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Fever Dreams


Fever Dreams

Fifth album from the Mercury Prize-nominated Irish indie folk band led by singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    Escapist pop that could rank as their most endearing album yet
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  2. 8.0 |   DIY

    A thrilling and unpredictable addition to Villagers’ gleaming canon
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A wonderful, lucid dream of a record
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There’s loads going on in Conor O’Brien’s fifth album, recorded with a full band and guest vocalists
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s well-executed and well-timed, ambitious and meticulously polished yet more effortless, organic and free-flowing than ever
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  6. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    Written over the course of two years and mixed by David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, FKA Twigs), Villagers has created a quirky non-pop and non-mainstream dreamlike soundscape that can be instantly appreciated in the same way Bacharach and easy listening songs are
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  7. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    This is an album that demands to be properly listened to though, not reduced to background music – properly immerse yourself in Villagers’ Fever Dreams and it’s an experience you won’t want to wake up from
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  8. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Irish band’s fifth album distils a dizzying mix of influences into an intoxicating whole
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  9. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    The title says it all, giving an impression of wistful repose and a genuinely soothing serenity that’s become Villagers’ signature style. These Fever Dreams are well worth holding on to
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  10. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A bold and ambitious statement
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Using interview soundbites, brass breakdowns and electronic odysseys to elongate and connect songs, Fever Dreams could not sound further from O’Brien’s 2010 debut. But by weirding up his trademark magic, he somehow sounds closer to himself than ever
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  12. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Soulful and gospel roads rise to meet Conor O'Brien on Villagers' dense fifth studio album
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    Otherworldly strings, music box melodies and ambient atmospherics coalesce to bring Conor O’Brien's hallucinatory alternative reality to life
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  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    At its best here, this produces minor masterpieces like the shimmering romance of "The First Day" or "Circles In The Firing Line," a lithe and bristling combination of John Grant and John Misty. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The free-est, fun-est, most psychedelic Villagers record so far. Print edition only

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