Before We Forgot How to Dream Image
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  • Summary: The full-length release for Northern Ireland singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson was produced by Tommy McLauglin.
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Reckless Behaviour
Reckless Behaviour I know no better they smoke to the roach like they've not seen colour tea for your toast and cereal for me dress like you're... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
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  1. Jun 1, 2015
    80
    This 14-track, 42-minute long disc offers a deep and mysterious environment that may be more briny than brainy, and it’s the emotional truth in the music that keeps one afloat.
  2. 80
    There’s no diffidence in the songs themselves. Soak exposes longings, fears, traumas and resolve--sometimes elliptically, sometimes with disarming bluntness.
  3. Jun 11, 2015
    80
    Monds-Watson is startlingly accomplished for her age, showing a deft hand at songcraft.
  4. 75
    Before We Forgot How To Dream is subtly uplifting, astute and speaks in the diction of a youth that may be tired of being talked at, rather than to.
  5. May 29, 2015
    70
    Mostly, Before We Forgot How To Dream reads a little like a portrait of Bridie's hero Joni Mitchell as a young artist: irreverent, observational and soulful.
  6. Jun 1, 2015
    63
    There seem to be so many questions stirring inside SOAK, and yet Before We Forgot How to Dream douses them in so much prettiness that they lose their spark.
  7. May 28, 2015
    60
    It’s not quite dazzling, but a fine showing for a young artist.

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  1. Mar 9, 2016
    8
    Who would have thought that, as a man in my mid-30’s, who has spent decades listening to the likes of Elliott Smith and Damien Rice, I wouldWho would have thought that, as a man in my mid-30’s, who has spent decades listening to the likes of Elliott Smith and Damien Rice, I would be almost brought to tears by the music of a 19 year-old? Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2019
    7
    The most impressive/unbelievable thing about this album is the age of the artist when it was written and released. The songwriting is so goodThe most impressive/unbelievable thing about this album is the age of the artist when it was written and released. The songwriting is so good for one so young and natural. There is nothing manufactured here. The album stands out for being different to the singer songwriter standard style. It does one of the hardest things in singer songwriter music in that is sounds pretty unique. There is still plenty of room for improvement but starting her career so early and so strongly, I'm sure there will be ample opportunity to do this. Expand