The Dream (The Orb album)

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The Dream
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Studio album by The Orb
Released 27 August 2007
Genre Electronica, trip hop, dub, IDM
Length 72:56 (79:56 Japan)
Label Liquid Sound Design, Traffic Inc., Six Degrees
Producer The Orb[1]
The Orb chronology
Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt
The Dream
Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III)
Singles from The Dream
  1. "Vuja De"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club C[4]
Pitchfork Media 3.6/10[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Uncut 3/5 stars[7]
NME 6/10[8]
PopMatters 7/10[9]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[10]
URB 3.5/5 stars[11]
Record Collector 5/5 stars[12]

The Dream is the eighth studio album released by English electronic group The Orb in August 2007. The album features somewhat of a return to the earlier sound of the Orb (notably, "The Truth Is..." features the same vocal sample as the group's early-90s single, "Blue Room"), and shares much more in common with their 2004 album Bicycles and Tricycles than with their minimal 2005 release, Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt.

The Dream was released in Japan in 2007 and the following year in the US and UK. Orb member Thomas Fehlmann was absent on the album and Paterson was instead reunited with Martin Glover and joined by Tim Bran of Dreadzone.[13] The album features more of a return to The Orb's sounds of the early 1990s, with peculiar vocals and playful samples.[14][15] The Orb also brought in jazz and house music singer Juliet Roberts,[16] guitarist Steve Hillage,[13] and Aki Omori, who had worked with The Orb on Cydonia.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Dream (The Future Academy of Noise, Rhythm and Gardening Mix)" (Guitar by Matt Chandler, vocals by Helen Boulding) Alex Paterson, Boulding, Martin Glover, Tim Bran 6:26
2. "Vuja De" (Single; mixed by Andy Hughes, additional programming by Adam Pickard, vocals by Aki Omori) Paterson, Glover, Bran 5:45
3. "Something Supernatural"   Paterson, Glover, Bran 0:36
4. "A Beautiful Day" (Vocals by Juliet Roberts) Paterson, Roberts, Glover, Bran 6:48
5. "DDD (Dirty Disco Dub)" (Mixed by Hughes, additional programming by Pickard, vocals by Andy Caine, The Corpral) Paterson, Caine, Glover, Bran 5:03
6. "The Truth Is..." (Guitar by Steve Hillage, vocals by Roberts) Paterson, Roberts, Glover, Bran 6:43
7. "Phantom of Ukraine"   Paterson, Glover, Bran 0:30
8. "Mother Nature" (Guitar by Hillage, mixed by Greg Hunter, vocals by The Corpral, Roberts) Paterson, Roberts, Glover, Bran 6:30
9. "Lost & Found" (Vocals by The Corpral) Paterson, Glover, Bran 6:19
10. "The Forest of Lyonesse"   Paterson, Glover, Bran 1:09
11. "Katskills" (Mixed by Hunter, performed by Dr. D, programmed by Pickard) Paterson, Glover, Bran 5:55
12. "High Noon" (Guitar by Hillage) Paterson, Glover, Hillage, Bran 6:03
13. "Sleeping Tiger & The Gods Unknown"   Paterson, Glover, Bran 1:09
14. "Codes" (Guitar by Hillage, vocals by Carol Luna, spoken word by Cozy) Paterson, Luna, Glover, Hillage, Bran 8:13
15. "Orbisonia" (Programmed by David Nock) Paterson, Glover, Bran 5:47
16. "Let The Music Set You Free" (Japanese edition only) Paterson, Glover, Bran 7:01
17. "Free Bird" (iTunes Bonus Track on US edition only) Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant 9:56


  1. ^ The Dream – The Orb : Credits : AllMusic
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  3. ^ Bush, John. The Dream review Retrieved on 6 July 2011.
  4. ^ Battaglia, Andy. The Dream review 23 June 2008. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.
  5. ^ Ewing, Tom. The Dream review 9 June 2008. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.
  6. ^ Orb nostalgists will find much to savour. [Mar 2008, p.108]
  7. ^ A partnership with Cologne's minimal techno doyens Kompakt hasn't quite posited the outfit back at the cutting edge, but The Dream steps with a new vitality. [Mar 2008, p.96]
  8. ^ The Dream review 1 February 2008. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.
  9. ^ Ranta, Alan. The Dream review 12 June 2008. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.
  10. ^ No new ground broken. No glo-stick/daft haircut stabs at credibility. Some old haunts revisited. Shameless? Perhaps. Anyone else doing a similar musical pot pourri to such goofed-out, quality chill? No. as the good Dr described it, this is simply a follow-on from their biggest album UFOrb, which was a timeless classic.
  11. ^ URB (Magazine) (p. 85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Ever-present is the exotic, Eastern-sounding instrumentation and random dialogues sounding as if lifted from obscure cinema; and 'Katskills' is, quite simply, a killer, purist Orb track.". .
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  13. ^ a b Bush, John. "The Dream > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 June 2008. [dead link]
  14. ^ Ewing, Tom (9 June 2008). "The Orb: The Dream Pitchfork Record Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 11 June 2008. 
  15. ^ Jones, Chris (22 February 2008). "The Orb: The Dream review". Retrieved 11 June 2008. 
  16. ^ Martin, Gavin (29 February 2008). "Review: The Orb – The Dream". Retrieved 11 June 2008. 

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