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Glass Animals


Third album from the Oxford psychedelic pop quartet led by David Bayley

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    Rose-tinted nostalgia for the perfect summer
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    A brave and ultimately bold move, it’s hugely effective – direct yet sumptuously nuanced, ‘Dreamland’ is a triumph
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    Glass Animals' most cohesive and satisfying album to date, Dreamland is a well-deserved triumph that's as rewarding for fans to hear as it was for the band to make
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It’s been a difficult few months for many recently, though as we slowly emerge from the nightmare, Glass Animals stand ready to throw joyous colour over these darkest of times
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There’s a consistency in the orchestration and chord sequences that gives the album a sense of wholeness
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  6. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    An introspective and personal record
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Songs are filled with autobiographical details about a childhood growing up in Texas, where frontman Dave Bayley felt at odds with the state’s overwhelmingly macho culture
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    The nostalgia would be overwhelming were it not for Bayley's ability to offset it with woozy, elastic beats. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   NME

    The Oxford band have overcome a period of intense adversity to bring you a record of deeply personal tales – all set to shimmering pop tunes
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  10. 8.0 |   The Music

    The album navigates all the ups and downs of growing up and trying to find that dreamworld existence
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  11. 8.0 |   The FT

    Oxford-formed foursome’s smart lyrics and lithe beats address head and body simultaneously
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  12. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s brave and admirable for Dave Bayley and Glass Animals to take the challenging leap into more exposing lyrics
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  13. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album makes room for evocative, sensory lyrics and sonics that verge on the cinematic, but it also spends a lot of time on the mundane
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  14. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Trauma has triggered a more inward-looking exploration of the Oxford quartet’s grandstanding, hallucinogenic sound
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  15. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    A personal, endearing memoir
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  16. 5.7 |   Pitchfork

    The UK psych-pop band stretches out to embrace hip-hop production and personal biography. It comes across like a guy trying to tell you his life story in a packed Coachella tent
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  17. 4.0 |   No Ripcord

    Despite the amount of effort that appears at the surface, from the several websites to the layered and unique production, Dreamland is a project that’s as momentarily annoying as it is infinitely forgettable
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