Lonesome Dreams - Lord Huron
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    100
    Sounding classic on arrival, Lonesome Dreams is certainly the best album of its kind since Damien Jurado’s Maraqopa.
  2. Jan 14, 2013
    80
    The production of his debut is appropriately epic, its echoing acoustic guitars and yearning, Fleet Foxy vocals mixed with cowboy cattle calls and Pawnee chants.
  3. Jan 10, 2013
    80
    Ultimately, God is less in the details, here, and Lonesome Dreams' success lies largely in the irrefutably vaulting sweep of the music and the ineffable air of melancholy-dented redemption which it so effectively conjures.
  4. Jan 3, 2013
    80
    Its cavernous production, Massed campfire guitars and rolling melodies conjure prairies, river and mountains from shore to shining shore. [Feb 2013, p.75]
  5. Nov 30, 2012
    75
    A considerable amount of Lonesome Dreams' charm, however, emanates from the record's bric-a-brac percussion, and it's what gives each track its unique complexion. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.123]
  6. Oct 9, 2012
    74
    Impeccably crafted, Lonesome Dreams sets out into the sun, toward shores far and away.
  7. 70
    If the music grew much gauzier, it would cloy. But for most of the album, Lord Huron stays poised precisely at the edge of weightlessness.
  8. Oct 9, 2012
    70
    It's ambitious, beguiling stuff.
  9. Oct 25, 2012
    67
    Ben Schneider opens himself up to collaboration, even recording with a band, but his songwriting still merits a singular interface with the listener.
  10. Oct 10, 2012
    65
    His conspicuous over-reliance on the same, tired lyrical themes does the record in, highlighting just how short on variety the LP is. [No. 92, p.55]
  11. Feb 6, 2013
    60
    It sounds like the soundtrack to an odd dream about a Western film. [Mar 2013, p.96]
  12. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    Lonesome Dreams emerges, a bit shadowy to be sure, as a record about returning home from the elemental, stylistic and genre wilds. It is a meditation as much about oikos as odyssey.
  13. 60
    Even with the cultural grandiosity described here, in many ways, Lord Huron's music is pretty standard Americana fair: catchy twang through a hazy lens.
  14. Oct 9, 2012
    60
    While it's a pleasant enough listen, the entire album falls short of the potential opulence hinted at by its best tracks.
  15. Oct 9, 2012
    56
    Lonesome Dreams' instant knock of familiarity will prove comforting for some, but it gives these tracks something of a plug-and-play feel. Many songs are dramatically assembled, and all of them move, but when they move in pretty much the same ways as another, spryer band, it's that much harder to get caught up in their attendant drama.
  16. Jan 22, 2013
    50
    A patchy debut effort.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 5, 2013
    10
    Stumbled upon these guys, listened to 15 seconds of the first song and subsequently bought the entire album. Wasn't disappointed, this album is transportive. Full Review »
  2. Jan 5, 2013
    9
    I think Lord Huron took a page from Yeasayer and Fleet Foxes and came up with a beautiful album. Not a bad song on the whole thing. In fact this quickly became my favorite album. It has a nice mixture of strong vocals and touch of psychedelic sounds mixed with beautiful melodies and beautiful lyrics. Full Review »