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Ice on the Dune
Empire of The Sun - Ice on the Dune
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2013 Ratings: #795 / 939
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2013 Ratings: #297
June 18, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Astralwerks / Label
Synthpop, Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

The guys in Empire of the Sun manage to not only catch the lightning again, but their skill at crafting perfect pop, the depth in their songs, and the emotion their voices transmit make this record better than one might have ever expected.

80
PopMatters

Disjointed ending or not, Empire of the Sun has delivered a well-blended mix of disco, electropop and just plain fun that evokes the greats without copying them outright. 

75
Under The Radar

On their own, however, the songs still have the relentless hooks, the danceable rhythms, the chiseled melodies, plus the mysterious lyricism that production alone cannot create. 

70
The Line of Best Fit

The album is full of high-energy, highly-infectious dance numbers–in a way that demands frequently radio play, big-budget festival spots, distasteful Kesha collaborations, and another five year break between this and album #3.  

70
DIY

Empire Of The Sun’s true art lays far more in their ability to pick out a tune than tell a story.



60
Drowned in Sound

Perhaps with a little more nuance they can exploit the potential of their partnership to be one of the most intriguing electro-pop duos around - but on Ice on the Dune that potential remains unrealised.

60
Consequence of Sound

Dune offers plenty of accessible, danceable fun. It’s neither better nor worse than Dream, but for all that talk of “pushing through four dimensions” (“Surround Sound”), the album remains planted in its comfort zone.

60
musicOMH

The songs and melodies may be brighter, but there is a nagging sense throughout that something special has been lost somewhere in the process.

56
Pitchfork

Their voice isn't strong enough, their imprint on their diaphanous grooves not unique enough, to make them stick. Their stuff floats off, and the synths carry the whiff not of a beach breeze but of a department-store escalator.

40
NME

When you project a futuristic, magical and otherworldly image, you’d better have the sounds to match. And unfortunately, ‘Ice On The Dune’ is a four-to-the-floor electro-pop album that has literally nothing to do with the cheesy fable invented to go with it.

Dec 26, 2016
gssantanaa
55
The point is that just looking at the cover, I no longer feel like listening to this album. And when I start to listen it sounds strange and uncomfortable
May 25, 2014
Eldaufino
69
Standout tracks: Celebrate, DNA, Concert Pitch
END OF YEAR LISTS
#24/Q Magazine
#43/Gigwise
#90/Amazon
Track List
  1. Lux
  2. DNA
  3. Alive
  4. Concert Pitch
  5. Ice On the Dune
  6. Awakening
  7. I’ll Be Around
  8. Old Flavours
  9. Celebrate
  10. Surround Sound
  11. Disarm
  12. Keep a Watch


Added on: May 1, 2013