Album Review: Those Dancing Days – Daydreams & Nightmares

Rosie Howard-Williams 19 March 2011

Those Dancing Days – Daydreams & Nightmares (Wichita, 2011)

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I wanted to write this review without any reference to ‘alternative medicines’ or ‘cosmic alliance’, but I decided that it would be more fun if I did. Here’s my analysis: all of the members of Those Dancing Days are perfectly in tune with one another on Daydreams & Nightmares, which must mean that they are also totally aligned in the stars with one another. I can see no other way that this collection of songs could be put together in a way that makes them this utterly delicious and glittery.

Seriously though, I am so excited about this album that I might be sick. In a good way. Opener ‘Reaching Forward’ sets the tone for the album – emotional and catchy; agitated and youthful. Singer Linnea Jonsson’s voice is so lovely that it could calm the unhappiest of children and being an unhappy child myself, I should know because it calmed me down.

The most amazing thing about Daydreams & Nightmares, though, is that it really works as an album. It’s not so difficult to throw a bunch of songs together, but there are no accidents here and it is this kind of talent that separates a good band from a great one. Where Those Dancing Days’ debut was youthful but immature, Daydreams and Nightmares is intelligent, sensitive and energetic, balancing new-wave synths with jittery indie. What results is somehow carefree AND soulful. So, it is basically amazing and you should all go and buy it. If you diluted it, it would probably even cure cancer.

Rosie Howard-Williams