Recurring Dream Image
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  • Summary: This is the second release for the Chicago psychedelic rock band.
  • Record Label: Kranky
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 11, 2013
    80
    Like its namesake phenomenon, Recurring Dream's songs are a fascinating mix of elusiveness and inevitability that only grows richer with repeated listening.
  2. Apr 23, 2013
    70
    The absence of transportation and deliverance is ultimately what enables Recurring Dream to realize its pessimistic vision of the confused mechanisms we use to delude ourselves into thinking all is well, and despite its conceptually-necessitated limitations, the album is not short of moments of resonance and emotional impact.
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    68
    Recurring Dream's a slinkier-sounding record than its predecessor: the songs are more spacious, less prone to snarling, and they've lowered the volume on Black Earth's stuck-between-stations fizz.
  4. 60
    While the album hits great heights, its scattered influences and sounds would suggest it’s reasonable to wonder which track will get the “2″ added to it on the next disc.
  5. Apr 11, 2013
    50
    At 46 minutes, Recurring Dream isn’t an especially long album. But on the wrong day, at the wrong time and in the wrong frame of mind, it can feel like the longest 46 minutes in the history of all time.
  6. Jun 11, 2013
    40
    Recurring Dream is the band’s attempt to carry their sound forward by small steps. But these small steps are a slog, and Recurring Dream trips on its own repetition.