Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima
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Based on 24 reviews
2019 Ratings: #338 / 701
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Based on 257 ratings
2019 Ratings: #378
March 15, 2019 / Release Date
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‘Lux Prima’ acts as a near-flawless advertisement for the power of collaboration at its best.

Northern Transmissions

‘Lux Prima’s MO is lush orchestration and bruised delicacy, it can’t be stressed enough how sumptuous this album sounds.


This isn’t the best record that either of these mercurial artists have made, but it’s undoubtedly the finest collaboration you’ll hear this year.


This album is an artistic masterpiece that weds Danger Mouse's incredible storytelling with Karen O's ambitious vocal presence in a 9-track journey that truly sheds the first light into the minds of these two icons.


There’s obvious chemistry between these two in the studio, and Lux Prima sounds more dynamic than even the most optimistic fan could have hoped.

Consequence of Sound

These are two artists who know when to pull back and when to pile on, with enough technical knowledge to execute their vision and enough passion to work until the little details are right.

The Line of Best Fit

Lux feels refreshing in the freedom and desire to explore new territory, resulting in a win for both.

Loud and Quiet

An album that feels storied, complex and, crucially, intentional.


‘Lux Prima’ is a hypnotic listen.

The Independent

Lux Prima is an accomplished record – proof that two wildly different minds can work seamlessly together.


Lux Prima is the sophisticated, sonically adventurous album Karen O deserves to make at this point in her career.

Under The Radar

Repeated plays make it a lovable record as the subtle, ultra-cool textures creep into your consciousness and make for dynamic and vibrant tunes that leave swirling, seraphic sensations playing inside your head.

Rolling Stone

While the sound of Lux Prima feels unexpected based off these artists’ distinct histories, Karen O and Danger Mouse have unlocked a new creative force within each other.


Karen O and Danger Mouse have dreamt up a vividly imagined world, and it’s a pleasure to get lost in it. With a little more freedom, it could have been divine.


Lux Prima certainly isn't Karen O's most urgent or explosive work, but it all sounds exceptionally lovely.


The innate desire of musical exploration of both artists is clear for all to see on ‘Lux Prima’; a complex but ultimately rewarding listen.

FLOOD Magazine

Despite its flawless production, Lux Prima is a noticeably restrained affair, considering what a feral creature Karen O has always been.

The 405

A lot of elements go into the production and sound of Lux Prima, however it is the restraint of the two artists that make the album work. What transpires is melding of the two worlds that does not come across as messy or unfocused, but rather the opposite.


The result of a partnership with such creatively rich possibility ultimately just feels like another Broken Bells album, albeit a good one, at its core.

The Skinny

While it is endearing to hear Karen O working with a more patient form of songwriting, the raw energy and emotion of her best work isn’t present on Lux Prima.

The Observer

This album’s default seltzer dynamics are superbly well appointed, but the aim of many of these songs is often occluded by Burton’s knee-jerk tastefulness.

The Guardian

It serviceably denotes grandeur and romance but without any real melodic invention.

Spectrum Culture

Lux Prima offers a nice atmosphere and a few insights, but a little focus would have provided a sharper image.

Crack Magazine

Danger Mouse is the steady hand in the background bringing the album’s lush, smooth soundscapes into being, but sadly they do little to deflect from O’s impenetrably vague writing.

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I believe Karen O excels at more spontaneous, off-the-cuff recording sessions with less intricate production and writing (i.e. Where The Wild Things Are and Crush Songs). This is still a very solid collection of songs, however, even though she's tapped into some well-trodden mainstream themes of contemporary pop.
Really digging the opening and closing track off this album. Reveries is a tearjerker.
It's a pleasant listen with some highlights. Especially the first track, which when released as a single it was in my top 20 best songs of 2018. I thought this was going to be one of my favourite albums of the year, but for now it misses the mark.

But why? Well, I think that a few of the songs don't do enough to grab hold of my attention. Especially true with the production from Danger Mouse, which disapointted me considering that he's done excellent stuff in the past, most recently that ... read more
Once I heard the demo of yeah yeah yeahs maps, and I could figure out that Karen O has a part rough not only in his voice also in his music and concept, maps being a polish song bring the best of their roughness and a good production. Lux prima is Karen's voice polished to the top, some parts I can't recognize her voice.l, but has the brightness of his ideas feat Danger mouse is definitely an album that could reach much more in me

Good... but they didn't go all out with this project (in my opinion). It's sensual... perhaps beautiful, but not something I could return to.

Best: Ministry, Turn the Light, Woman, Redeemer, Drown

Weakest: Reveries
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Track List

  1. Lux Prima
  2. Ministry
  3. Turn the Light
  4. Woman
  5. Redeemer
  6. Drown
  7. Leopard's Tongue
  8. Reveries
  9. Nox Lumina
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Added on: January 15, 2019