‘Machine Dreams’ is an extremely apt title for the second release by Swedish quartet Little Dragon. This is because the whole record sounds, probably quite deliberately, as if it were recorded in a science laboratory by highly trained robots. Each song flows beautifully into the next, driven by an equally infectious keyboard groove and comes in a perfect pop song length. Little Dragon have clearly left nothing to chance. Unfortunately by doing this they’ve also left out the possibility that listeners may feel in some way connected to the music. From start to finish ‘Machine Dreams’ is slick, efficient pop music. It’s also cold, vacuum packed and devoid of heart and soul. The lyrics are throwaway and it’s difficult to see it finding a place anywhere but in the background of car advertisements.

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