Brighter Wounds
Son Lux - Brighter Wounds
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #207 / 455
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2018 Ratings: #217
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
City Slang / Label
Art Pop / Genres
Suggest a Genre
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
Your Review


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
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.
Feb 13, 2018
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
Purchasing Brighter Wounds from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
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
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton

Added on: October 10, 2017