The Dream is the eighth studio album released by ambient techno group The Orb in September 2007(US release 17 June 2008). 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. The album features more of a return to The Orb's sounds of the early 1990s, with peculiar vocals and playful samples. The Orb also brought in jazz and house music singer Juliet Roberts, guitarist Steve Hillage, and Aki Omori, who had worked with The Orb on Cydonia.
^Ranta, Alan. The Dream review popmatters.com. 12 June 2008. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.
^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.
^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.". .