Dormarion - Telekinesis

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 16, 2013
    The album includes a perky Cure pastiche, a taste of synth-pop and some very Spoon-ish back-and-forth between fuzzed-out, noisy guitars, but the succinct, kinetic rockers are its high points, and leaves you wanting more of them. [No. 97, p.59]
  2. Apr 12, 2013
    Lerner released two solid albums of guitar-and-drum-led rock, but he grows on Dormarion because he is finally willing to knock over the boundaries he built for himself.
  3. 50
    At each fork in the road, instead of going one way or another, Lerner takes the fork.
  4. Apr 9, 2013
    The songwriting is just as strong as anything in Lerner’s output and much like emotional nadirs, emotional zeniths also fade. Lerner’s moment in the sun is as fun for the listener as it is for him.
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    With three similar, enjoyable albums of sunny indie rock/power pop under his belt, with Dormarion, Lerner may have reached the end of this particular avenue of sonic exploration.
  6. Apr 3, 2013
    There's more of the same on Dormarion, the singing drummer's reliably affable third album for Merge, which has a little something for everyone, but stops short of total engagement, like a slightly too tipsy party host.
  7. Overall, Dormarion is one of the most eclectic, fun records of the year.
  8. Apr 2, 2013
    Dormarion should leave returning fans satisfied and new listeners hooked as Lerner continues to refine his skills and churn out strong albums.
  9. Apr 2, 2013
    Though the desire to expand his musical repertoire is understandable, the new direction doesn’t feel particularly inspired or innovative, and detracts from the simpler pleasures he’s still quite capable of delivering.
  10. Apr 1, 2013
    While the resulting record may not have the power to transcend time and space, it's got loads of charm and a captain who knows how to chart a streamlined course.
  11. 60
    Dormarion [is] his most mature album yet, and proves Lerner to be one of the more talented young indie pop acts out there today.
  12. Mar 29, 2013
    There’s no question he can put a good tune together; what’s less clear is whether he can interpret those tunes as well as he writes them, and breathe a little flesh-and-blood human messiness into them in the process.
  13. Mar 29, 2013
    The songwriting is sharp, the tunes memorable, and the spirit there in droves. But, for better or worse, new ground is not paved.
  14. 70
    Dormarion is a record that fits the Telekinesis mould whilst taking major strides towards breaking it; it’s uneven, sure, but it’s also pretty exciting.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 18, 2013
    Telekinesis, the project fronted by Michael Benjamin Lerner, returns with third album Dormarion and it picks up right where predecessor 12 Desperate Straight Lines leaves off. When it comes to power indie pop it really doesn’t get much better than Telekinesis. 2011’s 12 Desperate Straight Lines was a break up record that drew you in with its happy go lucky melodies and big hooks while Lerner sang about some heartbreaking Dormarion finds Lerner doing much of the same type of music, but with much more positive subject matter. Former producer, Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, is gone and in his place Spoon’s Jim Eno fills and does a great job....

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  2. Apr 9, 2013
    First Telekinesis album had bigger wow-effect than this. Dormarion is good and strong album, but for me it doesn´t have any surprising elements.That´s why I gave 7 from 10. So, if you liked old Telekinesis then probably you will love Dormarion as well. And if I have to point out my favorite track from this album, I would say Wires. Full Review »