U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2020 Ratings: #84 / 489
User Score
Based on 598 ratings
2020 Ratings: #416
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March 6, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Heavy Light is more subdued, more restrained, and certainly more beautiful than its big sister.

90
Exclaim!

Heavy Light, the remarkable new record from Meg Remy's U.S. Girls project, is a scavenger hunt for these elusive pasts — music devoted to reflection and retrospection.

90
Northern Transmissions

The result are songs that are surprisingly deep, but not necessarily grand, often built around disco-inspired grooves, with vocals refracting light all over the album. It gives the record the feeling of an idiosyncratic religious ceremony.

90
The Sydney Morning Herald

Heavy Light finds Remy’s political commentary more radical than ever, but this time looking inward, offering a sobering and sometimes dark-humoured portrayal of survival and work.

85
Under The Radar

Heavy Light both reflects back on her previous work and stands among the best of it.

85
Pitchfork

Only the mind of Meg Remy can take the trauma inflicted on Earth and our childhoods and create something as wonderful as Heavy Light, another vivid and highly affecting album of experimental pop music.

85
Spectrum Culture

Here, Remy explores a universal pain that comes with existing in modern society, and she does so by putting herself at the center of the story.

85
The Young Folks

Heavy Light is almost always interesting if not always “catchy.”

83
Paste

It trades Poem’s jagged punchiness for overflowing empathy, coalescing as a meditative and challenging album.

80
Loud and Quiet

Heavy Light is absent of poses and gimmicks and scored through with subtlety and nuance – it’s a razor-pointed, laser-guided pop record that speaks with fierce intelligence to the times.

80
The Skinny

Her latest, Heavy Light ... is more personal. It looks inward and backwards, acting as a retrospective of her career so far.

80
AllMusic

It's another huge step forward for the uncontainable U.S. Girls organism, one that skillfully combines the immediacy of personal memories with Remy's uncanny ability to inject her singular creative voice into every sound she touches.

80
The Observer

Combining bossa nova, a Patti Smith impression (on Born to Lose) and a song about the planet shrugging off its infestation of humans, Heavy Light confirms a major talent.

80
God Is in the TV

Taking the album as whole it’s another thought-provoking, stylistically diverse and intellectual entry into the U.S Girls catalogue.

80
Crack Magazine

If last album In a Poem Unlimited helped Remy broaden her audience by taking aim at the patriarchy over a disco beat, Heavy Light feels more theatrical, pinning her politics to piano melodies and gospel choirs.

70
No Ripcord

Heavy Light is ambitious, grandiose, provocative, and, like Poem before it, still allows you to shake your ass in places if you want to.

60
NME

Meg Remy's latest album lacks the slick, danceable energy of 2018's outrageously good 'In A Poem Unlimited' – but there's still beauty to be found here.

60
PopMatters

Meghan Remy's experimental pop project U.S. Girls ventures into more mainstream territory to mixed results on Heavy Light.

50
The Needle Drop

Heavy Light rapidly loses momentum after the first couple of songs.

dearsongs
84
The follow up to Meg Remy's breakthrough album "In a Poem Unlimited", which happens to be one of my top 25 albums from this past decade (Half Free is also a damn fine album if you haven't heard it).

Lets get right to it...

People will complain about the three speaking voice only interludes, but its just as easy to cut those out and leave yourself with 36 minutes and 10 tracks of near flawlessness (except when you spin this on vinyl). There are a handful of tracks in a similar ... read more
Inglume
64
Picking apart the lead singles and much of the critical insight, it seemed most reasonable that "Heavy Light", while reminiscent of the excellent, vibrant records that preceded it, is to be analyzed as its own exclusive product, one that wallows in moderate presentation, pensive personality, and reflective retrospection, rather than musical exhilaration or conceptual expansiveness. In principle, such a stylistic contrast isn't illogical for Meghan Remy, following up the thematic, ... read more
thejacktackshac
56
One of my personal favorite releases of 2018, was U.S. Girls album “In a Poem Unlimited”, a brilliant and wonderfully aware release that was a perfect example of equality between the instrumentation and lyrics from the women behind it all Meghan Remy. With instrumentation that was influenced by everything from hypnagogic pop, to disco, and subject matter that was poetically relevant. It was a masterclass in not neglecting lyrics for instrumentation or vice versa, which is a downfall ... read more
WhatTheFunk
64
Take cover, boys, U.S. Girls is back !!!

After the unbeatable "In a Poem Unlimited", Meghan Remy comes back with a successful album on the whole, both refined and sensitive, both polyphonic and percussive.

Two years after the critical triumph of the album "In a Poem Unlimited", which saw her go from being an underground curiosity to a major indie pop artist, thanks to songs as bouncy as they are acidic, the Chicagoan exiled in Toronto, Canada, succeeds once again with ... read more
Plats
77
"In a Poem Unlimited" is an incredible album that's catchy and beautifully-produced while also being sharply-written and focuses on some heavy topics. Meghan Remy's follow-up, "Heavy Light", doesn't quite match the same amount of fun as that album, but it still provides the same great lyrics, socio-political themes and gorgeous production. There are a few definite highlights on here, the gospel-led "4 American Dollars" is a standout. The pacing of this album kinda ... read more
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Track List

  1. 4 American Dollars
  2. Overtime
  3. IOU
  4. Advice To Teenage Self
  5. State House (It’s A Man’s World)
  6. Born To Lose
  7. And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve
  8. The Most Hurtful Thing
  9. Denise, Don’t Wait
  10. Woodstock ‘99
  11. The Color Of Your Childhood Bedroom
  12. The Quiver To The Bomb
  13. Red Ford Radio
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Added on: January 13, 2020