A refinement of their sound rather than a radical reinvention, Dreams sees WhoMadeWho taking a step back from the dance floor, bringing to the fore the guitars and the polished, Phoenix-like sheen that has always been an element of their sound. If such airbrushed FM rock has a certain inherent wistfulness—a sense of youth as a fleeting freedom—WhoMadeWho distill that to a powerful concentrate, most notably on "Indian Summer," the synth-clad heartbreaker "Heads Above" and the ELO-tinged electro-pop of "Your Better Self."
Dreams isn't flawless—the alt-folk ballad "United," for one, meanders a bit too much—but WhoMadeWho's best tracks are incredible. The Moroder-ish disco of "Hiding In Darkness" (written after a night in Berghain) is but a few tweaks from being a clubland anthem, while "The Morning" weaves Vampire Weekend's hi-life guitars, art-rock falsetto and an EDM-ish, emotional cloudburst of a chorus into a track that channels both transcendent joy and epic melancholy. It could destroy this summer's festivals, or at the very least, finally turn you onto WhoMadeWho.