The aptly named The Opening Act offers some heavenly music indeed, an alt-gospel, a cappella slice of psychedelia whose short but effective ways indicate that this isn’t going to be an ordinary album. After all, an album that offers its first full-length track, a psychedelic, blues, and trippy take on Black Sabbath’s iconic Changes, is not playing by the usual rule book. Heaven and Hell, perhaps!
From here, the cheekily named Dean The Dream wanders psychedelic sonic pathways and trippy blues trails, blends classic rock with acid drops, heady, incensed-infused 60’s counter-culture cool with hippy chic.
Dying Staying Alive follows The Doors on strange odysseys, rock music baked in the desert heat, and opening the doors of perception into Huxley’s otherworldly experiences. Kiss Me Kill Me is a slow-burning, deep, brooding 50’s style ballad brought bang up-to-date. He even takes Elvis’ It Hurts Me and plays it with a hazy subtlety and suppleness that the original missed.
The album ends with the title track, Hitchin’ It To Heaven, a song that the likes of The Black Keys or The White Stripes would have given their right arm to have written.
Hitchin’ It To Heaven is no ordinary album, and Dean the Dream is no typical artist. If you want a taste of the past turned into a glimpse of the future, this is the album, and certainly the artist, for you.