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Heavy Light

U.S. Girls

Heavy Light

Seventh solo album of dark baroque pop from Toronto-born Meghan Remy recorded live in Montreal

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
4AD
UK Release date
06/03/2020
US Release date
06/03/2020
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Heavy Light is more subdued, more restrained, and certainly more beautiful than its big sister. God knows where Remy will go from here, but you can rest assured that it won’t be boring
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    The record's crown jewel — perhaps Remy's greatest achievement to date — is the brief, luminous "Woodstock '99"
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  3. 9.0 |   Northern Transmission

    The result are songs that are surprisingly deep, but not necessarily grand, often built around disco-inspired grooves, with vocals refracting light all over the album. It gives the record the feeling of an idiosyncratic religious ceremony
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  4. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    Only the mind of Meg Remy can take the trauma inflicted on Earth and our childhoods and create something as wonderful as Heavy Light, another vivid and highly affecting album of experimental pop music
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  5. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Heavy Light both reflects back on her previous work and stands among the best of it
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  6. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Pain is more universal than we might think, and music can help us express and escape that hurt all at once
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  7. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Heavy Light lacks the immediacy of her previous work. Instead, it trades Poem’s jagged punchiness for overflowing empathy, coalescing as a meditative and challenging album
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  8. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    When Meghan Remy looks back in hindsight she’ll be proud of this creation
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  9. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Heavy Light benefits from a purposeful focus on Remy’s melodic and compositional strengths; these are tunes which repay repeated listening and signal the blossoming of a genuine maverick talent
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's another huge step forward for the uncontainable U.S. Girls organism, one that skillfully combines the immediacy of personal memories with Remy's uncanny ability to inject her singular creative voice into every sound she touches
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  11. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Combining bossa nova, a Patti Smith impression (on Born to Lose) and a song about the planet shrugging off its infestation of humans, Heavy Light confirms a major talent
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  12. 8.0 |   Crack

    If last album In a Poem Unlimited helped Remy broaden her audience by taking aim at the patriarchy over a disco beat, Heavy Light feels more theatrical, pinning her politics to piano melodies and gospel choirs. The result is no less impactful
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  13. 8.0 |   The Music

    This is a deep dream of an album guided by memory, personal reflection and acute observation
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  14. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Heavy Light acts as a retrospective of Meg Remy's career so far, looking back on over ten years of U.S. Girls
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  15. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Heavy Light is absent of poses and gimmicks and scored through with subtlety and nuance – it’s a razor-pointed, laser-guided pop record that speaks with fierce intelligence to the times
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  16. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Thanks to its exquisite craft, and Remy's feel for her characters, that project finds its finest expression yet in Heavy Light. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Q

    Heavy Light holds her ground beautifully. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Artfully honest songs. Print edition only

  19. 7.0 |   Long Live Vinyl

    Whilst rooted in classic songcraft, the album unfolds in a more contemporary fashion, as Remy delves deep into personal introspection – often accompanied by piano and subtle yet sweeping accompaniments
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  20. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Heavy Light is ambitious, grandiose, provocative, and, like Poem before it, still allows you to shake your ass in places if you want to
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  21. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Meghan Remy's experimental pop project U.S. Girls ventures into more mainstream territory to mixed results on Heavy Light
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  22. 6.0 |   NME

    Meg Remy's latest album lacks the slick, danceable energy of 2018's outrageously good 'In A Poem Unlimited' – but there's still beauty to be found here
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