Liked this entire album immediately. The Dums Dums are definitely in charge.
Maybe they should appear with BSS? Okay. Enough with BSS & Co. for a while. I think I O.D.'d. (Which is a glorious way to die...)
The album received generally positive reviews upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 74 based on 26 reviews, which indicates "Generally favorable reviews".
Spin awarded the album a rating of 8/10, writing, "Gundred's richer-than-you-expect voice is the key to these jagged little pillows, whether dryly noting that a guy's 'Just a Creep,' soaring on 'Coming Down,' or lacing her echoes with sorrow on 'Hold Your Hand,' a reflection on her mother's death." In Lindsay Zoladz's 7.6 out of 10 review, Pitchfork Medialauded the album's melodic risks within the genre of garage rock revival, "Only in Dreams isn't a perfect record, but a little while down the line it might end up looking like the beginning of something-- the first steps forward for the band, or perhaps a raising of the bar for this entire revival. I wouldn't put it past Dee Dee to be the leader of the pack." The New York Times echoed this viewpoint in Jon Caramanica's positive review stating "Only in Dreams ... seethes with a beautiful, raging confidence, louder and fuller than anything they’ve done before, and better than the onetime peers they’re leaving behind." musicOMH's Gareth Ware's 4/5 review also agreed that "[Only in Dreams] showcases a remarkably assured collection of songs."
All songs written and composed by Dee Dee.
"Just a Creep"
"In My Head"
"Heartbeat (Take It Away)"
"Caught in One"
"Teardrops on My Pillow"
"Hold Your Hand"