Villagers - Fever Dreams
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #105 / 513
User Score
Based on 123 ratings
2021 Ratings: #220
Liked by 13 people
August 20, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash

‘Fever Dreams’ is very possibly Villagers’ most ambitious and endearing record to date.

80
NME

Otherworldly strings, music box melodies and ambient atmospherics coalesce to bring Conor O’Brien's hallucinatory alternative reality to life.

80
Gigwise

Fever Dreams is a bold and ambitious statement for Villagers’ fifth album, a record full of risks at a time in the lifespan of a band when many artists have found their groove and are happy to play it safe.

80
Uncut

At its best here, this produces minor masterpieces like the shimmering romance of “The First Day” or “Circles In The Firing Line", alithe and bristling combination of John Grant and John Misty, which repeatedly pulls the rug from under your feet with its cheek.

80
Mojo

This edge of madness — а sense of a record that has stewed in itself, fermented, and re-emerged in a surreal form its creator had not planned — is a large part of what makes Fever Dreams the free-est, fun-est, most psychedelic Villagers record so far.

80
The Skinny

Soulful and gospel roads rise to meet Conor O'Brien on Villagers' dense fifth studio album.

80
Loud and Quiet

It’s well-executed and well-timed, ambitious and meticulously polished yet more effortless, organic and free-flowing than ever.

80
The Irish Times

By weirding up his trademark magic, he somehow sounds closer to himself than ever.

80
DIY

A thrilling and unpredictable addition to Villagers’ gleaming canon.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

While it occasionally loses its footing in the throes of musical abandon, the sheer immensity of some of these moments are testament to O’Brien’s growth as an artist.

80
musicOMH

This is an album that demands to be properly listened to though, not reduced to background music – properly immerse yourself in Villagers’ Fever Dreams and it’s an experience you won’t want to wake up from.

80
Evening Standard

The whole is a dense, complex collection full of unexpected riches.

60
Dork

Conor O’Brien has created a beautiful, open, and honest piece of work in which he exposes his very soul – and invites you to do the same.

TheNerdyNerd201
84
Look out villagers there’s a bear goddamnit 👉 🧸🧸

Let’s Fucking go.

Background information:

“Conor O'Brien formed Villagers after the break-up of his previous band The Immediate. Villagers gave their first live performance as a support act with The Chapters. They had only seven songs, written by O'Brien and passed on to the rest of the band to learn. Villagers came to prominence in 2010 with the release of their debut album, Becoming a Jackal. Released to critical ... read more
EraX
70
i mean yeah its got a bear on the cover and so simpatico is one of the best songs ever so who cares about the rest 10/10
R1v3r__
75
Bear
Schmedess
79
it definitely isn’t perfect however So Simpatico is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. There are other fantastic songs here but man… that one is special
NTTR
60
Villagers - Fever Dreams

Genre: Indie Pop
Country: Ireland

Final Verdict: 60% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 361th / 690

Highlight: Full Faith In Providence

Made me think of:
Damien Jurado
Cass McCombs
Damien Rice
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Added on: April 20, 2021