Fantasy - Lightning Dust
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 12, 2013
    80
    If the songs on the first half of Fantasy trigger the chemicals in your brain, the captivating tracks that comprise the second half implore you to submit to them completely.
  2. Jul 2, 2013
    80
    Both the pleasure and frustration of Lightning Dust’s first two albums derived from how scattershot the songs were. Brooding and despondent one moment, they would suddenly spike in tempo and mood the next. Maybe that’s why Fantasy, the third release from the Vancouver indie-rock duo of Amber Webber and Josh Wells, is so satisfying as a whole
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    80
    Lightning Dust finally sound like what the scientific matter of something called “lightning dust” should sound like: a lull after a thunder clap, a sharp beam of light, something that sprinkles down after the heated rush, something organically beautiful. And in its beauty, it hurts.
  4. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    The best songs on Fantasy are easily the best in Lightning Dust's catalog because of this winning combination of pushed boundaries and inspired writing.
  5. 80
    Lightning Dust’s giving close attention to details of composition, resisting the temptation to stretch material or ideas too thinly, has brought about an album of ambition and maturity, of subtle shades of darkness and light, of promise fulfilled.
  6. 70
    It’s a fresh sound, if a smidge antiseptic.
  7. Jun 26, 2013
    70
    Fantasy is Lightning Dust's most consistent and cohesive effort to date, and is dreamy enough to live up to its otherworldly title.
  8. Jun 24, 2013
    70
    At times Lightning Dust produce some sublime moments on Fantasy but there are too few of these to warrant repetitive plays of the album as a whole.
  9. Aug 13, 2013
    60
    A sound that lies somewhere in between early Beach House and breezy, ambient techno. [Sep 2013, p.96]
  10. Jul 18, 2013
    60
    Wells delivers interesting textures and arrangements but also keeps things so spare that climaxes rarely happen
  11. Jul 10, 2013
    60
    In common with a lot of records called Fantasy, this is ultimately a pretty pedestrian affair. [Aug 2013, p.72]
  12. Jul 25, 2013
    55
    While it's hard to fault a band for branching out beyond their established template, the tidy electronic textures of Fantasy don't begin to match the mysterious depths of Lightning Dust's best work.
  13. Jun 24, 2013
    50
    Experimenting with a change of direction for your third record is understandable, but drifting so far away from the qualities that made your sound so individual? That's a little harder to forgive. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.88]

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