I have already expressed my love for The Dream’s songwriting skills in multiple posts. I will say that his latest album, which is rumored to be his last, was a huge disappointment. His first and second albums were full of great songs, which unfortunately will never see the light of day. ‘Right Side of My Brain’ is a mid-tempo song lamenting about a difficult relationship and the affects, both physical and emotional, that it has on the body. To date it is the best of The Dream’s slower songs, and touches on a side of his that we rarely see; emotion.
The beat was done by Trick Stewart (naturally), who seems to be channeling Timbaland adding beat boxing as the songs bass line. I love when producers go outside of their comforts zones, especially on slower songs. The Dream and Tricky usually take from their same bag of tricks, so I enjoyed the fact that this song made the album. The synth line added at the end of the song adds even more emotion to the lyrics. When a producer uses their music to spark emotion, then they are doing their job quite well.
The Dream is a weak vocalist to say the least, so I doubt that he would ever sing this song live. There are certain parts that sound like he is stretching, but he manages to keep his composure. His harmonies during the last chorus sound great, and even fool me into thinking that he has a good voice. If The Dream could sing louder and bolder than I might like his voice. Still, even with a weak voice it somehow works for this song. His voice matches the lyrics, sounding both timid and hurt. The hook is good enough, but the “Ohs” in the chorus are obnoxious and don’t match the song. I love the bridge when the music is stripped down and then builds up. It may be the oldest trick in the book, but it works every time.
With his new album doing so bad I wanted to revisit his old material to remind myself why I like him. I wanted to share this song to hopefully shed light on it. I still don’t understand why he can write such good songs for other artist, but fails to deliver for himself. Hopefully he will be able to fix this problem in the future. If you don’t like the song the first time give it another chance. I realize that The Dream may not appeal to everyone, but I do believe that if a song is good enough the audience can look past the person who is singing it. Check it out!