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Only In Dreams

Only In Dreams

September 26, 2011
4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Despite the rave reviews, I wasn't fully sold on the Dum Dum Girls' first album. But upon hearing the Mazzy Star-esque "Coming Down," it was obvious, they'd grown considerably as a band and this album was going to be something special.

Between the slicker production values and more complex songwriting, "Only In Dreams" is a quantum leap forward. Kristen Gundred's voice draws equally from the snarl of Chrissie Hynde and the seduction of Victoria Legrand (Beach House). Like the Raveonnettes, they're influenced by the echoey distorted surf guitar of the Jesus and Mary Chain, but refined into a shimmering, shoegazey dream, with all the catchiness of those classic Phil Spector girl-bands. If you doubt it, give a listen to "Bedroom Eyes," "In My Head" and "Teardrops on my Pillow."
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Plain straight... after my first listen to the "He Gets Me High" EP release earlier this year, I immediately longed for a full-length album and dreaded any waiting period to fulfill this new addiction. I can't believe it! Two amazing recordings in one year, or an illusionist's slight of hand.

Totally impressed and blown away by the display of natural talent and simplistic genius (stripped down guitars bass drums), the Dum Dum Girls music is reminiscent of 60's pop garage rock and a definite choice for music lovers.

The comparisons to Crissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Johnette Napalitano (Concrete Blonde), Hope Sandavol (Mazzy Star) or any array of "decade rare" female songwriters/vocalists are absolutely validated. First Class style all the way! Even a wild combination of The Jesus and Mary Chain meets The Supremes rings a close bell (with a pinch of the Beach Boys and the Ramones mixed in for flavor). Thee Headcoatee's anyone?

Top notch melodies and lyrics will sweep you away in a rhythmic dream of blissful reverb and heartbeats like a drum. Just buy the cd/lp album, download it, whatever... just support artists/musicians everyway possible, especially when they are this exceptional. Worth a million dollars and more.

Last year it was Arcade Fire "The Suburbs" and, this year, without a doubt, it's a thousand mile lead with "Only In Dreams" + "He Gets Me High" by the Dum Dum Girls.

Phenomenal Paprika!
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This is a pretty good CD. This has more an early 1960s girl band vibe with a lot of dreamy added. Bedroom eyes and Coming Down are the stand out for me, with the other songs taking a few more listens to grow on you. I do prefer "Too True" more as a CD, but if you liked that this is a must in a way.
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By fantail on January 23, 2013
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If you love great women vocalists, post punk girl pop and surf guitar, get this disc now! It's one great track after another. Impossible to pick a favorite. DumDum Girls makes me harken back to the greats, from Ronnie Spector to The Pretenders and The GoGo's. These women know how to play and write. It's the whole package in a neat wrapper. Just the right amount of production, superb musicianship and great lyricism. I can hardly wait to see them live! I'll bet they're even better, in a medium sized live venue. This type of band always is. DumDum Girls have done their homework and found their chops! Wish I wasn't too old to be a groupie.
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Better sounding than the previous releases in terms of sound quality (which has kept me from purchasing earlier works). I have the vinyl and mp3s that came with it but mainly have only listened to the vinyl (repeatedly) to date. If you try the samples you should be able to hear the same in terms of recording quality but either way this is a great new band with good solid material. I do like End Of Daze better at this point but listen to this one regularly as well.
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This is my favorite of the Dum Dum Girls releases so far. Although, many of the songs have a bit of a melancholy tone to them (understandably), they are still quite beautiful and have that amazing garage rock sound. The sound of the album however, is "cleaner" than the previous one, but that doesn't bother me at all.
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Loved their last album and this one is even better. DD is writing great songs and their style is emerging and what a treat for everyone this band exists!

The vocals here have almost a country punk tinge to them on some of the retro rocking songs and this makes them even more awesome.

Coming down is simply a classic, with a great stretch in one part into vocal greatness, and yes, it would be nice to see a little more dream pop in their repertoire, but frankly, it's a treat whatever direction this band takes you in.

The Dum Dum girls is a great new rock band, plain and simple.

6 stars.
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Dum Dum Girls' Only In Dreams is the best collection of music I've heard in a long time. Every cut is a facet of the whole. The style is easy to grasp and raw, just as rock should be. And each song is a unique telling of the tale; love, sex and death... William Blake with the symbolism and allegory stripped away. On the surface there's the common tonal palette and arrangement, but beneath that, each song is an amalgam influences. They evoke the memory of artists past and present, but are never derivative. There is instead a synergy of the lyrical and musical content that stimulates multiple cortexes, allowing aural time-travel. Check this one out; it's good for your soul.
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