Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2014 Ratings: #9 / 845
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
Based on 428 ratings
2014 Ratings: #12
September 23, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Perfume Genius has never sounded more intimate. In its most forward-looking moments, he is still reflecting on himself; but at its most insular, he seems to be speaking for multitudes.

91
A.V. Club

Too Bright is the gloves coming off, the curtain that once was gently pulled back now ripped from its rod and set on fire. What results is at times noisy, at times beautiful, and always captivating. 

91
Consequence of Sound

Despite its heightened complexity, Too Bright still fosters an intelligible world where Hadreas can bridge the distance between his vulnerability and self-assuredness.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

It takes him – and the listener – way out of the comfort zone, a shift that suits his tendencies wonderfully.

91
Entertainment Weekly
Even the moments between the standouts float by with a strange beauty. Don’t miss them.
90
The 405

Too Bright is a strident and bold statement from an artist who has finally undone the knot of his past.

90
musicOMH

It’s not the easiest of pop albums to listen to but its raw power makes it a dazzling triumph.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Hadreas finally appears to have found a sound palette as provocative, forward-thinking and confrontational as his vehement, brave lyrical style.

90
PopMatters

Equal parts lyric and mood, the two create a dynamic tension on Too Bright that, regardless of sexual orientation, should be taken as a treatise on human frailty and the need for reciprocity in life and love.

85
Pitchfork

These songs feel less like songs and more like treasures, ones that fill you with power and wisdom, and as a result, Too Bright seems capable of resonating with, comforting, and moving anyone who's ever felt alienated, discriminated against, or "other-ized," regardless of sexual orientation.

83
Paste

If the first two Perfume Genius albums played something like nightmares—beautiful, full of danger, guided by pristine internal logic—then Too Bright is where Hadreas finally yells himself awake.

80
The Skinny

It’s still that effortlessly histrionic tumble and soar vocal of his that grabs the headlines on Too Bright, but it has to compete with an overcast atmosphere and a turbulence beyond the fragile sorrow of his earlier work.

80
Time Out London

Still tender, increasingly triumphant and often transcendent, ‘Too Bright’ represents a violent flowering of talent. Until now, we’ve only seen Hadreas’s filament flicker. Here it burns.

80
DIY

There’s a fast pattern emerging here, which applies to the entire album; ‘Too Bright’ is a diverse, multi-faceted and all-absorbing slice of sheer mastery. 

80
Drowned in Sound

The darkness was always there, in Hadreas, in the songs, but now it’s in the music, Too Bright, to sound ridiculously over the top, has darkness in its soul.

80
NME

‘Too Bright’ isn't quite as tough as Hadreas made it seem. Rather, it's a collection of enthralling confessionals where stabs of bleakness mean that heavy bleeding dominates.

80
Exclaim!

Perfume Genius has begun to spread his wings, delivering a breakout release that relies on much more than his manic/mopey persona.

80
AllMusic

Equally bold, vulnerable, concise, and expansive, Too Bright dazzles.

80
Under The Radar

The songs here may vary in tempo and orchestration but they all sound as coiffed, sheeny, and slick as Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) looks on the cover.

80
FACT Magazine

Too Bright creates a captive audience in its effusive refusal to let you look away.

80
No Ripcord

Few artists in this day and age take self-expression through art to heart like Hadreas does as Perfume Genius, and with the sensitive confidence that radiates from Too Bright, he’s mastered it in a way few artists never do.

80
Clash
The material more than matches the ambition on these 11 bewitching songs.
80
God Is in the TV

In the end for all the dressing placed upon Too Bright, that naked heart still beats and its rhythm is still as hypnotic as ever.

70
Rolling Stone

His ambitions are even greater on his third album, which demands attention in a way his quietly heartbreaking music hasn't in the past.

frienderman
83
This album makes me feel so gay and heartbroken I love it.
FearFlour
95
It's hella gay and I love every single moment of it. I can't think of anything I don't dig about this album.
EMR
82
Too Bright is both an inner look from an evolving and promising artist and a push-forward piece of art that showcases focus, cohesion and a lot of personality. Also, it is a huge improvement from Perfume Genius'last full lenght, Put Your Back N To It. Here, Hadreas sound like a full-fledged trobadour, using all kinds of tools to decorate and fulfill his short but meaningful stories, while succesfully managing to entertain, intrigue and connect with the listener. Too Bright is a rare achievement ... read more
tha138
78
Having decided to expose himself in the feelings-land, he undresses quietly and throws his drama darts right outside the center.
heloryh
100
flawless. Remains me of Kate Bush's Hounds of Love for some reasons.
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Track List

  1. I Decline
  2. Queen
  3. Fool
  4. No Good
  5. My Body
  6. Don't Let Them In
  7. Grid
  8. Longpig
  9. I'm a Mother
  10. Too Bright
  11. All Along
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