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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28

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  1. MattR.
    Oct 4, 2006
    8
    Probably more straightforward and accessible than any of the previous albums, but still a great record. A listen on headphones reveals multiple interesting layers.
  2. geoffb
    Sep 30, 2006
    8
    Impressing is a word. I looked it up.
  3. JakeW
    Apr 3, 2007
    10
    Sparklehorse is brilliant.
  4. GuyH
    Oct 11, 2006
    8
    'Dreamt...' ticks all the right Sparklehorse boxes - you have gentle beauty (Shade and Honey), acoustic simplicity (Return to Me), full throttle punk (Ghost), sparkly pop (...Sunshine) and a bit of a tearjerker (Morning Hollow). There is something missing though - the album doesn't seem to have a unique voice of its own like 'Goodmorningspider' or 'Wonderful 'Dreamt...' ticks all the right Sparklehorse boxes - you have gentle beauty (Shade and Honey), acoustic simplicity (Return to Me), full throttle punk (Ghost), sparkly pop (...Sunshine) and a bit of a tearjerker (Morning Hollow). There is something missing though - the album doesn't seem to have a unique voice of its own like 'Goodmorningspider' or 'Wonderful Life' did. Its a bit more like 'Vivadixie...', some great songs that fit ok together to make a solid album. The one real exception is the final track, a lengthy instrumental mood piece that probably sounds like a dull idea on paper but actually works really well and gives this album something unique. Oh, and this is the first album not to mention Captain Howdy in a single song - what is the Sparklehorse world coming to? Expand
  5. TomB
    Sep 30, 2006
    9
    This album fuses together everything that is great about Good Morning Spider and It's a Wonderful Life. It's not radically different from either, but the familiar is welcome when it comes to a singular (and not especially prolific) talent like Linkous.
  6. ScottS
    Oct 5, 2006
    7
    Well, it's good of course. I don't think Linkous is capable of a bad album. But, after five years of waiting it's a little bit of an anticlimax. The progression through his first three albums kept each fresh and exciting. While this album is still inventive, it's hardly pushing on from "It's a Wonderful Life". It even contains one of the same songs (the hidden Well, it's good of course. I don't think Linkous is capable of a bad album. But, after five years of waiting it's a little bit of an anticlimax. The progression through his first three albums kept each fresh and exciting. While this album is still inventive, it's hardly pushing on from "It's a Wonderful Life". It even contains one of the same songs (the hidden track "Morning Hollow"). I just hope that now Linkous is back recording, we can expect more skewed genius from him in future. Expand
  7. JPCosta
    Sep 29, 2006
    10
    Finally, after 5 years, Mark Linkous manages to release his materpiece. Never has a voice sounded so close to fade into black.
  8. AliceR
    Nov 4, 2006
    8
    Great music - it is only now that I can appreciate why there was such a long wait!
  9. madsl
    Dec 4, 2006
    7
    My only problem with this latest effort from the very talented Mark Linkous, is the fact that no new ideas are brought to the fore despite the fact his last album was released half a decade ago! That is a mild criticism though when you get enraptured by a lovely tune like Shade and Honey anyway...
  10. MichaelE
    Sep 26, 2006
    9
    This is very, very impressing album that can easily be underestimated. Mark Linkous doesn´t give away his secrets quickly. I´m deeply impressed by the melange of sunny surfaces and deep melancolia. This is music for people who are attracted to David Lynch movies and deep listening!
  11. [Anonymous]
    Sep 26, 2006
    4
    Quite a disappointing step back from It's a Wonderful Life. Hope Linkous will make up for that sooner or later
  12. Chris
    Sep 29, 2006
    5
    Impressing is not a word btw. Anyway, this album is disappointing. Lulling melodies, lo-fi-ish production and frontal micd vocals a great album not make. I really miss the Good Morning Spider days.
  13. Rosie
    Nov 25, 2006
    8
    Yes, yes, it's good, of course. But where's the innovation, where's the development from their previous work? As others have said, Dreamt is more akin to Vivadixie than either of the intermediary releases - there's a frustrating sense of regression about this. Some beautifully crafted songs (and that's rare enough anywhere), but it's just more of the same. A Yes, yes, it's good, of course. But where's the innovation, where's the development from their previous work? As others have said, Dreamt is more akin to Vivadixie than either of the intermediary releases - there's a frustrating sense of regression about this. Some beautifully crafted songs (and that's rare enough anywhere), but it's just more of the same. A shame after so long an incubatory period. Expand
  14. JC
    Nov 18, 2006
    10
    I think its there best album yet...
  15. KellyW
    Dec 21, 2006
    9
    Great album, but we've had Shade and Honey, Morning Hollow, Ghost in the Sky and Maxime (aka Dreamt for light years....) for years now. WTF?!
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Mojo
    80
    Most of these 12 songs... fall within the wistful to enchanting range. [Oct 2006, p.96]
  2. Paste Magazine
    40
    Ornate but unremarkable headphone listening. [Oct 2006, p.80]
  3. There are no earth-shattering changes to Linkous' studio-warped rock 'n' roll pastoralism. As there was nothing broken on previous Sparklehorse outings, there is little in need of fixing.