Walking On A Dream
See larger image

Walking On A Dream

16 Feb 2009

3.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Standing On The Shore
Walking On A Dream
Half Mast
We Are the People
Delta Bay
The World
Swordfish Hotkiss Night
Tiger By My Side
Without You

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 16 Feb 2009
  • Release Date: 16 Feb 2009
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 43:41
  • Genres:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,770 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album last year on import after being captivated by the video for "walking on a dream" and so have been listening to it for a couple of months now. I think Empire of the Sun will be to 2009 what MGMT were to 2008. This quirky Australian duo draw from a wide template of influences, mainly pop, electronic, and 80s soft-rock. They are already on many people's radar due to placing 4th in the BBCs "Sound of 2009", along with their spectacular concept videos for "Walking on a dream" and "We are the people" doing the rounds on internet. They are bound to be the darlings of the hipster music magazines and I predict that the aforementioned singles will be the sound-track to this summer. However, like MGMT, while the album has a handful of absolute top-drawer potential singles (the latter two, plus "Half Mast" and "Standing on the shore"), which will probably be the catchiest thing you will here all year, overall I would say the album is of patchy quality. "Country" is a nice chilled out instrumental, and "Swordfish Hotkiss night" raises the bar slightly again with its take on Prince styled funk, but there really is nothing else on offer of the quality of the first 4 tracks. My recommendation is to download the first 4 songs, but make sure you check out the rest prior to purchasing. Empire of the Sun are sure to be huge in 2009, and as artists with a fantastic vision, art direction, and potential mega hit singles they deserve it, but the album just isn't the world beater I was hoping for.

3.5 stars
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting into 15 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Didn't know what to expect when buying this, but I'm glad I did. They have a really unique, immediately likeable sound. It's a strange mix of 80s pop, indie and synth stuff, and can get a little samey, but the songs each have their own blend of magic and it's really interesting to listen to.

It's a must buy.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its a hit 18 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Id been listening to this album online and a family member downloaded it for me ..~I enjoyed it so much i finally decided to have a copy for the car.Then i can play it for other friends who may in turn like it.
I find this album very good in fact excellant and a change from the british groups as they come from Australia. I recommend to everyone.
Its a hit with my family and me so give it a whirl..
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walking on a Dream - Empire of the Sun 29 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a totally different sound and takes a few listens to get into the album. The first 4 tracks are by far the best. The single 'Walking on a Dream' is fantastic and I don't get tired of listening to it. Their latest single 'We are the People' is a real sing-along tune. The rest of the album has some rather quirky tracks but give it a chance and you will come to enjoy it. In any case, I love the album on the strength of the first four tracks alone.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Singles overshadow an Average Album 29 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
The majority of those who buy the experimental duo's Walking on A Dream album will buy it solely for the albums excellent array of singles. The album overall is reminiscent of MGMT's recent offerings. The opener "Standing on the Shore", has a dreamy summer vibe, which is a common theme carried through the rest of the album which is carried of successfully due to Steel's unique voice. The second track "Walking on a Dream", needs no introduction, with its oddball chorus and rich vocals. "Delta Bay", is a true oddity with its schizophrenic indulgence while "We are the People, is a true synth pop great, with a true enigmatic quality. The instrumental, "Country" seems out of place and too sedate for such a theatrical album. Things go further downhill with the dull and indulgent "The World", before everything is saved by by the experimental, bizarre but strangely appealing hip hop/funk song "Swordfish Hotkiss Nights". The album's curtain call "Without You", a downbeat, but likable end to a true roller coaster album. So much of it achieves greatness but the poorer tracks fail to make it a cohesive debut.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! 6 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I got hooked on Empire Of The Sun due to a Vodafone ad here in Germany at the end of 2010 which used the track We Are The People. This led me to look these guys up on You Tube and I liked what I heard so much, I just had to buy the album.

What to say? Eclectic mix of 70s/80s/folky/country/otherworldly sounds that, at times, pull right at the heartstrings. The first four tracks really stand out as being the best of what is all round a wonderfully written, performed and produced piece of work. This is going to be on the loop in the CD player for quite a long time in my house.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gaudy, energetic and fabulous 24 May 2009
By Aysea
Format:Audio CD
Walking on a Dream is a flambouyant and high spirited blend of gaudy multi-layred stream of consciousness lyrics, a little snip of prog ('Delta Bay' especially reminds me of Yes's 'Going for the One') a generous shake of '80s style synths and drums and a whole big dollop of sheer joyous fun.

The whole album is full of driving energy, and playfulness; from the anthemic strains of the singles ('Walking on a Dream' and 'We are the People' - the latter my particular favourite) interspersed with the really funky ('Swordfish Hotkiss Night')the dreamy (the instrumental 'Country')to the hugely melodic,and rhythmic ('Standing on the Shore') all informed by the elided drawl of Luke Steele's supple voice which I really like.

In many ways, this album also reminds me of Kate Bush's 'The Dreaming' (another 80s reference!)- really pounding rythms, a lot of sweetness and melody and a total committment it's own vision - which may not always confrom to what the prevailing wisdom is. Not everything on the album is as instantly accessible as the singles. But surrender to the sheer energetic joy of it, don't be too serious. You'll have a great time.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band
Great band, We are the people is a classic. the falsetto voice is beautiful. I like all their music, it is very different.
Published 5 months ago by Neville Plant
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw the video - bought the CD
I saw the music video of 'We are the People' at the suggestion of my son. The video is great, really imaginative, and the track I mentioned is quite haunting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely CD
Even though, this was a used CD it was in excellent condition and not a mark on it. It was definitely well worth the money. Would highly recommend this seller.
Published 8 months ago by Cat Woman
4.0 out of 5 stars empire of the sun
Good album have not stopped listening to it for over a month,delivered on time and in good condition at a good price.
Published 9 months ago by wormhole
5.0 out of 5 stars A super album
Fantastic ! Reminds me of the pet shop boys and frankie goes to hollywood. Very 70/80 s sounding im 50s my son is 16 and my fella is late 30s wide range of ages and we all like it
Published 10 months ago by sweetie
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent dance pop album that loses a lot of steam towards the end.
This album has some excellent songs and starts off brilliantly with Standing On The Shore and its sun kissed guitar ascending lines before lurching into a brooding bassline and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jonesy The Crypt Keeper
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
A great first album from this pair of quirky Australians. Highly recommended for anyone who likes electro pop and who has eclectic musical interests.
Published 11 months ago by Adrian Mannall
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Music
I love the way they experiment with music. The topics covered on this album speak to humanity & I feel we should have more artists making music like this. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Azeezat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Just one of those albums that grows on you and different from the rest. Would recommend to everyone, an underrated band and look forward to new material at some point.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
received on time so good service, beautifull cd so if your thinking of buying then go ahead, would purchase more of their music,
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by sheil
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for similar items by category