I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
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Based on 21 reviews
2016 Ratings: #60 / 758
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Based on 149 ratings
2016 Ratings: #62
September 23, 2016 / Release Date
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Glassnote / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The tone for much of I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is set both musically and lyrically by its opening track – the warm, woody palette and the tinges of loss and regret.

The Line of Best Fit

I Had A Dream That You Were Mine captures the bold artistic realizations of a pair of inspired musicians who have no desire to look back at their own careers, nor any desire to repeat themselves creatively.

Under The Radar
It shouldn't work. The gap between everything, on paper, seems too extreme, and yet, perhaps because of Batmanglij's attention to detail, perhaps because of the force of Leithauser's persona, it all hangs together.
It’s rare for collaborative albums between known entities to feel like equal reflections of both parties, but RostHam find a middle-ground in mutual longing for the past.
Loud and Quiet
It’s a concept that plays out beautifully with Rostam’s production softening Leithauser’s lupine power and makes ‘I Had a Dream That You Were Mine’ a storied, sepia waltz through more sentimental times.
Drowned in Sound

Not every record needs to provoke awe or profound emotion – they can simply be a good time. That’s not to damn I Had A Dream That You Were Mine with faint praise as this is a damn good time.

The Guardian
This is an album that sounds as if it was enjoyable to record.

It may tail off towards the close, but genuine warmth emanates throughout. A partnership that’s charged with ideas, this feels like a collaboration that’s only just getting going.


The joy here is how at home the two feel together, which makes sense when you know the songs started out literally in a bedroom.


Hamilton + Rostam synthesizes two distinct musicians for a sound that's ultimately greater than the sum of its parts.


It would be easy to say that I Had a Dream That You Were Mine rivals Rostam and Leithauser's past work, but it's better to say that it's the beginning of a great partnership.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Hamilton’s lyrics complement Rostam’s itinerant production, dwelling on half-exhaled scenes, fleeting vignettes, and unmoored feelings that float just beyond the penumbra of the present.

Pretty Much Amazing
What better indie rock duo could we get than this?
Consequence of Sound

I Had a Dream You Were Mine overflows with satisfying and complex melodic shape.


What gets left out of their pop experimentation much of the time are simply hooks. The callbacks to other artists and eras are easy to recognize, but it’s often hard to remember which song they are attached to.


It’s a collaboration that works as there’s a sense of longing for the past from both parties, be it lyrically throughout from Leithauser, or musically in the retro styling brought by Rostam. A solid debut then, full of yearning and barstool tales.


There are moments on I Had a Dream when their perspectives lock together and strike you in the gut.

This was a very interesting pairing, but an exciting one. Rostam's muscles as a producer are flexed here: he shows that he can back up not only one of the best indie rock bands of the 2000's in Vampire Weekend, but the lead singer of another great indie rock act in Hamilton Leithauser as well. Shades of great VW classics shine here through Hamilton's more urgent, grittier voice.
' I Had A Dream That You Were Mine' is just the sort of album 2016 had been missing. I didn't know Rostam at all, but loved The Walkmen. Leithausers debut never really did anything for me, so I am thrilled that 'I Had A Dream..' sees him back in form. Like on every The Walkmen output, Leithausers presence is immense. ' I Had A Dream..' is just a nice record an in this case it didn't have to be much more.

Favorite moments: A 1000 Times, In a Black Out, You Ain't That Young Kid.
It really is a collaborative album, you can definitely indentify Rostam sound and Hamilton Leithauser writing, it never feels like one of them is taking more credit than the other, it's well balanced. However, I must admit that at some points I found it a bit corny, even though if that adds a bit of charm to the songs overall. I just wished that all of the tracks were as explosive as "A 1000 Times", because when the album goes very low-key it can get a bit exhausting at the end of the ... read more
A 1000 Time is one of my favourite songs of 2k16. The rest of the album is quite good too.
Both melodic and energic, the highly anticipated collaboration between ex-Vampire Weekend Rostam and The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser shows the two artists in a very balanced and well-crafted collection of indie-rock tunes that harks back to the genre's golden age, immediately bringing to mind seminal acts such as The Strokes (which may be pointed out as the main influence here). The duo does a pretty good job in keeping things interesting with the peculiar production style and the varied song ... read more
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Track List

  1. A 1000 Times
  2. Sick as a Dog
  3. Rough Going (I Don't Let Up)
  4. In a Black Out
  5. Peaceful Morning
  6. When the Truth Is...
  7. You Ain't That Young Kid
  8. The Bride's Dad
  9. The Morning Stars
  10. 1959 (feat. Angel Deradoorian)
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