Sound — 9
The most coherent album in their discography, "Lonesome Dreams" maintains the signature Lord Huron sound from their earlier works and evolves it into a more mature sonic landscape. The album flows quite seamlessly, with most tracks effortlessly cascading into the next, and there is an overall continuity of feel and "dreaminess" throughout the entire record.
Lord Huron has a knack for creating a totally immersive environment with their records, and "Lonesome Dreams" fits right in as a slightly hazy dreamworld. The instrumentation is a complete texture that envelops the background of the song, with rare melodies that stand particularly out or break out from the mix. The result is a very smooth and beautiful depth of melody. At times, the use of wind chimes, bells, and certain wordless vocal noises are almost reminiscent of native American musical styles. The weakest track on the album is, in my opinion, "Lullaby," as it suffers from limitation of instrumentation and lacks the landscape of the other songs.
Lyrics — 10
Lord Huron's lyrics are very nearly poetry, rivaling the imagery and cohesiveness of artists such as Thrice. An example of the clever, powerful, and rustically imaginative lyrical ability of Lord Huron is evident in the beginning track, "Ends of the Earth," which leads into the album with lyrics evoking desolate landscapes and a world untouched, except for the singer and his significant other.
Ben Schneider's voice is very calming and suited perfectly for the reverb that is applied constantly throughout the record. His writing ability is particularly strong when describing the two main themes of the entire album - the beauty/wonder/mystery of the natural world, particularly forests and lakes and mountains, and the inclusion of love between two characters in all of these environments. The titular track, "Lonesome Dreams," is a perfect marrying of the dreamlike lyrics and the echo-y and enveloping instrumentation.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is almost entirely flawless. The production, cohesiveness, and detail in every song and throughout the entire environment of the album, to include the created backstories to characters, the artwork, and the continuity of tone, lend credence to the idea that Lord Huron are perfectionists. The album suffers only slightly for one weak track, "Lullaby." There is absolutely no dissonance between the mood of the lyrical content of all of the songs and their accompanying instrumentation - each one is a single idea, communicating itself wholly and continuously.