I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

Ghostpoet - I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #247 / 710
User Score
Based on 121 ratings
2020 Ratings: #569
Liked by 4 people
May 1, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Play It Again Sam / Label
Art Pop, Art Rock / Genres
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That observant, honest intensity makes this album feel important beyond its sphere.

The Line of Best Fit

Brilliantly produced, thematically solid, prescient, insightful and witty: it tackles with aplomb the paradoxical themes of isolation and overconnectivity, anxiety and the seeming proximity of death.

Loud and Quiet

Listening to an album this bleak, during a time this bleak, might be a little much for some. Yet if, like me, you find comfort in sharing despair, this is a highly rewarding, haunting experience, one that really grapples with the difficulties of keeping calm and carrying on.


There is a clear sense of urgency with ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’, as well as themes of darkness, despair and uncertainty, yet the songs themselves are eclectic and often extremely catchy.


A masterful soundtrack to a failing society - one that carries even more weight as we redefine community, connection and togetherness.

The Independent

Gone is much of the external noise – typewriter clatters, vinyl crackles and the whir of bicycle spokes – replaced by ambitiously ornate compositions.

The Telegraph

His fifth album as Ghostpoet, I Grow Tired But I Dare not Fall Asleep is full of more strange, brooding bedroom soundtracks mashing up elements of electronica, trip hop, post punk and alternative rock, to which he adds spoken word lyrics delivered in a disconcerting, wearily resigned monotone.


Over the past decade Ghostpoet has crafted his own niche, one in which dramatic instrumentation is paired with his inimitable drawl, and this record further solidifies the style that he’s known for, albeit with a few missteps along the way.


Acclaimed singer-songwriter Obaro Ejimiwe combines weighty lyrics with delicately intimate sounds. Often, though, you long for the gloom to lift.

The Guardian

Where this record falters is when Ghostpoet’s writing turns prosaic, and when the echoes of other artists become impossible to ignore.

In one of the more haunting affairs of the whole year, Obaro Ejimiwe, otherwise known here as Ghostpoet, makes a major statement with his album I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep. The album is a shaking affair with head spinning genre bending and woozying siren-like synth lines over orchestral sounds. The whole album feels, and is, massive in a completely undeniable way.

Obaro employs this almost sultry voice while doling out lines that leave the listener feeling the isolation and dread ... read more
Ghostpoet is a sick man, he is a spiteful man, he thinks maybe something is wrong with his liver. there is obsessive talk about dystopia these days. Ghostpoet is here to remind us that it can and always will get worse. like a monologue from Dostoevsky, the lyrics here are brutal and sinister. "brooding" is a word that is sure to be over-used to describe this record. "debased" would be more accurate. every sound is measured to create a sense of nauseating unease within a deep ... read more
Find his vocals a real chore, NR
I remember absolutely adoring Ghostpoet's 'Peanut Butter and Melancholy Jam' back in my early-twenties. I would listen to "Cash and Carry Me Home" incessantly, much to the dismay of anyone who set foot into my car. Eventually, it would be one of those albums that fell by the wayside, usurped by the next "flavour of the month." The song would slowly stop featuring in my favourite playlists and eventually fade into obscurity.

The reason for this anecdote is that I genuinely ... read more
This has its moments of greatness, but it isn’t very engaging. It makes the record feel a lot longer than it is. The last couple of tracks are easily the best
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Track List

  1. Breaking Cover
  2. Concrete Pony
  3. Humana Second Hand
  4. Black Dog Got Silver Eyes
  5. Rats In a Sack
  6. This Train Wreck of a Life
  7. Nowhere To Hide Now
  8. When Mouths Collide
  9. I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep
  10. Social Lacerations
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Added on: January 29, 2020