Lux Prima

Danger Mouse & Karen O - Lux Prima
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2019 Ratings: #301 / 787
User Score
Based on 270 ratings
2019 Ratings: #315
Liked by 7 people
March 15, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
BMG / Label
Art Rock, Indie Pop / Genres
Danger Mouse / Producer
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY

‘Lux Prima’ acts as a near-flawless advertisement for the power of collaboration at its best.

90
Earmilk

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.

90
Northern Transmissions

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

90
musicOMH

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.

84
Sputnikmusic

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.

83
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.

80
The Line of Best Fit

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

80
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.

80
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.

80
AllMusic

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

80
The Independent

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

80
NME

‘Lux Prima’ is a hypnotic listen.

80
Loud and Quiet

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

73
Pitchfork

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.

70
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.

70
FLOOD Magazine

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

70
Exclaim!

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

70
Clash

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

60
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.

60
The Guardian

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

60
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.

60
Spectrum Culture

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

60
Dork

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.

40
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.

tha138
60

A collaboration that made my imagination running wild, just to land, rather awkwardly, due to its lack of character, leaving me an unanswered question about what was the point of this session.

Z.Younk
70

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.

usedtobe
87

Really digging the opening and closing track off this album. Reveries is a tearjerker.

ArtQutility
75

Потрясающий вокал Карен вкупе с крутецким продакшеном Бёртона настолько здорово сочетаются, что ни одна из девяти песен в альбоме не ушла в молоко. Другое дело, что некоторые из них несколько выбиваются по тону, что нарушает целостность Lux Prima с точки зрения стиля и жанра. ... read more

85

It is one of my favorite albums of the year, every track is very well produced. My favorite track is Woman.

tha138
60

A collaboration that made my imagination running wild, just to land, rather awkwardly, due to its lack of character, leaving me an unanswered question about what was the point of this session.

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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