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Noonday Dream

Ben Howard

Noonday Dream

Third album from the Devon-based folk / pop singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Howard has matured into one of Britain’s most talented, intriguing and unpredictable artists
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  2. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A masterclass of songwriting that will likely dictate the future direction of his music
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    A repositioning as well as a new highlight
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Howard’s voice remains soft and delicate throughout, the calm in a fascinating storm
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Noonday Dream can feel ephemeral at times, but never is it unpleasant, even when it's fishing for emotional truth in unstable waters. Introspection rarely feels this inclusive
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Howard's evolving sound is fast becoming distinctively his own. Print edition only

  7. 7.5 |   The 405

    He takes the most effective elements from his first two albums and elevates them
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  8. 7.2 |   Gig Soup

    Howard returns to the spotlight with his most personal album yet - putting his flaws and his own demons on show
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  9. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The result is not a focused or sharp record – but it doesn’t need to be. The allure of Noonday Dream comes in its willingness to swell and expand, before Howard sits up and starts kicking, slowly but precisely, to steer the track in a new direction
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  10. 6.0 |   NME

    At times, it’s truly gorgeous; but at others: it’s bloody hard work
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