11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for 2011’s “Little Talks,” the Icelandic band steps away from the folksy anthems and aims for a bigger sound (and audience) on its third album, FEVER DREAM. “Wake me up!/I’m fever dreaming,” co-lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir belts out as a spirited call to action on the pulsing opening track “Alligator,” while atmospheric cuts like “Vulture, Vulture” and “Róróró” serve a healthy dose of dreamy synths and drum loops that evoke wide-open landscapes. For fans of the five-piece’s indie-folk beginnings, the lovelorn sing-alongs “Sleepwalker” and “Stuck in Gravity” bridge the eras of their sound, channeling the delicate harmonies and light drum taps from their 2011 debut My Head Is an Animal. “Wild Roses” unpacks their sadness with a pop-oriented groove, layering the tribulations of slow healing from painful circumstances over nimble electronic beats and steady synths.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for 2011’s “Little Talks,” the Icelandic band steps away from the folksy anthems and aims for a bigger sound (and audience) on its third album, FEVER DREAM. “Wake me up!/I’m fever dreaming,” co-lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir belts out as a spirited call to action on the pulsing opening track “Alligator,” while atmospheric cuts like “Vulture, Vulture” and “Róróró” serve a healthy dose of dreamy synths and drum loops that evoke wide-open landscapes. For fans of the five-piece’s indie-folk beginnings, the lovelorn sing-alongs “Sleepwalker” and “Stuck in Gravity” bridge the eras of their sound, channeling the delicate harmonies and light drum taps from their 2011 debut My Head Is an Animal. “Wild Roses” unpacks their sadness with a pop-oriented groove, layering the tribulations of slow healing from painful circumstances over nimble electronic beats and steady synths.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

King Henry 24 ,

AHHHHHHH YES

I must have this

Twstr230575 ,

Keep listening! Grows on you.

As a long time fan I couldn’t wait for a new album and that classic OMAM sound. Alligator gave me hope this was an album full of great new songs with a similar spirit to the first two albums. On first listen, I was highly disappointed. There are no songs that sound anything like my favorites like Mountain Sound, Dirty Paws, or Crystals. But after two days this songs have started to move me and connect with me. I’m realizing I really like all of them. It’s a new OMAM, but it increases the scope of emotions and vibes that the music invoked as I listen. I am now loving that I have such a variety of their music to connect to. I applaud them for their courage and creativity as I initially agreed with most negative reviews I’ve read. I’m not sure an album has ever “grown” on me as quickly and as much as this one. It is now a favorite!! Don’t give up on it and listen to it for what it is, a bold step for an amazing band to reach more people.

IDontWantANicName ,

Slightly disappointed

Same as Mumford has done... now they’ve gone all poppy...why must we lose all touches of the folky, musicality of what made them amazing to begin with that grabbed us?!? 😢 It’s just ok.

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