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on 15 August 2014
This was my original review, with a 3-star rating..."Maybe this album is a grower, and on a second and third listen I did come to appreciate it a little more, but it can't compare to the eponymous Timber Timbre. The musical variety is a nice surprise, but there are few stand out tracks for me and what feels like a lot of fillers. Still love the band though and gonna see them live later in the year -- may give a different perspective."

Update: well, this did keep on growing, and having seen the songs played live I have a renewed appreciation for the album.
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on 8 July 2014
Buy it in vinyl or CD and you will be immediately caught by its magic. A dark and warm album which ipnotize you. Tindersticks, Nick Cave.... many come to my mind but this group has its own identity. Something new in 2014!
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on 17 October 2014
Hot Dreams is the fifth studio album from Canadian trio Timber Timbre, and one of their most cinematically charged to date. They’ve always been known for having their own style, but this album pushes that idea to the max. Indeed it’s hard to make any comparison, so I simply won’t. Instead, take blues influence and mellow rock as your base, throw in some jazz tones and a sci-fi twist, and top it off with every eerie adjective you can think off. Then you might just be getting somewhere near the journey this album takes you on.

Title track “Hot Dreams” is a raunchy slow song made for the laidback lothario. Melodic and plodding, it showcases lead singer Taylor Kirk’s evocative vocals beautifully, building to a jazz solo from sax maestro Colin Stetson, who also counts touring with Arcade Fire in his back catalogue of successes. Stetson’s presence is definitely needed on “Hot Dreams”, bringing it up from the dark sombre depths at just the right moment.

Fast forward to “Grand Canyon”; it’s sinister strings to start, before you’re transported to the outback to play a starring role in your very own Western. For “Curtains” it’s 80s synth, conjuring up the plot of the stereotypical alien abduction film, with each stab of the keys building to a tense crescendo. If that doesn’t do it for you just imagine it being sang by David Bowie in the Labyrinth; it could easily be the film’s forgotten track.

This album isn’t really songwriting in the way that we know it. There isn’t the emphasis on set song structure; there’s not even really that much emphasis on rhythm or rhyme, with each song turning corners – musically and lyrically – before you have a chance to know what’s going on. This is songwriting for the subliminal. Each track is cleverly crafted to pull on your senses, your memories, and your imagination, to force you to create your very own movie to run alongside it. It’s clever stuff and easy to see why the cinematic comparisons are so easily drawn. In fact, half the songs wouldn’t be out of place on the next Tarantino soundtrack.

From that perspective this is a great album. It’s experimental, sparse, minimal and somewhat confusing, all punctuated by Kirk’s morose baritone. You can certainly appreciate it on that level, but I’m just not quite sure when you’d listen to it. It’s not music for the masses, but it it’s definitely interesting and for that it can only be commended.

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on 12 January 2017
Where to start with this album! I love it a lot. I often put it on to fall asleep to (or just to listen to it in the day, of course) because although it is quite sorrowful in tone it is extremely relaxing. There's something about the pace & beat of the songs that lulls you into an entirely different place; perfect for escaping a hectic brain that won't stop working like mine does at night.
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on 1 January 2015
Stunning album still in the dark country style of previous offerings but now with alot more instrumentation ,the sax on hot dreams is just beautiful ,I would buy the album for this track alone but the whole album works so well ,one of my favorite albums of 2014
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on 6 July 2015
Everything correct and as expected
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on 17 July 2014
Great album!
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on 4 November 2014
Ok!!!
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