The Dream Is Over

PUP - The Dream Is Over
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #197 / 877
User Score
Based on 201 ratings
2016 Ratings: #208
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May 27, 2016 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

Turning it up to eleven, PUP’s second album is a tongue-in-cheek rampage through everything that matters.


The Dream is Over is everything the band’s debut was and more. It’s angrier, louder, and at times, it’s downright hilarious.

A.V. Club

In many ways, The Dream Is Over is a record that perfectly captures the moment between bottoming out and rising above. Not many would be able to find this much strength when on the brink of collapse, but PUP’s never seemed all that interested in doing things the easy way.


The Dream Is Over has no pretext or pretence; the band did what they did best in 2013, and then did it a bit better here.

With their strong hooks, gang vocals, and spastic transitions, PUP offer a visceral mix of unity and chaos. They've also got a sense of humor that helps keep from getting mired in potential emo/pop-punk tropes, making them sound, at times, like a freaked-out, hardcore Dead Milkmen.
Theirs is a tightly-wound coil of self-deprecation, wasted opportunity and bubbling-under garage punk. You’d harbour a guess their collective record collections (and recreational activities, for that matter) would match those of kindred spirits FIDLAR and Wavves.

Though a far more accomplished and tuneful record than their debut, The Dream Is Over feels just as much a preview for PUP’s live show.

Consequence of Sound

For the most part, The Dream Is Over doesn’t advance the agenda PUP laid out on their self-titled, though it does hone it to a sharper point.

The meat of the album is about relationships gone awry, but the edges of that are where PUP really flourish.
Drowned in Sound
PUP’s second record is one of moments and contrast - huge musical and lyrical leaps forward, some magical trickery and sleight of hand, a few stumbling mis-steps and finally a huge bright, beaming light offering this budding band a path to follow down which they can flower, grow and hey, maybe one day, not be quite so fucking hard on themselves.
The Needle Drop
At its best, the new PUP album is a clever, witty piece of modern pop punk. At its worst, it's a temper tantrum.
No Ripcord

Stephan Babcock is a determined performer, and his bandmates are suitable harmonizers, but even at a tight 30-minutes the album’s lack of strong melodic direction quickly turns tiresome with its stilted, colorless sonic onslaught.

I guess my already non-existant emo-ness just faded away after listening to this shit.

PUP are a Pop Punk band from Toronto, Canada that I wasn't familiar with at all. I basically only knew them from their newest album, Morbid Stuff.

I discovered them through Tabby. He has their two first albums, PUP and this. I listened to a snippet of one of the songs, and figured I would love it because I personally love modern punk rock like Otoboke Beaver and Amyl and The Sniffers, but maaan was this a ... read more
PUP hit the nail on square on the head in creating a record with a dead perfect balance of everything that Pop Punk should be: Loud and energetic vocals, enough angst and immaturity (but crucially not too much), well-executed riffs and of course, addictive hooks. The seamless transition from If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will into DVP is fantastic and the aggression in the lyrics is the perfect mix of cynicism and juvenile anger. Another great example of these powerful, angry lyrics is in ... read more
Another great punk album by a great punk band, The Dream Is Over doesn't quite have the impact and polish that Morbid Stuff does, but it is still an intensely enjoyable listen, with some absolute gems of not just the band's discography, but of the entire genre in recent years. Certainly, some songs are a little forgettable, not really doing much other than being 'good tracks', but a lot of this album is just damn good, particularly the opening tracks, the big hit Sleep in the Heat, and the ... read more
I might be a little biased, because I love the new emo bands right now like modern baseball and the front bottoms but i love this album. Just like the two i mentioned before this album almost feels kind of nostalgic while still being aggressive and exciting.
A fun and upbeat album, but the replay value just isn't there for me.
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Track List

  1. If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will
  2. Dvp
  3. Doubts
  4. Sleep in the Heat
  5. The Coast
  6. Old Wounds
  7. My Life Is Over and I Couldn't Be Happier
  8. Can't Win
  9. Familiar Patterns
  10. Pine Point
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Added on: March 30, 2016