More than Just a Dream

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More Than Just a Dream
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Studio album by Fitz and The Tantrums
Released May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07)
Recorded The Sound Factory (Studio B), Los Angeles[1]
Genre Neo soul, indie pop
Length 43:06
Label Elektra Records
Producer Tony Hoffer
Fitz and The Tantrums chronology
Santa Stole My Lady
More Than Just a Dream
Singles from More Than Just a Dream
  1. "Out of My League"
    Released: February 7, 2013
  2. "The Walker"
    Released: October 13, 2013
  3. "Fools Gold"
    Released: August 12, 2014[2]

More Than Just a Dream is the second studio album by American band Fitz and The Tantrums, released on May 7, 2013, by Elektra Records. The album was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Depeche Mode, Phoenix) at The Sound Factory in Los Angeles. The title comes from a line of the chorus from the group's lead single "Out of My League".

The album is their first release for Elektra Records. The band signed with the label's current president Jeff Castelaz, who initially signed the band to their original deal at Dangerbird Records, which Castelaz co-founded in 2004.[1][3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
American Songwriter 2.5/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club B–[7]
Entertainment Weekly B[8]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[9]
Paste 7.8/10[10]
PopMatters 6/10[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Spin 4/10[13]

More Than Just a Dream has received generally positive reception by the music critics. At Metacritic, they assign a "weighted average" score to ratings and reviews from selected mainstream critics, and the album has a Metascore of 64/100, based on 12 reviews.[14]

AllMusic's Matt Collar found this to be "an even more infectious, club-ready album" than its predecessor, and at the same time "still retaining all of the band's organic soulfulness."[5] At Paste, Ryan Reed proclaimed that the album "is poised for prime time, a diabetic coma of sugar-rush pop."[10] Beth Kellmurray of told that "by diversifying their approach, Fitz creates a sound that doesn’t get dulled or play like a mere gimmick", and this is the reason she felt that the release "proves the group can find longevity in their eclectic sound."[15] At Glide Magazine, Jeremy Lukens wrote that "it wouldn't be accurate to label More Than Just a Dream a fun but hollow party album, though."[16] Bryan Bierman of The A.V. Club alluded to how the album "is a leap for the band sonically" that "still manages to be entertaining."[7] At Los Angeles Times, Randall Roberts evoked that "there's a fine line between evolution and de-evolution, and which process Fitz and the Tantrums is experiencing on its sophomore effort", and this all relies "on what you liked about the L.A. band's breakout debut."[9]

However, PopMatters' AJ Ramirez found that "it’s an album that’s hard to love, yet easy to like."[11] At Rolling Stone, Jody Rosen told that "the pleasures of the songcraft don't quite compensate for dopey lyrics, the bland vocals of Fitz and co-lead singer Noelle Scaggs, and the relentless spazzing-out."[12] Hal Horowitz of American Songwriter affirmed that "while there is no lack of energy in the performances, many songs seem forced and lack the organic groove that effective soul music demands."[6] At Spin, Michaelangelo Matos felt that the album is "steps backwards [...] where its predecessor was shockingly felt, this settles for something more distant, theatrical, grandiose."[13] The lone negative review came in from Alternative Press and Scott Heisel, and he criticized it with writing that "this is the most boring Hall & Oates record ever."[17]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Fitz and the Tantrums, except as noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Out of My League"   3:31
2. "Break the Walls" (Fitz and the Tantrums, Chris Seefried, Sia Furler) 3:36
3. "The Walker"   3:53
4. "Spark" (Fitz and the Tantrums, Dave Bassett) 3:19
5. "6AM"   4:30
6. "Fools Gold" (Fitz and the Tantrums, Dave Bassett) 3:35
7. "Keepin Our Eyes Out"   3:09
8. "Last Raindrop" (Fitz and the Tantrums, Chris Seefried) 4:03
9. "House on Fire" (Fitz and the Tantrums, Chris Seefried) 3:28
10. "The End"   3:47
11. "Get Away" (Fitz and the Tantrums, Chris Seefried) 2:56
12. "MerryGoRound"   3:32
Total length:
Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Tell Me What Ya Here For"   3:17
14. "Out of My League (Tepr Remix)"   4:35
15. "Out of My League (Video)" (Video for the song) 3:12



Charts (2014) Peak
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[18] 34
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[19][20] 67

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States May 7, 2013 Elektra Records CD, LP, digital download


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  6. ^ a b Horowitz, Hal (May 8, 2013). "Fitz and the Tantrums: More Than Just a Dream". American Songwriter. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
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  13. ^ a b Matos, Michaelangelo (May 7, 2013). "Fitz and the Tantrums, 'More Than Just a Dream' (Elektra)". Spin. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ Metacritic (May 7, 2013). "Critic Reviews for More Than Just a Dream". CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kellmurray, Beth (May 7, 2013). "Fitz and the Tantrums ‘More Than Just a Dream’ – Album Review". Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ Lukens, Jeremy (May 8, 2013). "Fitz and The Tantrums : More Than Just a Dream". Glide Magazine. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
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