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Dreamers Are Waiting

Crowded House

Dreamers Are Waiting

Seventh studio album and first since 2010 from Melbourne rock band led by Neil Finn and featuring his sons Liam and Elroy

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  1. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    Dreamers Are Waiting will be welcomed with open arms by Crowded House fans but is also a winning release for anyone interested in music that is something more than the latest studio fad
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  2. 8.0 |   The Music

    A clear heralding of a new type of Crowded House
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  3. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Long-time Crowdies may miss multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart, but credit to the youngsters for adding a touch of (Red Hot Chili) pepper to the McCartney-style Sweet Tooth
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  4. 8.0 |   Crack

    Pop music remains safe in their hands
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The band’s first album since 2010 is full of beautiful details and deceptive tonal shifts – a slow burn but worth the effort
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Possibly the most Crowded House-sounding album crowded House have made since their debut. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Album opener “Bad Times Good” is an earworm which plays metrical tricks
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  8. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    They may never be the coolest name to drop, but that hardly matters after a career spanning over 30 years. Dreamers Are Waiting is a very welcome return for a band who have been away for far too long
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  9. 7.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Neil Finn deserves all our accolades for sheer reliability, if nothing else: pop legends are supposed to burn bright and flicker into black, but he remains a bastion of simplicity and comforting warmth, which is really all the acclaim Dreamers Are Waiting needs to be accorded
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  10. 7.0 |   Clash

    Perhaps too slick for some, the Crowded House catalogue has never been afraid to be open. Maybe that’s a fault, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with a slice of innocence and songwriting purity in a landscape so smothered with irony
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  11. 7.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Dreamers Are Waiting is a remarkable album and an incredible return-to-form for Crowded House. Who knows? Maybe the new generation will discover this album and they will gan a bunch of new fans. One can only hope
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  12. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    Nothing is over four minutes, yet, like the outfit’s other albums, it takes a few spins for Finn and Froom’s charming, occasionally prickly song craft and production to kick in
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  13. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    If some listeners don’t feel quite the immediacy that connected them with some of Crowded House’s early material, Dreamers Are Waiting is an album that rewards with multiple plays as a whole. It may also move those same listeners that Crowded House is producing such fine work more than 30 years since their debut
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  14. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    This album may be warmly familiar in parts, but it also has an infectious energy
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  15. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Striking a balance is always difficult, but, as as reliable as Deamers Are Waiting is, it’s more likely to sate established fans than convert a new generation
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  16. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Often feels more afterthought than addition. On form, however, few write or sing human frailty with Neil Finn’s poise. Print edition only

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