Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Where Belle and Sebastian alienate their listeners with emotional detachment and indie superiority, Memphis's songs leave the posing and the cuteness at the door; they are accessible and honest.
  2. The basic ingredients are delicate, minimal, well-conceived songs that utilize instruments ranging from guitars and analog keyboards to melodicas and chop sticks.
  3. While most would classify this record under "folktronica," Memphis don't attempt to strip down the clicks and plucks. Instead, they go for the big pop sound of Burt Bacharach and George Martin to make something almost as ambitious as hiring a real horn section.
  4. Occasionally, Memphis' songs coast on an attractive soundscape rather than going for a compositional or lyrical knockout punch. Nevertheless, I Dreamed we Fell Apart is often quite beguiling.
  5. With such a subdued and steady tone, I Dreamed We Fell Apart sometimes suffers from an overdose of languidness.
  6. Their care in assembling their lush, provocative sonic palate means that the chemically altered or simply slow-witted should find Dreamed as warm and comforting as a fuzzy pillow.
  7. Paste Magazine
    60
    Campbell's particular sense of catchy pop melody is a nightlight in the darkness. [#14, p.111]
  8. Unfortunately, I Dreamed We Fell Apart straddles the unhappy line between experimental music and very un-experimental lap-pop.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. charlieb
    Oct 24, 2004
    9
    sublime and beautiful. it takes an ear for the subtle to find the all the layers in this very unique little record. but patience will reward sublime and beautiful. it takes an ear for the subtle to find the all the layers in this very unique little record. but patience will reward you!! eat it and eat it now. Full Review »
  2. EllenW
    Oct 19, 2004
    8
    I love it! And STARS new album SET YOURSELF ON FIRE is a work of genius. Brilliant beauty.