“What a hell of a reinvention,” writes Treble Zine in its exploration of the new Dream Syndicate LP The Universe Inside. “The Dream Syndicate I remember and the one presented here are, to be brief, quite a bit different.” The review really dissects what makes the record work, touching on other artists like Crazy Horse and Hawkwind to explain why the trippy, sprawling jam of an album is a special addition to the venerated group’s catalog. While “it’s easy to make music like this that either errs too technical or that’s dreadfully dull,” reviewer Langdon Hickman contends, “The Universe Inside is neither, switching the palette slowly but consistently, so that what once was a distorted Telecaster becomes a saxophone, what once was a drumkit becomes bongos, what once was a piano becomes a buzzing organ, on and on, around and around. These long stretches are where their keen ear for grooves and the necessary tension-and-release of improvised instrumental stretches comes to bear most magnificently, the type of maturity of playing that makes work richer and more consistently compelling rather than being a code word for boring.”
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