It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Lee Perreira released Melodies for Marie, that came out and left you wanting more. But you had to wait half a decade to get more – a lot more. What’s That Gotta Do With My Dreams is the new full-length album from Perreira. With fifteen tracks in just over an hour, this could keep you occupied for a while.
There are a lot of folks in this town who play blues rock, but I’m not sure there are many who actually play it better than Perreira, plus he has a voice that probably tops any that do. For as long as I’ve been digging his tunes and catching his performances, it’s always been about the combo of his masterful licks and that fantastic voice. This album is the culmination of that magic and also a hell of a lot of hard work.
“Born in Da LBC” opens the whole thing up, and it joins rough-hewn blues rock with a touch of The Faces around the chorus. The success of the album isn’t the songs where Perreira shows his chops as a maestro, but rather the ones where he takes more chances and swims into slightly different territory. For instance, the title track, made into an acronym, mixes Jack Johnson with a touch of John Mayer in the best possible way. “Celebrate” is just straight-up rock ’n’ roll and a searing, sexy number.
“Whiskey Lullaby” has a vocal warmth and emotional vulnerability even with its minimal musical backdrop. With “Freedom,” Perreira gets a new groove on, and it’s one of the most rewarding moments of the album, with an added touch of funk. Those are only a few highlights of an album that’s akin to sipping whiskey, best enjoyed when you’ve got the time, so it goes down smooth.