- Phosphene Dream

The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream
CRITIC SCORE
68
Based on 12 reviews
2010 Rank: #499 / 818
USER SCORE
81
Based on
12 ratings

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80
No Ripcord

Phosphene Dream is the newest album by the neo-psychedelic quintet, free of the night air and obscuring sounds that fueled its predecessor.

77
Coke Machine Glow

By showing a willingness to diversify their sound while cutting down on bloat, Phosphene Dream is easily the Black Angels most listenable record to date. It also suggests that they’re keen on that most outmoded of concepts in the blog era: career longevity.

72
Pitchfork

The Black Angels had some great songs on Passover and Directions to See a Ghost, but after a few tracks, they all began to sound the same. Phosphene Dream is a step up, if only for the little bit of variety that the tighter arrangements and genre-hopping provide. You can take it a piece at a time or swallow it in one big dose.

70
Spin
These leading (black) lights of the Austin psych-rock scene clean up their murky production for album three, and cast their dilated gaze even further back in time.
SiberianBreaks
84
The Black Angels take a more accessible approach here. It's definitely more straightforward compared to their droney stuff from their last album, but it's still got that beautiful intensity that made 'Passover' so great.

Favourite tracks: Yellow Elevator #2, Telephone, The Sniper
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