Pat Benatar (Wide Awake in Dreamland)

Official Album Cover

The Album

Pat Benatar, a trailblazing force in the realm of rock music, continued to captivate audiences with her electrifying vocals and poignant lyrics in her 1988 album, Pat Benatar (Wide Awake in Dreamland). Released during a transformative period in her career, the album showcased Benatar’s versatility as an artist while delivering a collection of tracks that resonated with listeners on both emotional and sonic levels.

“All Fired Up,” the album’s lead single, set the tone with its pulsating energy and empowering lyrics, solidifying Benatar’s reputation as a powerhouse performer. The track effortlessly blends rock and pop sensibilities, showcasing Benatar’s ability to craft anthemic melodies that resonate with audiences across generations.

“One Love” follows, offering a soulful exploration of love and longing. Benatar’s emotive delivery and the song’s infectious rhythm create an irresistible blend of passion and vulnerability, captivating listeners from the first note.

The album takes a soulful turn with “Let’s Stay Together,” a heartfelt ballad that showcases Benatar’s vocal range and emotional depth. The track’s introspective lyrics and haunting melodies invite listeners into a world of introspection and introspection.

“Don’t Walk Away” channels Benatar’s signature rock edge, combining gritty guitar riffs with soaring vocals to create a dynamic sonic landscape. The track’s anthemic chorus and infectious groove make it a standout moment on the album.

“Too Long a Soldier” offers a poignant reflection on the human cost of war, with Benatar’s evocative lyrics painting a vivid picture of sacrifice and resilience. The song’s haunting melody and haunting imagery linger in the listener’s mind long after the final note fades.

“Cool Zero” injects a dose of adrenaline into the album, with its infectious energy and driving rhythm. Benatar’s fierce vocals and the song’s electrifying guitar solos create a sense of urgency and excitement that is impossible to ignore.

“Cerebral Man” showcases Benatar’s introspective side, with its introspective lyrics and atmospheric instrumentation. The song’s dreamy melodies and haunting harmonies create a mesmerizing sonic landscape that draws listeners in from the first chord.

“Lift ‘Em on Up” channels Benatar’s rock roots, with its infectious groove and anthemic chorus. The track’s driving rhythm and soaring vocals make it a standout moment on the album, showcasing Benatar’s unmatched talent as a performer.

“Suffer the Little Children” offers a poignant reflection on the plight of children in a troubled world, with Benatar’s emotive vocals and poignant lyrics delivering a powerful message of hope and resilience.

The album closes with the titular track, “Wide Awake in Dreamland,” a soaring anthem that captures the album’s central themes of love, longing, and resilience. Benatar’s emotive delivery and the song’s anthemic chorus leave a lasting impression, cementing “Wide Awake in Dreamland” as a timeless classic in Benatar’s illustrious discography.

Conclusion

In conclusion, “Wide Awake in Dreamland” stands as a testament to Pat Benatar’s enduring brilliance as a performer and songwriter. With its powerful vocals, poignant lyrics, and dynamic instrumentation, the album continues to captivate listeners and inspire generations of musicians. From anthemic rockers to soulful ballads, “Wide Awake in Dreamland” offers a diverse sonic journey that showcases Benatar’s unparalleled talent and creativity.

Track Listing

  1. All Fired Up
  2. One Love
  3. Don’t Walk Away
  4. Let’s Stay Together
  5. Too Long a Soldier
  6. Cool Zero
  7. Cerebral Man
  8. Lift ‘Em on Up
  9. Suffer the Little Children
  10. Wide Awake in Dreamland

All Fired Up

Lyrics

Livin’ with my eyes closed
Goin’ day to day
I never knew the difference
I never cared either way
Lookin’ for a reason
Searchin’ for a sign
Reachin’ out with both hands
I gotta feel the kick inside

All fired up (now I believe there comes a time)
All fired up (when everything just falls in line)
All fired up (we live an’ learn from our mistakes)
All fired up, fired up, fired up
Hey!

Ain’t nobody livin’
In a perfect world
Everybody’s out there
Cryin’ to be heard
Now I got a new fire
Burnin’ in my eyes
Lightin’ up the darkness
Movin’ like a meteorite

All fired up (now I believe there comes a time)
All fired up (when everything just falls in line)
All fired up (we live an’ learn from our mistakes)
All fired up, fired up, fired up (the deepest cuts are healed by faith)

Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live and learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith

Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live and learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith

Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live and learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith

Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live and learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith
Now I believe

All fired up (now I believe there comes a time)
All fired up (when everything just falls in line)
All fired up (we live an’ learn from our mistakes)
All fired up, fired up, fired up (the deepest cuts are healed by faith)

All fired up, now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live and learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith

Reference

Wide Awake in Dreamland – Wikipedia