Brighter Wounds

Son Lux - Brighter Wounds
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #281 / 598
User Score
Based on 84 ratings
2018 Ratings: #294
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
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City Slang / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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A.V. Club

Brighter Wounds poses more questions than answers—but that uncertainty only makes the record more absorbing.


On average, it's not one of Son Lux's catchier albums, but it is spellbinding, strange, and moving, and still as far away from expectations for a piano, guitar, and drums trio as any in existence.

Under The Radar
Music like this opens windows and doors, letting in the fresh airs of possibility of what can come from whipping the backside of imagination and watching it run free.
On the synth-rock project’s fifth album, the stakes feel higher, with new fatherhood and the perilous state of the world inspiring searching introspection and dramatic gestures.

Though hit and miss, ‘Brighter Wounds’ is a solid addition to the group’s catalogue.

Drowned in Sound

Though refreshingly bold at key moments, Brighter Wounds still doesn’t challenge itself enough to be considered a radical and departure from its predecessors. But Son Lux still do a yeoman’s job at second-guessing themselves and coming away with enough surprising, wholly satisfying material.

The 405
There are plenty of moments on here worthy of your time and show what is possible when Son Lux is willing to take risks and play with expectations.
Slant Magazine
For all the musical sophistication on display here, Lott's cracked warble and heart-on-sleeve lyrics contrast with the steely precision of the arrangements in ways that are surprisingly emo, humanizing the robotic soundscapes even when it leans too far into angst.
Apr 10, 2018
though i was going to like it more after the first listen but turned out i was wrong
Aug 31, 2018*
The cinematic and morally-questioning "Brighter Wounds" is a cinematic effort from the experimental trio consisting of frontman and composer Ryan Lott (who originally started Son Lux as a recording project of his own), guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang.

This phase of the band started with the 2017 extended play (EP), "Remedy". The 16 minute demonstration of protest in an era of the Trump administration (which Lott has explicitly expressed disdain for) laid the ... read more
Jun 4, 2018
Dream State
Mar 8, 2018
Son Lux didn't come through with the catchy record the singles led me to believe it would be, but it's gorgeous as hell anyway (obviously, it's Ryan Lott). It's so cinematic it feels like I'm watching an art house film in my head.
Feb 22, 2018
Wounded ears after listening to that.
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Track List

  1. Forty Screams
  2. Dream State
  3. Labor
  4. The Fool You Need
  5. Slowly
  6. All Directions
  7. Aquatic
  8. Surrounded
  9. Young
  10. Resurrection
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Added on: October 10, 2017