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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Icelandic band was co-produced with Rich Costey.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 26, 2019
    84
    Of Monsters and Men use Fever Dream to reject the expectation that they’re nothing more than a “made-for-radio” indie folk band, and based on these results I’d tend to agree with them. This could be the group’s strongest offering to date, and it’s a noticeable few steps outside of their comfort zone. Here’s to hoping that they continue to wander astray.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jul 24, 2019
    80
    Fever Dream is a dizzying rush of exuberance and emotion. [Aug 2019, p.115]
  3. Jul 25, 2019
    80
    With Fever Dream, Of Monsters and Men took a chance and rediscovered their creativity, embarking in a colorful and bold direction without sacrificing their heart and soul in the process.
  4. Jul 24, 2019
    63
    Experiments are fun! But they’re only worth their while when the results make sense. Fever Dream doesn’t quite, but it also doesn’t not. More than anything, it’s a head-scratcher, a record that would be more easily evaluated coming from an entirely different artist.
  5. 60
    Fever Dream is perfectly listenable, but missing the magic spark that made them smash successes when they first emerged.
  6. 60
    There is no song on Fever Dream that is likely to eclipse, or even cast a shadow on the success of “Little Talks”, but this is a soothing, affable record nonetheless.
  7. Jul 24, 2019
    40
    The fireside warmth that made songs like “Dirty Paws” and “Human” feel so intimate has dissipated in favor of squeaky-clean production, leaving the album feeling generic and non-specific.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Aug 2, 2019
    10
    I must admit I was kinda disappointed when I heard this album for the first time. It sounded too mainstream to me.

    But I think Fever Dream is
    I must admit I was kinda disappointed when I heard this album for the first time. It sounded too mainstream to me.

    But I think Fever Dream is actually far from being mainstream. It takes a few listens to appreciate the beauty of gems like Róróró or Waiting For The Snow, and that's what I love about this album: it requires time and interest to fully understand and appreciate it. While the more mainstream sounding songs might be disappointing, this record has some of OMAM's most solid tracks to date.
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  2. Jul 26, 2019
    10
    Fortune favours the brave! OMAM totally reinvented themselves in this eccentric, fun, and fresh album.
    Artists evolve and change over time,
    Fortune favours the brave! OMAM totally reinvented themselves in this eccentric, fun, and fresh album.
    Artists evolve and change over time, and it's nice to see they did what they wanted and not what the fanbase wanted. Well done OMAM!
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  3. Jul 26, 2019
    10
    I'm amazed about how pure and unique this album is. They reinvented themselves in a way nobody was expecting and it sounds really good. TheI'm amazed about how pure and unique this album is. They reinvented themselves in a way nobody was expecting and it sounds really good. The references of the others albums it's also a really positive point. OMAM won't be the same, it will be greater. Head still an animal. Expand
  4. Sep 5, 2019
    7
    A more subdued and radio-friendly fare, Fever Dream retains some of the band's original charms and sensibilities. Nevertheless, departing fromA more subdued and radio-friendly fare, Fever Dream retains some of the band's original charms and sensibilities. Nevertheless, departing from their original sound is anything but a disservice. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2019
    6
    The album has been available for over two weeks, but only a few days ago I’ve reached for this record for the first time. In summer, I chooseThe album has been available for over two weeks, but only a few days ago I’ve reached for this record for the first time. In summer, I choose older things that work well in the car or help me relax and forget about civilization. This is the time when you can simply miss this or that premiere. But I have an irresistible impression that I’m not the only one who missed the latest release of Fever Dream. I didn’t notice any wave of admiration on the network and Polish internet with the new record of Icelanders …

    I think there are two reasons. First of all, Of Monsters And Men focused on the American audience. In Billboard USA Fever Dream climbed 9th place, in Canada jumped to 2nd. No wonder, since they started the album promotion from the USA. Following the footsteps of KALEO, they often appear in the US media, becoming somewhat exotic, but still celebrities. They give concerts in North America until the end of September and will return to Europe at the end of October. Their calendar is complemented by a tour of festivals in Australia at the turn of December and January 2020.
    Less energy?

    Secondly – despite the announcement (Alligator song) that OMAM are full of energy, their latest album definitely slows down the pace. I even dare say that they changed the style of their music a bit. Fever Dream is no longer – like its predecessors – a folk-pop album. There are less lively sounds and chanted chorus here, but more reflection, melodies, keyboard instruments and distorted guitars. The sound sometimes resembles Vök achievements (e.g. Soothsayer or Ahay) – musically and vocally. Another time, the band enters the border areas between funk and disco (Wars), to finally sound with guitars, referring to British bands from the 90s. And you know what? I like this mixture very much!

    Although the album is calm and subdued it still sounds like Of Monsters And Men. In addition, it has so many different, strange flavors! And so was the creators’ assumption. Nanna recalls that while working on the album, she didn’t want to duplicate her own, already well-established patterns. So she put down the acoustic guitar, on which she usually composed and began working on the computer. She was looking for something new. The group also decided to start producing the album. Rich Costey supported them (he produced the records of Bloc Party, MUSE and Franz Ferdinand).
    Into pop

    I may be wrong, but I have an impression that the biggest OMAM fans will have to listen to the new album at least a few times to accept it. However, from the beginning I was captivated by this delicate variety of sounds and quite a large dose of melancholy. Take, for example, Under A Dome with Ragnar’s desperate, distorted vocals or the lyrical Waiting For The Snow with a fantastic vocal show by Nanna Bryndís. I don’t even mind the fact that the next songs of the group will probably appear on the charts and in playlists of commercial radio stations. It always makes me smile when I hear Icelanders playing between a sports and economic news. For me it is definitely not their place…

    After another approach to this album, I’m quite inclined to say that Fever Dream Of Monsters And Men will taste best in the fall. I have some doubts about playing new records during summer festivals. Unless the concerts appear only modest fragments, referring to My Head Is An Animal or Beneath the Skin (lilke Alligator or Vulture, Vulture).

    In conclusion – here another Icelandic band is growing up and transforming right before our eyes. Young artists, after the undoubted success of their debut and the second album, which was its continuation, are starting to look for a different path. This opens up new perspectives for the band and allows them to break free from exhausting patterns of self-repetability. However, yet I am not sure whether Fever Dream is the new way or just a step towards it.
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  6. Jul 27, 2019
    4
    Went from original, folky Icelandic pop with magic and charm, to overly bland attempts at top 40. Hugely disappointing.
  7. Jul 20, 2020
    0
    Written very well, mixed well. But after waiting years for this, I was ultimately let down. Way too slow for me and I’m all for tryingWritten very well, mixed well. But after waiting years for this, I was ultimately let down. Way too slow for me and I’m all for trying something different, but this just didn’t even sound like them :-/ Expand

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