The Dream - The Orb
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  • Summary: The latest album from the electronic group features guests Steve Hillage, Eric Walker, Aki Omori, Andy Caine, and Juliet Roberts.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 90
    For now, via tracks like 'High Noon' and 'Mother Nature,' they continue to ride high in the saddle on much the same sine waves they engineered in the previous millennium. [Summer 2008, p.100]
  2. The Dream isn't just produced well but also programmed well, only slowing down after 73 minutes to a gradual halt on the dreamy underwater backbeats of 'Codes' and the beatless closer 'Orbisonia.'
  3. 70
    This timeless band may have taken some nods from M.I.A., Bloc Party, Hot Chip and even Bonde Do Role to keep up with 2008--or not--but they continue to soar high on some genius sonic whimsy, making The Dream a truly commendable offering.
  4. No new ground broken. No glo-stick/daft haircut stabs at credibility. Some old haunts revisited. Shameless? Perhaps. Anyone else doing a similar musical pot pourri to such goofed-out, quality chill? No. as the good Dr described it, this is simply a follow-on from their biggest album UFOrb, which was a timeless classic.
  5. Orb nostalgists will find much to savour. [Mar 2008, p.108]
  6. 50
    Thanks in part to an overly generous 73-minute running time, the reteaming rarely feels vital. [July 2008, p.100]
  7. Ultimately, this particular dream is less one of flight or past glories, and more one of going to work and finding you've forgotten your trousers.

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