U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2020 Ratings: #134 / 752
User Score
Based on 647 ratings
2020 Ratings: #420
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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.

80
Mojo

Investing pop with such potent subtext has long been the U.S. Girls project; thanks to its exquisite craft, and Remy's feel for her characters, that project finds its finest expression yet in Heavy Light.

80
Uncut

Now, she's telling her own stories and directing from centre-stage.

80
Q Magazine

It feels like Remy kicking the sides of her place in the world, seeing if it's fit for purpose. For now, Heavy Light holds her ground beautifully.

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.

70
Rolling Stone

Disco self-care ... with stomping dance tracks and lush ballads.

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
EarCandy
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
musicmagpie55
82
Meg Remy challenges herself and her audience by pushing her familiar questions into new and wonderful forms. Where earlier albums explored how an individual can push back against oppressive powers, Heavy Light shifts towards collective motivation. This concept manifests in her sound as well, which continues to mine the history of pop for sonic gems while incorporating a chorus of new voices. Through this excavation process, Remy locates herself on a trajectory of political activism. She finds ... read more
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Year End Lists

#74/MOJO

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