I'm Only Dreaming

Album Review of I'm Only Dreaming by Eisley.

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I'm Only Dreaming

Eisley

I'm Only Dreaming by Eisley

Release Date: Feb 17, 2017
Record label: Equal Vision
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop

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I'm Only Dreaming - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

PopMatters - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Ever since the release of their 2005 debut, Room Noises, Texas quintet Eisley has stood out like a radiant jewel on the beach that is modern indie rock/pop. Influenced by an incredibly wide array of artists—including Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Björk, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, the Flaming Lips, Sigur Rós, Joni Mitchell, and Sufjan Stevens—their music manages a marriage of poignant songwriting, charming vocals, and animated yet articulate instrumentation that only a few of their contemporaries have ever equaled. Fortunately, their fifth studio LP, I'm Only Dreaming, raises the bar even further, utilizing both the upfront dynamics and behind-the-scenes emotion of a new formation to yield the most focused, steady, and instantly appealing record of their career.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

On I'm Only Dreaming, Eisley balance big changes with longstanding traditions. In 2015, founding members Chauntelle D'Agostino and Stacy King left to pursue their own projects, while Weston DuPree decided to no longer tour with the band. That left Sherri DuPree-Bemis and her cousin Garron DuPree as Eisley's remaining full-time members; while some musicians might decide to start fresh in a situation like this, the duo uses what could have been a crisis as inspiration to continue.

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