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  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002G1X2Z6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Back in 2007, Gothenburg's enticing tech-pop alchemists Little Dragon released their eponymous debut. With Machine Dreams they’ve followed that auspicious and surprising concoction of digi-funk, subtle down-tempo rhythms and twitchy electronica with an equally beguiling and neatly layered album.

Amid an intricate tangle of strings, beats and bleeps singer Yukimi Nagano's haunting, elliptical voice again takes centre stage, with good reason.

During Never Never, notable for its synth restraint in a pop landscape of Calvin Harris and Lady GaGa electro bombast, Nagano jerks her words out in intriguing fashion; she sings the way Mike Skinner raps, teasing the sentences out syllable by syllable.

On the minimal, shuffling Thunder Love (which sounds as spookily comforting as finding your way out of a forest at dusk) Nagano reminds listeners of her vocal similarity to Cocteau Twins siren Liz Fraser. Both possess heartbreaking croons, even if their lyrics are often unintelligible. Musically, Prince and fellow Swedish iconoclasts The Knife remain key influences.

Looking Glass, replete with Nagano's stretching of ''you'' into a word five times its length, is Love Action by The Human League with added Sign O' The Times crunch, while opener A New is all glacial synth atmospherics and woodblock, like Vangelis having a contemporary attempt at his seminal Blade Runner soundtrack.

Aside from Håkan Wirenstrand's keyboard dexterity, the percussive skills of Erik Bodin add much to Machine Dreams. The fidgeting beats of My Step, polyrhythmic clatter of Runabout and dancehall syncopation of Come Home are all essential components of the overall sound.

Fans of Little Dragon will be desperate to know if this second record has a moment as ineffably wondrous as Twice, from their self-titled debut. If you’re such a person, you might well find a similarly affecting track in album closer Fortune. There may not be another slice of airy (and Air-y) dream pop quite as terrific produced this year, and it’s a fitting conclusion to this sensually essential album. --Lou Thomas

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. King on 11 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I think that anyone who can write a song about Phantom legs and Blinking Pigs deserves at least a listen! This groundbreaking album builds on the electronic/soul/jazz/ roots of the previous Little Dragon album to further develop their unique sound. Singer Yukimi Nagano's soulful voice is completely distinctive and of a rare quality. This album offers a diverse range of tracks, ranging from the eerie and ambient synth based first single, Blinking Pigs, to the more commercially aimed Run About, right through to the chilled out Come Home and Fortune. What I love about Little Dragon is their fresh sound, their music is a new genre in itself. You should definitely buy this album, and also the previous Little Dragon album, which includes underground classics such as Twice, Test and Scribbled Paper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Dekeyser on 19 Jun. 2010
Format: Vinyl
Little Dragon is a band from Sweden composed of two guys and a girl who create a very aerial music. It's blend of electro and thick bass are really danceable though they can do real chill out tracks. The singer(Yukimi Nagano)has pretty basic singing voice but it fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the band. She can be joyful as she can be (I quote "Feathers") a whisper in heaven. All around great album some tracks are a bit weak compared to "Feathers", "Thunder Love" and "Run About". You feel the strong influence of the 80's in what the 80's had best to offer and they still keep it pretty actual and non cliché.
I recommend strongly the purchase of this album.
Btw, she features on two tracks of the new Gorillaz.
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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jp Thompson on 8 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I listened to little dragons last album 200 times and saw them live. When I got machine dreams, I didn't really take notice of the title, it was surprisingly electro. Memorising beats and the wonderful voice from the last album was kind of missing, I liked their last album, this one not so much, it grew on me after a few listens, then i got agitated when i listened to it, now i don't really want to put it on. I miss her voice and the double bass. Soon I will get the original Little Dragon which will make me feel much better.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seymour on 6 Sept. 2010
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Great album, easy to listen too, great for a hangover/sunday afternoon. Looking forward to checking them out at Koko on the 23rd
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
One of the best of 2009 2 Dec. 2009
By Tom Paine - Published on
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Little Dragon is one of the best little bands around right now. Machine Dreams is more upbeat than the debut and reaches back to some of the best 80s sounds for inspiration, yet also feels futuristic and sci-fi, sounding like nothing else out there. Yukimi Nagano's soulful voice is the star here and she is ably assisted by three fine musicians. You must see this band's excellent live show to understand that as good as this album is, it is mostly an outline of the even more electrifying live versions of the tracks. I can't get enough of "Feather".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Clever and beautiful, it's a record you won't forget! 21 Dec. 2009
By Rafael Cova - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Little Dragon offers an interesting mix of electronic music that is supported with a dance beat but is still deeply rooted in pop structures. This combination is what makes this quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden stick out, as they present what seems like a complex sophomore outing in Machine Dreams, but in reality, it is a record that comes off very smooth. It is an easy and entertaining listen that has nice transitions from track to track and consistently will have you tapping your feet. At times, the female fronted band can be as poppy and beat heavy as Luscious Jackson but maintains a more atmospheric Sigur Rós vibe around every corner. Little Dragon is a group that needs repeat listens before you get the entire picture and Machine Dreams only perfects the sound they started on their debut and is well worth taking a listen.

