• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Oct 5, 2018

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Oct 5, 2018
    The 18 eclectic tracks hang together because of a gleeful joie de vivre, and are the best songs of the band’s career.
  2. Oct 4, 2018
    A record this willing to go the absolute distance to challenge expectations yet entertain and move so consistently should equally be heralded in such high regard [as Screamadelica], which in time, this will.
  3. Oct 4, 2018
    Fucked Up have created a masterpiece that pushes boundaries, takes risks and delivers huge rewards.
  4. Sep 28, 2018
    What could well be their best effort yet. ... We're taken on a journey through many different genres, concepts, voices and anthems (I Don't Wanna Live in This World Anymore) which all manage to work cohesively to create an unbelievably satisfying whole by the time of finale Joy Stops Time.
  5. Nov 8, 2018
    Dose Your Dreams creates a vividly realised world I love to visit. Once I press play, I feel compelled to see it through to the end. Other listeners will tackle it in chunks.
  6. 90
    Dose Your Dreams feels like a fresh breath for the band. With all the heavy meta-survey of their most recent releases spit out, it sounds like the band is floating upwards, and perhaps just as importantly, having a lot of fun.
  7. Oct 3, 2018
    Fucked Up's latest pushes the boundaries of their sound far beyond what you would expect. Dose Your Dreams is by far the most over-the-top album the band have ever created and shows they aren't satisfied with pumping out subpar material or rehashing what they've done.
  8. 90
    Fucked Up’s personal narrative draws an uncanny parallel with that of Dose Your Dreams. In creating a tale of dreaming big and clinging on to hope they are living out their own script, refusing to be bound or compromise in the creation of their art. The importance of dreams cannot be understated.
  9. Mojo
    Oct 22, 2018
    A reverberant, high-octane treatise on the transcendent power of love and loud music. [Dec 2018, p.94]
  10. Oct 17, 2018
    Lyrically and conceptually they are scattered, but instrumentally and vocally, there is an open-mindedness that rends you. Ironically, in an album that talks about dying, there is a never say die attitude that latches on and never lets go.
  11. Oct 9, 2018
    Dose attempts to go everywhere and do everything. Opener “None of Your Business Man” is classic Abraham ascendancy (and the perfect anthem to quit your job to). “Torch to Light” introduces the double LP’s first moment of psychedelia, a new-ish venture for the band that’s sprinkled throughout. Mascis’s contribution on “Came Down Wrong” is, unsurprisingly, fuzzy, lackadaisical indie rock. “Dose Your Dreams” is disco. “Two I’s Closed” is a Beatles ballad. “The One I Want Will Come for Me” recalls shoegaze-y Cure.
  12. Kerrang!
    Oct 8, 2018
    Vocal contributions from a slew of guests keep things unpredictable on a set which often feels like a multi-genre playlist. ... Time spent getting your head around this craziness is time well spent. [6 Oct 2018, p.55]
  13. Oct 5, 2018
    It's probably premature to call Dose Your Dreams Fucked Up's masterpiece, but most bands would be very lucky to make something this daring and accomplished once in their careers, let alone twice.
  14. Oct 5, 2018
    It’s powerfully confronting, unashamedly angry, unrelenting and it’s long. Yet throughout, the band’s mastery guides the album. The ebb and flow, often squeezed into the running time of a single track, is as beautiful as it is disarming.
  15. There’s almost something for everyone on Dose Your Dreams, and, thankfully, that eclectic aspect to Fucked Up’s most ambitious project yet means it leans more towards opus than hopeless.
  16. Uncut
    Sep 28, 2018
    There's variety like never before: bludgeoning tech-punk, disco beats and Screamadelica-era Primal Scream eruptions. That it exists is exhausting; that it works is extraordinary. [Nov 2018, p.29]
  17. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 28, 2018
    Dose Your Dreams is fucking ace. [Oct 2018, p.85]
  18. Q Magazine
    Sep 28, 2018
    A sprawling, ambitious 18-track behemoth, its size and constant stylistic shifts belies its cohesiveness. [Nov 2018, p.106]
  19. Oct 8, 2018
    Despite Haliechuk and Falco’s bombastic concept, Dose Your Dreams functions similar to the recent hip-hop blockbusters that share its 82-minute length, best enjoyed in chunks or humming in the background between the singles.
  20. Oct 2, 2018
    Without Abraham’s consistent presence, Fucked Up’s music sounds almost conventional. Fortunately, Dose Your Dreams proves they’ve got a deep enough bag of tricks--including a towering throng of endless overdubs and genre detours that sound as massive as the band’s ambitions--to make even conventionality sound compelling.
  21. 60
    Dose Your Dreams is a dizzying mix of styles, often within the same song.
  22. Oct 5, 2018
    It ultimately sounds like a radio stuck between two stations, a bit like the Hold Steady with laryngitis. Luckily there are enough musical diversions to keep it interesting.
  23. Oct 1, 2018
    The wide variation in music and the uneven results (all of it, perhaps, evidence of the record’s conceptual ambitions and smarts) prevent Dose Your Dreams from being a uniformly pleasurable record. But, man, is it full of ideas and aesthetic vitality.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Dec 8, 2018
    ( 70/100 )

    **** Up es una banda cuyo discurso se aplaude por ser activista, anti-conformista, consciente y muy humano. **** Up es una banda
    ( 70/100 )

    **** Up es una banda cuyo discurso se aplaude por ser activista, anti-conformista, consciente y muy humano. **** Up es una banda de Toronto, Canada cuya presencia nace en el 2001. Pero fue hasta el 2008 qué, con su álbum llamado "The Chemistry Of Common Life", alcanzó reconocimiento internacional y varias premiaciones musicales. Su discurso, en "Dose Your Dreams", es bello, conmovedor, intenso y todo los adjetivos de admiración. El álbum cuenta la historia de una persona a la que se le muestra la superficialidad del mundo y, en medio del despertar, regresa a la tierra para darse cuenta de que su vida no tiene sentido. Entonces se cantará su intención de emanciparse de esa realidad, rezar por su salvación, buscar drogas como distracción y, en su arrebato, encuentra el valor de la vida en los recuerdos y el amor; y el valor de la muerte en su presente vacío existencial. Sin embargo, la música es otro cantar. Producido por Alex Gamble y Jonah Falco, la música es un desmadre. El comienzo del álbum propone a la banda como un ataque de energía y locura desbocada sin miedo al ruido, aunque éste evite que las letras sean apreciada de forma adecuada. Poco a poco la composición se va suavizando para establecer una forma y un objetivo, y la música, en esa primera mitad, se escucha interesante, con la energía suficiente como para levantar ánimos y mover cabezas, e incluso, detalles que captan la atención. Pero, una vez más, poco a poco el álbum cae imparable a su propia devaluación. Los detalles desaparecen, la energía se mantiene, pero ni las colaboraciones lo salvan de ser algo monótona. Lo que me molesta es que la banda usa el clímax musical para anclar a sus oyentes a la continuidad de su proyecto. No importa que el 80% de la canción sea algo repetitiva y vacía, el último 20% estará llena de explosión y detalle como para qué, en general, se termine pensando en "No está tan mal después de todo."
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  2. Oct 14, 2018
    I'm really amazed by this one, the majority of the tracks flow really well, plus there are really passionate vocal performances and blastingI'm really amazed by this one, the majority of the tracks flow really well, plus there are really passionate vocal performances and blasting ecletic instrumentals. One of the best albums I've heard this year so far Full Review »