Dean Wareham - Dean Wareham
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    A peculiar cove, Wareham is also a viciously acute lyricist with a love for tremolo, and has invented what might be described as quiet heavy metal, or rock’n’roll noir.
  2. Mar 21, 2014
    80
    Luna's obsessive valve-amp loveliness is here supplanted by a more varied spread. [Apr 2014, p.95]
  3. 80
    Whilst the front-end and middle of the collection may take some repeat spins to fully earn affection, the two six minute epics that conclude proceedings are unquestionable gems from the first airing.
  4. Mar 14, 2014
    80
    It's charming, tuneful stuff, rich in canonical cool. [Apr 2014, p.121]
  5. Mar 12, 2014
    80
    This is Wareham doing what he does best: making music he loves with people he holds dear. [No. 107, p.60]
  6. Mar 11, 2014
    80
    They recorded this in James’s studio in Louisville, Ky., and nearly each song has a compelling depth.
  7. Mar 11, 2014
    80
    Although it may be too early to tell, if the rest of his future solo albums sound anything like his debut, then this scrappy kid definitely has a bright future in the music biz.
  8. Mar 11, 2014
    80
    Melancholy has always been Wareham's default musical disposition, here he delivers his sadness with a coy, charming half-smile.
  9. Mar 10, 2014
    80
    The album is a joyous, well-executed mish-mash rooted in crisp sounds, thanks to James' rock-centric production.
  10. Mar 7, 2014
    80
    Not content with creating one of last year's most enchanting records, Dean Wareham has managed to repeat the trick once again in 2014. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.78]
  11. Mar 12, 2014
    75
    It’s an album that humorously but honestly explores the tensions that arise in any long-term relationship, however in this case, the pressures--financial, political, or otherwise--seem to be coming more from without than within.
  12. Mar 11, 2014
    75
    Wareham found his unhurried style and perfected it years ago; now it’s all about fine-tuning, and Dean Wareham feels more finely tuned than ever.
  13. Mar 19, 2014
    70
    It’s a beautiful pop record, in its succinctness, its self-consciousness, and its sheer will to live.
  14. Mar 11, 2014
    70
    Even if Dean Wareham isn't quite the sound of an artist shaking loose, its consolidation of strengths is something to admire.
  15. Mar 7, 2014
    70
    Songs from the wellspring of third-album VU; a few nods toward New Order; some charming turns of phrase. And on it goes.... [Apr 2014, p.83]
  16. Mar 7, 2014
    70
    There’s depth here, but it’s the introspective kind; this is the sound of untold wonder.
  17. 65
    Dean Wareham is an album that sees both of its key players growing in stature as it progresses; I could take or leave the first half, but the second is a delight.
  18. Mar 13, 2014
    60
    For all of its flaws, Dean Wareham is a comforting listen, one that plays to Wareham’s strengths and showcases organic changes in his signature style.
  19. 60
    Wareham’s languid, imperturbable voice and steady-paced music have a familiarly narcotic effect.
  20. 50
    In the main Dean Wareham is too dreary, too frequently.
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  1. Apr 5, 2014
    6
    I got a little excited for this album when i learned it's by Galaxie 500 frontman. I only listened to one track by them: Tugboat. And i really liked it. So i decided to give this a shot.

    It's good, but not great. It's got good music and vocals (his voice is still as good), but nothing sticks. Not like that track did. I probably won't remember anything from that album in a couple of months. But it was a good listen while it lasted.
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