I do love "Manhole", the title track is an amazing piece of music which I play a lot. Come Again Toucan is another track I have a lot of time for, I just love it's relaxed pace and very seventies sound.
However, as much as I love Manhole, it never really seems like a bona-fide solo album to me, due to the number of tracks which Grace doesn't play a large part in (or any part in ie- "it's only music") All these songs are great but I would rather they'd held them over for future JS albums.
Whereas "Dreams" is just .. ooo.. how can I describe it? It's sumptuous, velvety and rich in orchestration. Grace sounds fantastic with an orchestra and I really wish she'd done another album like this rather than going down the road of "Welcome to the Wrecking Ball" but, hey..that's Grace for you..always contrary!
Side One of Dreams is 5 individual tracks - Dreams / El Diablo / Face to the Wind / Angel of Night / Seasons... all of them great pieces of music.
Side Two is almost a mini-concept piece. It relates to Grace's time in rehab, recovering from alcohol addiction though the lyrics only refer to that rather obliquely. Tracks are Do It The Hard Way / Full Moon Man / Let It Go / Garden of Man.
The whole package, from the beautiful cover (in my avatar), to the production, to the performances, is an underrated masterpiece in my humble opinion.
If anyone is trying to get hold of this album, I was able to get it from caiman usa via amazon.com (and no - they're not paying me for saying that!)
Check it out. Your ears will love you forever.