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Only In Dreams

Dum Dum Girls

Only In Dreams

Second album of indie pop from the LA quartet fronted by Kristen "Dee Dee" Gundred

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Sub Pop
UK Release date
26/09/2011
US Release date
27/09/2011
  1. 8.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Simplicity rarely sounds this good
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  2. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    The current definitive benchmark for this brand of velvet rock
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  3. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    Dum Dum Girls have raised the bar
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It showcases a remarkably assured collection of songs as well as a real depth and maturity to songwriting that dwarfs the offerings of its home-recorded predecessor
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  5. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Feels fleshed out, crisp and contemporary, with Dee Dee’s songwriting flourishing as a result of access to high-end recording equipment and slick production
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  6. 8.0 |   The AU Review

    There’s an astounding amount of raw emotion in play, and Dee Dee expresses it with a directness and urgency that speaks volumes about how much her mother meant to her
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  7. 8.0 |   Blurt

    There are two faces to Only in Dreams: one is a collection of Shangri-Las-tinged pop, while the other is a record thick in emotion
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Poignant yet polished. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Merging the harmonies of The Ronettes with the dreamy sadness of Mazzy Star
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  10. 8.0 |   Spin

    Gundred's richer-than-you-expect voice is the key to these jagged little pillows
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Every guitar riff, snappy rhythm and surging chorus here is polished to a gleam
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  12. 8.0 |   DIY

    Dum Dum Girls are, as of this album, an excellent band, rather than a prospectively excellent one
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  13. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Only in Dreams isn't a perfect record, but a little while down the line it might end up looking like the beginning of something
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  14. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    It’s a softer side to the Dum Dum Girls, but no less catchy or insistent
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  15. 7.5 |   Prefix

    An honest and fiery rock band who are quickly separating themselves from their peers
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  16. 7.0 |   NME

    The albums finest moments come when she [Dee Dee] takes a Misery-sized sledgehammer to the youthful irreverence of yore and reduces it to rubble
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  17. 7.0 |   AU Review

    As an album, it sounds more like a concerted effort to improve than any sort of definitive statement, but it’s no less enjoyable, all the same
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  18. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    All hi-fi, sonically and emotionally, piling on Phil Spector echo and Go-Go's gloss
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  19. 6.0 |   State

    By all accounts it’s new territory for the Dum Dums, but a welcome addition to an album really lacking in variety
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  20. 6.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    A maturely written and well-constructed guitar pop record
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  21. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Despite their musical references to the past, Dum Dum Girls deal in visceral songwriting, and that's absolutely undeniable
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  22. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A clean, jangly sound co-produced by Sune Rose Wagner of noirish Danes The Raveonettes. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Confirms this bunch of self-anointed femme fatales as an impressive songwriting outfit
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  24. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    There is only a little deviation from the back-to-basics garage indie of their first LP
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  25. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    There’s still those infectious guitars at work, best heard when the quartet stretch their legs over the three-minute average
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  26. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Maybe it’s time to call a moratorium on cribbing beats from nearly-half-century-old Ronettes singles
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  27. 4.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    There are some songs to love, but you can only take so many variations of the same theme
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