Thunder Follows the Light

Mutual Benefit - Thunder Follows the Light
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #433 / 716
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
2018 Ratings: #404
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Transgressive / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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It’s the rare album that manages to soothe and calm without burying its head in the sand—like a guided meditation through the reality of living in today’s world.

His third full-length set of bucolic fairydom, Thunder Follows the Light confirms Jordan Lee's status as a leading architect of musical escapism via his collaborative project Mutual Benefit.

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If you want to hear folk pushed forward, Mutual Benefit is one of the people keeping it truly fresh and interesting.


‘Thunder Follows the Light’ is an album that if you take on face value is full of delicate vocals and dreamy melodies, but if you start to dig a bit below its ethereal surface you find something that is incredibly rewarding on repeat listens.


Though the lyrical themes may lack potency, Thunder Follows the Light highlights Lee’s knack for composing beautiful melodies.


A more calming influence you’ll not encounter in your headphones this year. If you ever need to take a step back, switch off and distract yourself from the miserable goings-on of today, this is the way to go. Sheer bliss for anyone who needs to unwind.

“Love’s Crushing Diamond” may be the album that put Mutual Benefit on the map, but in my opinion, “Thunder Follows the Light” is his best album yet. Jordan Lee has always had a major talent for composing beautiful chamber-psych-folk soundscapes, and on “Thunder Follows the Light,” he has the melodies to match them. The album is so gorgeous and spotless that it certainly makes good background music, but there’s enough going on here that a focused ... read more
In the most thankful way ever, Mutual Benefit gives more of the same. Lines blend between albums and Jordan Lee further crystalizes what a Mutual Benefit record sounds like.
Some really really good moments on here, but not quite as consistent as their previous works
Pleasant to a fault. These sweet sounding songs so quickly drift in to the background that it's difficult to even pay attention. Mountain's Shadow was the only standout for me.
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Track List

  1. Written in Lightning
  2. New History
  3. Storm Cellar Heart
  4. Shedding Skin
  5. Come to Pass
  6. Waves, Breaking
  7. No Dominion
  8. Mountain's Shadow
  9. Nightingale
  10. Thunder Follows
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Added on: May 22, 2018