Lonesome Dreams
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2012 Ratings: #785 / 928
User Score
Based on 13 ratings
October 9, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Folk / Genres
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The 405

While they do operate within the realms of Americana, Lord Huron draw on a much wider breadth of instruments and influences, their sound is a lot busier and complex than Fleet Foxes have ever been.

Consequence of Sound

The clean-cut nature of Lonesome Dreams is one of its greatest strengths, but also its fatal flaw.


Lonesome Dreams sounds a lot like a kid from Michigan who ran to LA, who channeled Paul Simon channeling South Africa, Simon, who made falling out of love in a downtown taxi a sacred space. 


It's all so carefully composed, so studiously old-timey, this once-vibrant vision of American music overlaid with the drab browns and coppers of a Six Flags souvenir photobooth.


It seems they tried their hardest, and there were certainly some memorable moments, but these were ultimately outweighed by hackneyed banality and genre-bound cliches.

May 21, 2017
What Lord Huron lacks in a distinctive sound, they make up for in a compelling narrative -- this isn't quite a concept album, but it is a world-building album, which is more ambitious than what many of these rustic indie folk bands aim for. The pastoral Americana/folk-rock sound is evocative and more complex than it has to be, and when combined with wistful and nostalgic (and occasionally generic) lyrics, it all adds up to more than the sum of its parts.
Nov 18, 2015
First listen had me thinking, 'Gee? This sounds just like Fleet Foxes.' Quite the derivative foray into that worn to often to be of use genre of American folk-rock with echoplex.Frankly, I'm glad this style/sound is on the wane. Or, at least I hope it is. Did I mention derivative?
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Added on: July 11, 2012