Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #362 / 589
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Based on 40 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Gigwise

Bright Magic is a superb effort from PSB, continuing their seemingly unending purple patch.

83
Spectrum Culture

Bright Magic teeters between being a really good krautrock/post-rock mashup and being the crown jewel of the Public Service Broadcasting discography.

80
DIY

‘Bright Magic’ flourishes at its most calm and erupts at its most fervent, lending itself neatly to a state of anxious tension, sonically chronicling the faded walk back from the club, when dawn and dusk blur into irrelevance.

80
Dork

It’s a magnificent record from the PSB boys; full of magic.

80
AllMusic

More of an immersive mood piece than a history lesson, Bright Magic is a bold new chapter for the group.

74
Sputnikmusic

All in all, Bright Magic is one more solid entry into the duo's catalogue.

70
Uncut
A spirit-tugging musical evocation of Berlin.
60
The Arts Desk

An impressionistic musical portrait of Weimar-era Berlin, even if it steers well clear of anything resembling the decadent jazzy sounds of the time.

60
The Observer

For all the invention on display here, J Willgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth have lost some of their USP with this shift in focus.

60
Mojo

The excellent concept sometimes outshines the music, but if everyone's a tourist, this is the trip to go on.

MusicaMeretrix
60
Public Service Broadcasting couldn't ever top 'Every Valley' even if they tried, so I respect that they went in a different direction this time around; emotional evocation instead of explicit storytelling. Willgoose did a fine job translating his admiration of Berlin and its history into some incredible jams and tearjerkers, though like 'White Star Liner', some of the gaps in between are filled in by uninspired movements that feel like a movie temp score.
TRaj
76
After reading two 60s rated reviews, I was about to skip it. Don't make a stupid mistake like this to skip an album on a couple of average reviews. Everyone's rating spectrum is different.
NTTR
60
Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic

Genre: Krautrock
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 60% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 391th / 761

Highlight: Der Rhythmus der Maschinen

Made me think of:
Kraftwerk
Fuck Buttons
Django Django
66
Public Service Broadcasting’s fifth studio album is an ode to Berlin, and while it captures the city's electrifying culture well, something is missing. Berlin is a wonderful city, and having been there I can say Public Service Broadcasting captures its scale, uniqueness, youthfulness and rich musical culture. But one thing Public Service Broadcasting has never had is subtlety, and that’s where this album’s portrayal falls short. Berlin has a lot of history, but what separates ... read more
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Track List

  1. Der Sumpf (Sinfonie der Großstadt)
  2. Im Licht
  3. Der Rhythmus der Maschinen (feat. Blixa Bargeld)
  4. People, Let's Dance (feat. EERA)
  5. Blue Heaven (feat. Andreya Casablanca)
  6. Gib mir das Licht (feat. EERA)
  7. The Visitor
  8. Lichtspiel I : Opus
  9. Lichtspiel II : Schwarz Weiss Grau
  10. Lichtspiel III : Symphonie Diagonale
  11. Ich und die Stadt (feat. Nina Hoss)
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Added on: June 2, 2021