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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Icelandic band was co-produced with Rich Costey.
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  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: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  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. Jul 26, 2019
    8
    New taste from the band didn't lowering my hype from them, but too much electronic effect make them different
  5. Aug 13, 2019
    6
    I like the fact they’ve tried to change up their sound on this album. I think if they’d produced another album in the mould of the first 2I like the fact they’ve tried to change up their sound on this album. I think if they’d produced another album in the mould of the first 2 they’d have sunk into a bit of a rut.

    The 2 singles are excellent tracks and by far the best songs on the album. Sadly for me I don’t think the synth pop sound of a lot of the other tracks really suits the songs. Stuck In Gravity, Waiting for The Snow and Under a Dome are for me just missing something, that killer hook that OMAM do so well. They are a bit too bland for my ears.

    I’d rate the album a 6.5. I’m looking forward to seeing their tour and hope the trumpet player is still on board.
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  6. Jul 29, 2019
    4
    For a person born in another part of the world OMAM's music is otherworldly and yet so relatable in their lyrics of stories and legends onFor a person born in another part of the world OMAM's music is otherworldly and yet so relatable in their lyrics of stories and legends on mythical figures.Something I can really relate to being African is firstly, Nanna and Ragnar sing in a very familiar call and answer fashion, secondly their music reminds me of tales told by our elders under the moonlight filled with magic and imagination,.I think largely this has been their appeal and selling point worldwide.This album is 'listenable' but in my opinion too overproduced with the electro-sounds, no song on Fever dream is catchy or picks my imagination like 'Little Talks' or 'Lakehouse' that induces memories of a temperate woodland forest I have never been to, or their appealing 'Crystals' or the sublime and ever haunting 'Black Water'.I expect much more from OMAM and will be generous to say hopefully they bring out a redemptive album, but in all sincerity this is their worst album so far. Expand
  7. Aug 5, 2019
    2
    I found this CD to be a major disappointment after hearing their first album (didn't enjoy the second album much either). It's way too poppyI found this CD to be a major disappointment after hearing their first album (didn't enjoy the second album much either). It's way too poppy and generic or me. :( Expand

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