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Brighter Wounds

Son Lux

Brighter Wounds

Fifth studio album of post-rock / alt hip-hop from the New York based Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia, and Ian Chang

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  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Brighter Wounds poses more questions than answers—but that uncertainty only makes the record more absorbing
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  2. 8.3 |   Earbuddy

    This is an album that anyone can immerse themselves in not only through its ear-popping inventiveness but also through its emotional dexterity. It wallops you in the heart and the soul
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The arrival of his first child and Trumpism, shadowed by a friend's death, have filled Brighter Wounds with heightened bliss and anxiety. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   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
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  6. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Not the first time Son Lux have kept one eye trained on the state of the world, but it is the first time the stakes have felt quite this high
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  7. 7.0 |   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
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  8. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The record’s best moments are in the most understated, brief details, whereas its flaws often remain cemented when the band goes full Super Saiyan in their zealous quest to unearth unique sounds
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  9. 7.0 |   Clash

    Though hit and miss, ‘Brighter Wounds’ is a solid addition to the group’s catalogue
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  10. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Richly detailed and sonically varied, yet its emotions feel strangely stagnant, with Lott's eclectic arrangements offering only various shades of sorrow
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  11. 6.0 |   Record Collector

    On balance, Brighter Wounds is well worth the effort. Son Lux haven’t quite lost it to trying, but the album does feel like it’s being pulled in two different directions – one far more interesting than the other
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  12. 6.0 |   Q

    LA composer's ambitious fifth. Takes a bit of work. Print edition only

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