Themes for Dying Earth

Teen Daze - Themes for Dying Earth
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #321 / 721
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2017 Ratings: #417
February 10, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Flora / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
GIGsoup

The album is an amalgamation of Isaak’s previous musical efforts, ranging from ambient to dream pop with hints of live guitars and singer-songwriter influences, producing a coherent, complex whole.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Beyond Isaak’s lyrical focus on his surrounding environment and the concerns about climate change that sparked Themes for Dying Earth, musically the album moves in a more organic way from one song into another than if it were just a collection of ten songs.

80
Sputnikmusic

Themes for Dying Earth is fragile, beautiful to behold, dazzling at times, and easily one of the best surprises of the year thus far.

80
Exclaim!

He embraces that idealism one more on Themes for Dying Earth, mining the beauty of the natural world for inspiration, considering it as both a retreat from the anxiety of modern life and a bounty to be protected.

75
Pitchfork

Responding to harsh realities, Jamison Isaak uses softsynths, guitar amps, and his sensitive way with melody to craft an idyllic space.

75
Under The Radar

Themes For Dying Earth is a positive riposte to negativity and dazzling light in the face of darkness.

70
AllMusic

Themes for Dying Earth sounds much more natural; here, Jamison returns to his strengths, but the discipline of his previous experience hasn't worn off on him. 

70
The 405

By connecting different worlds into one, they result in heart-warming songs, reprising Teen Daze’s dreampop vision and layering it with valuable experience from other creative minds.

70
PopMatters

Themes is a record meant to sooth in its sensing of a crisis. It subtly implements the element of time, fashioning aspects like life and death into an intertwining of beautiful textures.

JFulfy
74
Best stuff yet.
Kappernicus
NR
Pleasant sounding album. Enjoyed
BuffaloStaple
79
Teen Daze has released a surprisingly consistent and very pleasant dream pop album, the melodies and bright textures all over this thing are very uplifting and nice to listen to. A few tracks did definitely have some shortcomings, I thought the song Water In Heaven was way too long and went pretty much nowhere, the directions this song went in just weren't interesting to me. The song Lost was easily the cheesiest song here and it ended in a pretty underwhelming way too with the song Wandering ... read more
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79
+6 https://youtu.be/SYRUDo4eA8s
holsgr
59
☆☆½ ~ I have some kind of ambivalence about the whole album concept. Lacks too much.
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Track List

  1. Cycle
  2. Dream City
  3. Becoming
  4. Lost (feat. Nadia Hulett)
  5. Cherry Blossoms (feat. Dustin Wong)
  6. First Rain (feat. S. Carey)
  7. Rising (feat. Sound of Ceres)
  8. Anew (feat. Jon Anderson)
  9. Water in Heaven
  10. Breath
  11. River Walk
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