Glowing in the Dark

Django Django - Glowing in the Dark
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Based on 24 reviews
2021 Ratings: #77 / 234
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2021 Ratings: #247
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‘Glowing In The Dark’ takes you on a woozy voyage through varied undulating soundscapes, where escapism is the primary destination and Django Django are the captain of the ship; I don’t know about you, but I’ve already got my ticket.

Loud and Quiet

Just like the luminescence emitted by a substance that has absorbed the energy around it, Glowing in the Dark beams softly, sparing us from the obscurity of present times.


A seemingly mix of contradictions that work wonderfully. The album is full of bright, poppy hooks as well as interesting, brainy sounds that make for a thrilling and engrossing listen.


While Django Django have spent much of the last decade assembling art-pop collages from eclectic grab-bags of styles, this fourth studio set seems to pull off the trick more seamlessly than ever, as if they no longer have to show their workings and can concentrate on polishing up the end results.


All in all, with its pervading doubts and joyful release, Glowing In The Dark is very much for these times.

The Arts Desk

'I can feel it, can you feel it?' sings Vincent Neff, and frankly yes we can.


Django Django’s style is well-worn by now, and a little more stylistic or structural invention wouldn’t go amiss, but Glowing In The Dark still delivers the goods with ease.


A real exhibition of a record, ‘Glowing In The Dark’ is all about escaping from daily life. It’s an undeniably forward-thinking release that pays homage to musical greats like Serge Gainsbourg as it leaps out into the unknown, always finding a way to end up on top.


When the songwriting and appetite for invention remains this strong, Django Django certainly have a lot more to give.


While ‘Glowing In The Dark’ isn’t their strongest album to date is it their most accomplished. The wonky fun of their debut has been replaced with slick productions and the songs just sound amazing for it.

The Skinny

The band’s latest effort doesn’t fully shrug off the creeping sense of familiarity, but for the first time marks a real step forward.


This album’s modus operandi of detaching from reality here feels that little bit more vital now.

The Independent

Their latest, Glowing in the Dark, is an ambitious reach for new heights.

The Observer

While the songs on Glowing in the Dark might be less immediate than those on 2018’s Marble Skies, the hooks are still there – they just take a few more listens to sink in.

God Is in the TV

It’s three years since Django Django released their third album... I’m delighted to say that the band seems to have used the interim time to craft a set of songs that sees them right on the top of their game.

The Young Folks

Though its complexities are more subtle than anything else, Glowing in the Dark is a great example of experimentation done the right way. Rather than start from scratch, the band takes what is already known and adds their own unexpected flare to make it much more memorable and interesting.

Beats Per Minute

Somewhat of a return to form, the album sounds like warm summer nights and white wine, 90s videogames and 00s Beck; there’s a lot here that contradicts the still-ongoing mood of lockdown fatigue.


The UK psych-rockers’ pan-genre approach benefits from a little extra curation and fun. As versatile as they are, their stylistic detours eventually feel like overkill.


As a whole Glowing in the Dark is a mostly solid, well-built album with enough standouts to keep it fresh without venturing too far out of the band's wheelhouse.

The Sydney Morning Herald

This is another expertly crafted sonic cauldron.

The Line of Best Fit

While there are moments of significant note here, Glowing In The Dark as a whole doesn’t feel, or more importantly sound, like the album that will finally solidify the band in delivering what is their true potential.

FLOOD Magazine

All this diversity doesn’t always make for great intrigue.

These critics are wilding lmao

Absolute fucking chaos.

Most playlists on Spotify are more concise than this album. For those familiar with Django Django's discography, it's probably not so surprising that they once again decided to blend together a good portion of styles and genres. This time, however, it drastically gets out of hand. You can't really describe the theme or the mood of this record, because EVERY SINGLE TRACK is out of place here. There is not a single moment here that ... read more
Fun little fact: Django Django's last album, Marble Skies, is the very first album I reviewed, having done so just over 3 years ago I think I've improved a little since then...

I've been a fan of the group since their self-titled debut earned a nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2012, ultimately losing out to Alt-J and their debut, An Awesome Wave. S/T is a wonderfully fun and catchy Art-Pop/Rock album that spends plenty of ... read more
While Django Django don't make a bad album with 'Glowing in the Dark', it's far too bland to be anything other than average at best. Many of the sonic ideas that the band explore on here often get rendered quite tepid because of how mild and bland the sound palette is and the vocals are just straight up boring, does 'Glowing in the Dark' have its moments? Yeah, but those moments are few and far inbetween for me.
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Track List

  1. Spirals
  2. Right the Wrongs
  3. Got Me Worried
  4. Waking Up
  5. Free from Gravity
  6. Headrush
  7. The Ark
  8. Night of the Buffalo
  9. The World Will Turn
  10. Kick the Devil Out
  11. Glowing in the Dark
  12. Hold Fast
  13. Asking for More
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Added on: October 21, 2020