Album Review: “Infinite Dream”


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Join A&E editor, Talia Macchi in a review of Bazzi’s third studio album, “Infinite Dream.”

Talia Macchi

“And I can fly in my infinite dream, where nothing’s ever as it seems” is how Lebanese-American singer-songwriter, Bazzi, opens his third studio album, “Infinite Dream,” released on Sept. 16, 2022. The artist first gained traction in 2017 with his song “Mine,” which charted in various countries and hit the Billboard’s Hot 100. Now, five years later, the 25-year-old popstar takes us into a lucid dream through his new record.

Ever since his 2nd studio album, “Soul Searching,” came out in 2019, Bazzi had been dropping singles like crazy, making it obvious that a new record was on the horizon. In fact, six of these singles made it onto this latest album.  These included, “Young & Alive,” released in 2020, and “I like that,” released in 2021, and fit perfectly into the dream versus reality vibe that he gives us throughout the other 17 tracks of “Infinite Dream.”

Right away, I was drawn in by the alternate reality imagery depicted on the cover of the album. Bazzi is wearing all white and looks like he is being elevated into space by a supernatural force. He is floating in a sky full of pink and blue, with the silhouette of his own face blended into the clouds. The cover is reminiscent of his first studio album, “Cosmic,” which also has a large emphasis on space.

“I think space and music go hand in hand, in the sense that they give a little more mystery and magic to life,” Bazzi said in an interview with “13WMAZ.”

I already knew this album was going to be something special from the album cover, and I was right.

The first track, “Infinite Dream,” is only 32 seconds long, and with Bazzi’s high-pitched vocals, you really feel as though the music is transporting you into an alternate universe. Then, there is a smooth transition into the second track, “SYWM,” standing for: “Say You Want Me.” This lively tune is all about his desires to feel wanted and loved. This is similar to the acronymized track ten “dlma <3,” or “Don’t Leave Me Alone.” The opening lyrics, “Don’t leave me alone tonight, baby, I’m too weak to be here on my own again,” send us to a beat drop with an increased tempo and an electric synth overlay throughout the song.

Within the first ten seconds of listening to track three, “Heaven,” I pressed the download button as the techno-heavy intro captivated me. As the song went on, I recognized more of Bazzi’s classic happy and calm melodies. Bazzi harmonizes with himself throughout the tune, adding depth and an echo-like sensation, which makes it feel as though you are floating.

We see a lot of experimenting throughout the album with songs like “Only Fan,” “Miss America” and, especially, the song “Lost In The Simulation.” In this song, the constant thumping beat of the bass guitar imitates the “wim-o-weh” from “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in “The Lion King.” Bazzi brings us something new with these feel-good, groovy pieces. And I just know that track four, “Little Miss Sunshine,” is going to be a hit this summer.

However, the sun isn’t shining over the whole album. While a lot of tracks are about the happy, high spirited feelings a person can bring you, a few of the tracks are about heartbreak and pain. He sang “Will It Ever Feel The Same” about trying to let go of a past relationship and finding someone new. Many assume this song to be about his ex-girlfriend, model Renee Herbert, whom he dated for 5 years. Another melancholy song is “Human (Cocaine)” which focused on moving on from past mistakes and understanding those mistakes as a part of life.

Furthermore, many of the songs refer to his alcohol and drug use issues, which escalated during the pandemic. He highlights this in “One Way Ticket” with lyrics like, “When I get too high, how I landed this life / If I said goodbye, how would it make you feel.” However, he is very open about his troubles on his social media platforms, and is in the process of getting better.

“Life can be a lot less hard if we do it together,” and that “I got all of you like you got me. I’m going to get better for all of us,” Bazzi said in an interview with WRMF radio.

Finally, the last track, “Don’t Leave Me Now,” starts off with a piano ballad that sounds to me like a spaceship or lasers. It then surprisingly transitions into a sorrowful tune that also brings me a sense of calmness and nostalgia. He sings about not wanting something to end, like he is saying goodbye to the infinite dream that he is in.

This album is all about the many different feelings that life can bring to you. Bazzi lets you feel all sorts of emotions in 48 minutes. I highly recommend this piece to anyone who wants to feel something. Every song made me feel a different emotion, and I felt as though I was right beside Bazzi throughout his out-of-this-world journey. I cannot wait to experience this journey live in concert at the end of this month.  I am excited to see what else Bazzi has to offer as an artist.