Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    Songs like this--imaginative, contemplative, densely wordy, slightly silly but unflinchingly earnest--are arguably Lewis' strongest suit, especially in his recent work, and if the instances on A Turn in the Dream-Songs aren't quite as striking as those on its predecessor, the album still ranks right up there among his best.
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    His evocative, heartfelt, pin-sharp lines hit compelling grooves, all twists and turns, grin-inducing couplets and weirdness.
  3. Oct 20, 2011
    60
    Musically stripped to the basics, the set is engaging with an infectious charm, neatly adding to that capacious back catalogue.
  4. Oct 20, 2011
    70
    There are times though, when the record slips into a degree of smug self-reference that leaves you wishing that Lewis would spend less time considering what it means to be a songwriter, and more time just being one.
  5. Try "Cult Boyfriend," one of the funnier and more philosophical of the many reflections on romantic frustration this lifetime bohemian's cult career has afforded.
  6. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    Unabashedly weird, surprising wise, A Turn In The Dream-Songs is Lewis at his most accessible and affecting. [Nov 2011, p.95]
  7. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    It's all very Jeffrey-Lewis-esque in fact--another entertaining album from a man determined to cling to his cult status as long as possible.
  8. 70
    The anti-folk pioneer's sixth album for Rough Trade is a familiar comedy of errors, full of dusky textures with a sparkling hue of optimism.
  9. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    On his sixth album, the New York anti-folk singer/songwriter takes a step toward silencing the critics, tempering his creaky half-spoken vocals with some surprisingly sophisticated arrangements and harmonies with guests like Dr. Dog and Frances McKee of the Vaselines.
  10. Oct 25, 2011
    70
    Judging the innovations showcased on A Turn in the Dream-Songs, Lewis has plenty of tricks on reserve for his journey there.
  11. Jan 30, 2012
    80
    There's all the usual yarn-spinning and nerdy wit here, but ... there's also a warmth and wisdom that no amount of lo-fi goofing can disguise. [Nov 2011, p. 135]
  12. Oct 20, 2011
    60
    The fine line between cute and twee is ever present, however, and at times his tendency towards knowing self-assessment can grate. But he's certainly never boring.
  13. When he shuts up, and lets the shambling jangle and daydreamy exotica take over, it's great. When he sings, it's murder.
  14. Nov 11, 2011
    60
    The faux-naif schtick still grates somewhat, but there's also real substance, wit and heart here. [Nov 2011, p.91]

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