The Dream Is Over
PUP - The Dream Is Over
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #214 / 724
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2016 Ratings: #193
May 27, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
SideOneDummy / Label
Pop Punk / Genres / Website
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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.

Mar 10, 2018*
▲ If This Tour Doesn't Kill You_ I Will, Sleep In The Heat, Old Wounds, My Life Is Over And I Couldn't Be Happier, Familiar Patterns
▼ The Coast, Pine Point
Dec 15, 2016
So fun. Hard rock that is emotionally uplifting because of the positive vibes associated with its unparalleled jokes. Great album.
Oct 6, 2016
A fun and upbeat album, but the replay value just isn't there for me.
Aug 3, 2016
I didn't think it would be possible to better their debut release, but PUP have disproved this with The Dream is Over.

Favourite song: Old Wounds.
Jul 11, 2016
PUP's newest album, "The Dream Is Over", is explosively fun; it brings along with it the tenacity--and energy--the band frequently puts on display on tour. Additionally, more than a few choruses are easy to sing along with in a typical anthemic punk rock fashion. However, like most punk rock, the LP is a systematic rehash of sounds and well-trodden topics, which will damper its lasting appeal.

Notable Songs: "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will"; "Dvp"; ... read more
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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
Contributions By
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Added on: March 30, 2016