• Record Label: Fire
  • Release Date: Nov 12, 2013
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    While I'm A Dreamer looks back the best part of a century, sepia cover photo and all, it never simply lapses into pastiche. [Nov 2013, p.54]
  2. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    Her most orthodox album, perhaps, and by some distance her best. [Dec 2013, p.68]
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    80
    I'm a Dreamer strikes an impressive balance between light and dark.
  4. Bar that electric guitar, this is the kind of music that you wouldn’t be surprised to hear on an old piece of 78rpm vinyl rescued from a car-boot sale (which is, of course, meant as a compliment).
  5. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    This is perhaps her most fun album, with a sense of humor even within tragic material. At the same time, it’s one of her prettiest, and not lacking for strange pleasures even within a seemingly more conventional setting.
  6. 80
    Perhaps the only thing missing to complete the utterly charming and enveloping experience of I’m A Dreamer is being able to play it on a crackly gramophone with a shot of prohibition-era moonshine to sup on.
  7. 80
    I’m A Dreamer is another stellar effort.
  8. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    The results are frequently exquisite.
  9. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    Given how mercurial she's been, this stylistic return may be temporary, but it's so fully realized, it's also a most welcome one.
  10. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    I’m A Dreamer is never going to set the world alight with innovative new sounds, but these songs are perfect little gems that possess a timeless quality.
  11. Nov 14, 2013
    60
    Despite the variety, this is a decidedly marginal set of songs, one that’s well out of sync with even the most archival Americana.

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