How You Continue Dreaming

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Refrigerator's work displays a serious bent toward indirect, navel-gazing tunes that sprawl out in many directions, and nowhere is this more clear than on How You Continue Dreaming. The 20 tracks on this double album have a lazy drawl to them that's typically more emotionally upsetting than it is beautiful. This is, of course, meant as a compliment -- while some of the songs on the record betray a lack of direction, most wind up compelling because of their epically low-key rusticity. The albums which followed swung this sound through prettier areas (Anchors of Bleed) and into more accessible pop (Refrigerator), but their heart is still the elliptical languor that makes How You Continue Dreaming so irresistible.

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