Dreamland

Glass Animals - Dreamland
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #234 / 492
User Score
Based on 214 ratings
2020 Ratings: #722
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August 7, 2020 / Release Date
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Wolf Tone / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
It's testament to the band's skill that at no point does 'Dreamland''s infatuation with the East Coast come off as culture-vulture voyeurism. Instead, they have crafted a new geography of their own, pulling together all of their strengths and vulnerabilities.
80
Q Magazine
The nostalgia would be overwhelming where it not for Bayley's ability to offset it with woozy, elastic beats, suggesting that all that time listening to Dr Dre wasn't wasted.
80
The Arts Desk

It matches How to Be a Human Being in style and high points, if not quite variety or consistent quality. It may not convert unbelievers, but for fans, Dreamland is a continuation of a winning formula.

80
Clash

A brave and ultimately bold move, it’s hugely effective – direct yet sumptuously nuanced, ‘Dreamland’ is a triumph.

80
Gigwise

Dreamland is a very well executed album, it is progressive in all the right ways, without ever losing sight of the group’s quirky signature sound.

80
NME

‘Dreamland’ is stuffed with effervescent nuggets of pop gold ... Yet look behind glittering shells of these tunes and you’ll find hugely personal stories, told with new strength and resilience.

80
The Independent
Thinking of childhood in such analytical detail can throw up wonderful memories, sure, but it can bring out dark things, too – things that tend to hang around in later life. It makes for a complex, thoughtful and moving record.
80
AllMusic

Glass Animals' most cohesive and satisfying album to date, Dreamland is a well-deserved triumph that's as rewarding for fans to hear as it was for the band to make.

70
God Is in the TV

There are moments where the lyrics can get a bit ludicrous and some songs veer a bit too much towards the pop production of Maroon 5. Nonetheless, it’s brave and admirable for Dave Bayley and Glass Animals to take the challenging leap into more exposing lyrics.

60
Slant Magazine
The album makes room for evocative, sensory lyrics and sonics that verge on the cinematic, but it also spends a lot of time on the mundane.
60
The Guardian
It retains their hallucinogenic sound but injects it with more glimmers of autobiography than they’ve ever previously shared.
57
Pitchfork
The UK psych-pop band stretches out to embrace hip-hop production and personal biography. It comes across like a guy trying to tell you his life story in a packed Coachella tent.
JacksonLerner
72
the first song written for dreamland is so electronically intimate that the original demo version made the album cut: glass animals have ascended into an institution (listen2 (déjà vu))

honestly though, it is a disappointing album; at its most basic this album is just fun
TreyLikesBands
54
So you're saying that we can slap a vaporwave aesthetic on anything, and this dude Trey, will just eat that shit up?
Hell no, apparently.
thegeecyproject
82
Glass Animals, in my opinion, are the best-case scenario of what mainstream indie-pop can sound like going into the 2020’s. In the age of the mono-genre, the English band have found a way to balance eccentric indie-pop melodies with exotic elements and trendy hip-hop/trip-hop rhythms. Ever since discovering them through their last ambitious full-length, 2016’s How To Be A Human Being, I’ve been highly anticipating what they would release next (My current profile picture is of ... read more
Jazpurz
40
As someone who appreciates aesthetics I've always respected Glass Animals for presenting their music in a way that feels natural and fresh. Quite literally in fact, with a lot of their lyrics being about about fruit, waterfalls, sweets, and various tropical things. It reminds me of the vaporwave movement, without necessarily reflecting it sonically. There's a lush vibe to their music that I was all for a few years back, and Dave's intimate and dreamy vocals were just the icing on the cake. And ... read more
ChrisMan
85
Dreamland - 8/10
Tangerine - 10/10
((home movie: 1994)) - NA
Hot Sugar - 8/10
((home movie: btx)) - NA
Space Ghost Coast To Coast - 10/10
Tokyo Drifting - 10/10
Melon and the Coconut - 8/10
Your Love (Déjà Vu) - 10/10
Waterfalls Coming Out Your Mouth - 7/10
It’s All So Incredibly Loud - 7/10
((home movie: rockets)) - NA
Domestic Bliss - 8/10
Heat Waves - 10/10
((home movie: shoes on)) - NA
Helium - 6/10

Best: Your Love (Déjà Vu)
Worst: Helium
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Track List

  1. Dreamland
  2. Tangerine
  3. ((home movie: 1994))
  4. Hot Sugar
  5. ((home movie: btx))
  6. Space Ghost Coast To Coast
  7. Tokyo Drifting
  8. Melon and the Coconut
  9. Your Love (Déjà Vu)
  10. Waterfalls Coming Out Your Mouth
  11. It’s All So Incredibly Loud
  12. ((home movie: rockets))
  13. Domestic Bliss
  14. Heat Waves
  15. ((home movie: shoes on))
  16. Helium
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