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Whomadewho

Dreams

(Darup; US: 18 Mar 2014; UK: 3 Mar 2014)

With its gently soulful guitar riff, pulsing Eurodisco rhythm, and catchy, emotive chorus, “The Morning” sounds like one of the best songs of the young year. It’s the most immediate track on Dreams, but far from the end of the story. Whomadewho haven’t overhauled their sophisticated sound. They have, however, refined it to a hugely satisfying degree.


Tomas Høffding’s and Jeppe Kjellberg’s warm voices are just on the right side of the theatrical, delivering melancholy yet winning meditations on the passing of time and life’s struggles and consolations. “New Beginning” is pensive and jazzy, “Hiding in Darkness” and “Heads Above” are artfully danceable synth-pop, while closer “United” is dreamy and stunningly pretty. Excellent in terms of both style and substance, Dreams is a richly rewarding combination of art and pop.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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