• Record Label: DFA
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Sep 12, 2014
    90
    In A Dream is brand new, but has the feel of a timeless dance record, the kind of record that is pulled from the crate on the most special (and danceable) of occasions.
  2. Sep 16, 2014
    83
    In A Dream is undoubtedly the most confident and comfortable The Juan MacLean has sounded.
  3. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    With In A Dream, Maclean and Whang have crafted some of most expertly tuneful music of their career.
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    If you want a nocturnal classic packed to the brim with contemporary disco genius, this is the record you need to buy.
  5. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    It’s an album that will make your heart swell with joy in a club or will make your lip quiver with emotion on headphones in your bedroom. There are few dance producers who possess the skills to harness both these feelings and John Maclean has managed this masterfully here.
  6. Sep 15, 2014
    80
    It puts together all the elements they've worked with in the past and added a few more, and the result is an emotionally powerful work that sounds great and is easy to dance, dream, or get bummed along to.
  7. Mojo
    Sep 12, 2014
    80
    Things work best when the musical surroundings match their respective vocal style and they create something resembling the cinematic edge of Johnny Jewel's Chromatics. [Oct 2014, p.93]
  8. Sep 11, 2014
    80
    Sparkling arpeggios and sublime atmospherics undercut the loneliness and desperation in MacLean and Whang’s singing (the latter’s is the stronger of the two’s), giving tension to the confident and frequently beautiful production.
  9. Sep 4, 2014
    80
    This is music that takes your head to other times and places, that will make you feel like you're living inside a video game, or in the stratosphere. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.76]
  10. Alternative Press
    Sep 4, 2014
    80
    The music the two make has taken a huge creative leap forward. [Oct 2014, p.100]
  11. Q Magazine
    Sep 4, 2014
    80
    It's clear that MacLean and Whang have never sounded better. [Oct 2014, p.112]
  12. 75
    It’s thirty five years of dance music history wrapped up in a glorious fifty minutes and with Whang at the helm, it’s encased with an icy sheen, impossible to resist.
  13. 75
    And while that album [Less Than Human] started the ethereal journey, In a Dream powers those elements into something superhuman.
  14. Sep 4, 2014
    74
    In A Dream is Maclean and Whang's most fruitful, balanced partnership, and if it fails to truly make a star out of either of them, it cements them as the kind of ever-evolving collaboration DFA was built on.
  15. Oct 13, 2014
    70
    In A Dream is certainly not going to alienate those who adored The Future Will Come, yet it should be said there are notable points of evolution--most importantly Whang's prominence and the diversity of Maclean's songwriting. But it is difficult to place this above The Future Will Come, as despite the brilliance that Whang radiates throughout, there are up to three songs that sap momentum with their lack of vim.
  16. Magnet
    Sep 18, 2014
    70
    The longer cuts here have some great ones. It's just the kind the Juan MacLean crafts seem to work best with plenty of room to wriggle and stretch. [No. 113, p.57]
  17. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    In A Dream ain’t no slouch, but is better piece-by-piece than a continuous flow.
  18. Sep 16, 2014
    70
    MacLean and his collaborators have mastered some but not all of the familiar DFA bag of tricks.
  19. Uncut
    Sep 25, 2014
    60
    It's hard to really connect with most of In A Dream; not only does it play through as tirelessly, tiringly arch, many of the songs just don't quite cut it. [Nov 2014, p.76]
  20. Sep 17, 2014
    60
    The album improves halfway through, settling into a spacier late-night feel: retro electronic drums sprinkled over better tunes, with chunky bass and the twin male and female vocals more relaxed.
  21. Sep 18, 2014
    50
    Essentially what the Juan MacLean have here is a straightforward pop album, but as with the worst pop albums, the amount of filler overwhelms the killer.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
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    6
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