Vide Noir

Lord Huron - Vide Noir
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #428 / 765
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2018 Ratings: #689
April 20, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
GIGsoup

An intensely sorrowful journey through heartbreak. With nostalgic, psychedelic visuals, its own phone number, and a narrative that pulls you in deeper with each listen, Lord Huron have a classic album on their hands.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Lord Huron have well and truly stepped up to the next level on their third outing. The heart-wrenching folk is still there, but this time it’s laced with questioning promise.

80
The Guardian

Now on a major label, the songs no longer conjure up vast rural or mountainous landscapes but the even more widescreen spaces of the cosmos.

80
God Is in the TV

It’s a delightfully typical Lord Huron record in sound and intelligent evocative lyrics that clearly paint the frustration of its main character with such depth and creativity.

75
Northern Transmissions

Though the record is occasionally held back through its most predictable tendencies, there’s still something wondrous to this album.

70
Under The Radar

Vide Noir is easily the band's most musically striking release to date.

70
musicOMH

Some may find it all a bit too intense, while long-term fans may be put off by the departure of their earlier, more pastoral sound. However, their ambition cannot be faulted, and when it comes time to look back on the band’s career, Vide Noir could be seen as a pivotal moment.

60
NME

The album’s most lucid moment comes in its title track ... but the comparatively featureless pessimism on the rest of the album makes for an oppressive and often dull listen.

55
Spectrum Culture

The songs are strong, with some intricate interplay between instruments, but its very structure can work against it.

winitheju
65
just not very good
LZGray
60
I can respect what Lord Huron was trying to do with this project: go heavier, tell a more direct narrative with more obvious symbols, continue the lore in a way that wouldn't be too obscured. I can't say it really worked in their favor. A lot of the audio quality is just so terrible, and with the heavier sounds I lose a lot of the emotional potency that was so present on Strange Trails. There are some great songs here, some really engaging stories and themes, but sometimes they just feel too ... read more
sanfordfriedman
50
I can’t say much about this except that it bored me a lot.
82
Absolutely love the direction they've taken!
90
One of the best releases of the last 5 years. Great disc from an underdog who became now a master. Psychedelic folk with indie wave echoes.
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Track List

  1. Lost in Time and Space
  2. Never Ever
  3. Ancient Names, Pt. I
  4. Ancient Names, Pt. II
  5. Wait by the River
  6. Secret of Life
  7. Back from the Edge
  8. The Balancer's Eye
  9. When the Night is Over
  10. Moonbeam
  11. Vide Noir
  12. Emerald Star
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Added on: January 28, 2018