The emphasis on atmosphere is made clear from the very start of Machine Dreams, as album opener "A New" begins and ends with electronic drones, as if to bracket the song in ellipses like an unfinished thought. The subsequent song, "Looking Glass", is firmer, more beat-driven, but as much as its groove is steady, as a whole it seems to wander. Motion and physicality is strongly implied by the rhythm, but the leisurely pace and subtly shifting keyboard tones indicate changes in setting, evoking a sense that we're stumbling around lost in some strange, beautiful city. This sets the tone for the rest of the album, which goes off on the tangents of different rhythms into other textural zones, but maintains a feeling of searching around for something, whether it is a person, a destination, a state of mind, or the right words to express some ineffable thought.

Little Dragon's palette is broad enough to lend the album a rich, luscious sound, but specific enough to ground the work in a particular time and place, though the definition of both terms is left to the listener's imagination. Some of the songs, like "Looking Glass" and "My Step", sound like a 1980s version of the future, and owe a debt to the keyboard aesthetics of freestyle and Prince circa Sign 'O' the Times. Others, like the gorgeous ballad "Feather" and the claustrophobic "Thunder Love", bring to mind the dystopian sexiness of Tricky's early classics on Maxinquaye and Pre-Millennium Tension. Yukimi Nagano, the band's charismatic Swedish-Japanese vocalist, has a smokey yet agile voice, and it serves as the anchor of each song. She avoids melisma, but her phrasing is in the general wheelhouse of modern R&B, particularly British iterations of the genre. As with every other element of their sound, Nagano's voice places Little Dragon's music in a lineage of recognizable influences under a vague "urban" umbrella, but it all comes out just a bit off, which is to say, unexpected and original.

Machine Dreams is at once familiar and slightly alien, and the emotional center is both intuitively obvious and intentionally vague. Nagano is the type of writer and singer who lets her words roughly sketch out a feeling that she embellishes with her voice. This approach puts more faith in the unique effects of music-- there is no sense in being direct and literal when singing can convey the sort of nuance that is almost impossible to express in other forms of communication. The album falters slightly when the music becomes more abstract and inscrutable, but on the whole it is not difficult to relate to Nagano or slip into the mood created by her bandmates. That mood is slippery and hard to define, but that's not so much a problem as it is part of the appeal, as the band navigate the strange spaces between big, easily identifiable emotions.
According to vocalist Yukimi Nagano, "these days, humans seem more and more like machines, and as technology evolves, machines feel more human and it becomes fuzzy and beautiful and science fiction-ish. We feel dependent on our machines to create and live, and their sounds reflect us". So we guess you can expect a movement towards a more electronic sound.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5 Stars 12 Dec. 2009
By Akua Grant - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is a must have. I love it. I've been loving Little Dragon for a while now. Their music is produced with so much emotion and integrity. This is a little more upbeat almost Nu Disco then the last release. That's fine because they do it well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Yukimi is amazing!!! 25 Jun. 2010
By D. Rutledge - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Yukimi Nagano from some of her other projects and truly enjoyed the first Little Dragon cd. So when I picked this one up, my expectations were pretty high. At first listen, I still favored the first cd, but after listening to it again, I am just IN LOVE with this cd! There are too many really strong tracks on this one and I hope they continue to put out great music like this. This gets regular rotation on my mp3 player (randomly shuffle with the first cd) and it just doesn't get old.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love me some Little Dragon 10 May 2012
By Techthusiast - Published on
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Just so groovy and delicious... I know that's totally unhelpful....

Sure I want to sit down, listen to, and analyze the awesomeness of every song... but that'll never get done and these guys deserve a 5-star rating while I'm dipping around figuring out the best way to praise them.

I nearly broke YouTube listening to their tracks before I was like "I've got to support these guys!"

If you're a fan of Little Dragon, collect them all.

So glad I found you.
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