Hot Dreams - Timber Timbre
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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Canadian folk band led by Taylor Kirk and was produced by Simon Trottier.
  • Record Label: Arts & Crafts
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 27, 2014
    100
    Saxophones are smokin' and guitars twang, making Hot Dreams sound like the soundtrack to a western directed by David Lynch.
  2. 85
    Timber Timbre, in crafting Hot Dreams, have cultivated an immensely strong record and an alternate sonic dimension you can spend a lifetime exploring.
  3. Mar 27, 2014
    80
    On Hot Dreams he’s wisely pulled back from that horror film soundtrack vibe to let the songs breathe.
  4. 80
    Though there are less standout moments than on previous records, it is a wonderfully cohesive whole that renders brooding menace into graceful songcraft.
  5. May 9, 2014
    80
    Hollywood may be fleeting, but Hot Dreams is a filmic record that moves from strength to strength to strength in the most entertaining of ways. This is undoubtedly a true gem.
  6. Mar 27, 2014
    70
    Overall, Hot Dreams doesn’t quite match up to the trio’s last record--it lacks a comparable number of top notch songs--but it still has some great moments.
  7. 58
    New album Hot Dreams still struggles to find a unique vantage point on its assembly of vintage sounds and gothic vibes, but fans will be more than satisfied.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 30, 2014
    10
    sexful nostalgiaa everywheerree. melaik. sexvoice sexsaxophone sexinstruments sexprettymucheverything. even sexyful title with sexiyful videoo with nsfw. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2014
    10
    For as simple and as derivative as this album may seem, there's so much going on here, so much to digest, it's worth so many listens. It's easily their creepiest, most cohesive and complex work yet. Expand
  3. Jul 30, 2014
    10
    It may not make an incredible political or social statement, and it may not be a life changing listen, but god damn if it isn't the most wonderfully nostalgic thing I've heard in the past decade. Expand
  4. Apr 2, 2014
    9
    There's a sonic variation here that separates this project from their previous ones, which, for all their merits, seemed a bit over-saturated with a particular formula, style and texture. This is the Timber Timbre I've been waiting for - rich arrangements, interesting variation, and consistent quality from front to back. I love this album.

    Also: wow, the Guardian, Exclaim, Line of Best Fit and NOW kind of nailed it.
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  5. Apr 10, 2014
    9
    There is a wide range of moods in display here, and not a lot of bands can manage that these days. The music itself is excellent, with the exception of one or two tracks (at most). The vocals are just as good, thanks to Taylor Kirk's deeply mesmerizing voice. Expand
  6. Apr 23, 2014
    8
    Easily Timber Timbre's best work to date. The only problem i have with this album is i want more of it after i listen to it. Easily the best tracks and instrumentation this group has ever done. Expand
  7. Aug 3, 2014
    8
    Entertaining and downright creepy at times, Hot Dreams is a hell of a record. The lead vocalist really presents a persona with his performance - a persona you might not want to meet on a dark night. The instrumentation and the lyrics work well together to create a foreboding atmosphere. The songwriting is impressive and holds my attention throughout. My only criticism is I feel this record did not take enough risks. The first track, Beat the Drum Slowly, transcends into a very odd, very spooky, instrumental that I feel is the highlight of the entire album. More of that, please. However, overall I find this album to be of a delightful quality.

    82/100

    Track Picks: Beat the Drum Slowly, Hot Dreams, Run from Me
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