Darling of the Afterglow

Lydia Ainsworth - Darling of the Afterglow
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #484 / 838
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2017 Ratings: #624
March 31, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Arbutus / Label
Art Pop, Synthpop / Genres
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Loud and Quiet

Ainsworth may still be capable of everything, but honing her instincts has improved on what was an already formidable talent.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s clear Ainsworth understands the importance of experimentation, building something familiar yet otherworldly.

God Is in the TV

Classically trained Ainsworth showcases her multiple talents on Darling of the Afterglow, not least of which are her production skills, and the strength of this material should see her stock rise considerably, given the right exposure and the attention it warrants.


Bold and stirring, Darling of the Afterglow further establishes Lydia Ainsworth as a master of arrangement and melody, and pushes her just a few more inches toward the mainstream, where a larger, captivated following surely — and deservedly — awaits.


Ainsworth's ornate palette and attention to detail may not attract casual listeners, but those drawn to the icy yet vulnerable strangeness of acts like FKA twigs or certainly Ainsworth's first album will find a rewarding set that expands with repeat plays.


Classically trained, the breadth of Ainsworth’s talent is laid bare on ‘Darling Of The Afterglow’.


While she is hardly the only artist mixing traditional musical forms with contemporary electronics, she does so with her unmistakable touch. Her latest album broadens and expands the reach of her already deft compositions.


With her own unique glitch pop style seeping into each of her songs, there's a haunting and captivating engagement to each track.


The Toronto-based composer and her wonderfully dynamic voice sail into poppier waters on her second album with huge, lush arrangements that have a tendency to weigh down the songs.

No Ripcord

While many of today’s pop artists insert experimentation to enhance their mainstream ambitions, Ainsworth wants to inhabit them with an almost presumptuous sense of ownership. It leads into an awkward middle ground where we’re not entirely sure if she’s genuinely vying for pop stardom or making a mockery out of it.

Favs: The Road, Ricochet, Afterglow, Spinning and Into the Blue.
After the critical acclaim received on her debut full lenght LP Right from Real, canadian singer/songwriter Lydia Ainsworth is back with a more pop-oriented album, Darling of the Afterglow - an effort that sounds extremely focused on expanding Ainsworth's audience worldwide, rather than broadening the rich sound palette displayed on her previous release. That is not to say, though, that the artist has diminished her own presence on record, casting aside every single drop of personality she once ... read more

The Road (9.3)
What Is It? (7.2)
Ricochet (7.6)
Afterglow (8.1)
Open Doors (7.0)
Spinning (7.6)
Into the Blue (6.9)
Wicked Game (6.7)
I Can Feel It (7.1)
WLCM (6.4)
Nighttime Watching (6.8)
The album can be divided into two parts.

4/5 "easy" pieces: voice and composition sounds like the 90% of contemporary Pop female singers. A clear attempt to expand the audience. 50

The rest seems to have a different approach: more complex arrangements with non conventional structures. 70
The begginign is amazing, first track is very good but then I got lost in mediocre melody, which doesn't do much to me.

1. The Road (4.4)
2. What Is It? (3.2)
3. Ricochet (3.3)
4. Afterglow (3.2)
5. Open Doors (3.5)
6. Spinning (3.3)
7. Into The Blue (2.8)
8. Wicket Game (3.8)
9. I Can Feel It (2.6)
10. WLCM (3.1)
11. Nighttime Watching (2.6)
OVERALL: 3,25, 65/100
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Track List

  1. The Road
  2. What Is It?
  3. Ricochet
  4. Afterglow
  5. Open Doors
  6. Spinning
  7. Into the Blue
  8. Wicked Game
  9. I Can Feel It
  10. WLCM
  11. Nighttime Watching
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Added on: January 14, 2017