Brighter Wounds
Son Lux - Brighter Wounds
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #133 / 305
User Score
Based on 75 ratings
2018 Ratings: #153
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
City Slang / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

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

80
AllMusic

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.

80
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.
73
Pitchfork
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.
70
Clash

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

70
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.

70
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.
70
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
Muhammed
69
though i was going to like it more after the first listen but turned out i was wrong
Mar 8, 2018
BuddhaBuddha
78
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
42
Wounded ears after listening to that.
Feb 15, 2018*
BlueVisions
70
While some of it's experiments don't quite land or feel unecessary, it's exciting to have a band that continuously tries something different and is not afraid to take risks. The projects best album since Lanterns with a beautiful soundscape and partially stellar production.

Highlights: Dream State, Slowly, Surrounded
Feb 13, 2018
64
Once again, I can't shake the feeling that I'm seriously missing something when it comes to Son Lux. There may be moments here where the production comes off pristine of the instrumentals are exciting. But way too much of this album is incredibly awkward. There are too many strange vocals, unfinished thoughts, and straight-up boring material. Even when Son Lux do somehow scrape up an interesting sound, they answer it quickly with tons of obnoxious ones. There's a very thin line between ... read more
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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