Dean Wareham - 'Dean Wareham'

Galaxie 500 man goes it alone on his first full-length solo record

  • Release Date 10 Mar, 2014
  • Record Label Sonic Cathedral
  • Dean Wareham - 'Dean Wareham'
5 / 10
In his days in the short-lived but influential Galaxie 500 in the late-’80s and early ’90s, Dean Wareham specialised in writing perfect dream-pop that found the sweet spot between sleepy and beautiful. Little changed in his next band Luna, or when collaborating with his wife as Dean and Britta. On his first full-length solo record, and the follow-up to last year’s strong ‘Emancipated Hearts’ EP, the sleepiness outweighs the beauty. Over stroked guitars and brushed drums, Wareham's wobbling vocal decorates nine bruised and down tempo songs that rarely do anything more than roll along gently to an underwhelming conclusion. There are occasional glimpses of life, such as on the restrained wig-out of ‘I Can Only Give My All’, but in the main ‘Dean Wareham’ is too dreary, too frequently.

Thom Gibbs

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