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Lux Prima

Karen O & Danger Mouse

Lux Prima

Collaboration album from songwriter and Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O and multi-Grammy winning producer Danger Mouse

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    Everything across ‘Lux Prima’ feels completely right; familiar yet new, revealing more of two beloved figures without losing what made them great all these years
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    This isn’t the best record that either of these mercurial artists have made, but it’s undoubtedly the finest collaboration you’ll hear this year. Guaranteed
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  3. 9.0 |   Northern Transmission

    It may have been years in the making (and waiting) but ‘Lux Prima’s coalescing of two of music’s creative sparks is most definitely worth the wait
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  4. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    An album crafted by two high-profile artists that manages to live up to the names involved
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  5. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An ambitious and dreamy album that will leave listeners wanting more
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    A stately, cinematic listen
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  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    The subtle, ultra-cool textures creep into your consciousness and make for dynamic and vibrant tunes that leave swirling, seraphic sensations playing inside your head
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  8. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Karen O and Danger Mouse have unlocked a new creative force within each other
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    An accomplished record – proof that two wildly different minds can work seamlessly together
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A dreamy, sophisticated and playful piece of work
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  11. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The stomping soul of Woman is Orzolek at her best. An anthem for these times from a true icon of alternative music
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer and Grammy award-winning producer complement each other with rich arrangements and moody vocals
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    An expertly fashioned LP from a duo who know how to add style to substance. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Feels refreshing in the freedom and desire to explore new territory, resulting in a win for both
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  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A bold redrawing of creative frontiers, Lux Prima is a gamble that pays off, handsomely. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Much of the album sounds like it’s compiled from obscure 70s films that Tarantino would raid
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  17. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    For Danger Mouse, it’s another proof point after his work with Sparklehorse and James Mercer; for Karen O, it’s a brilliant reminder of just how essential she is. As odd music couples go, this one makes more sense with every listen
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  18. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    Danger Mouse and Karen O really have something good here. It’d be a shame if this is their only collaboration as their project’s simple-named ampersand suggests
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  19. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Karen O and Danger Mouse have concocted a lush vivid world on their dreamy and poignant collaboration
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  20. 7.0 |   The 405

    A streamlined and consistent concept with a cinematic touch running throughout, the album isn’t likely to be one of the best of the year, but it is a success all around and sits amongst the pair’s best work
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  21. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    As gorgeous as it all is, it's the banger "Woman" that steals the show
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  22. 7.0 |   Clash

    The innate desire of musical exploration of both artists is clear for all to see on ‘Lux Prima’; a complex but ultimately rewarding listen
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  23. 7.0 |   The Music

    A delightful swirl of refined pop confection to be savoured
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  24. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Orzolek really channels soul-pop sass and Burton brings the funk on some punchier tracks, like the gentle disco of Turn the Light or the minxish roll of Leopard’s Tongue
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  25. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Most fun when it plays up to the contours of Karen O's idiosyncratic voice. Print edition only

  26. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    While it is endearing to hear Karen O working with a more patient form of songwriting, the raw energy and emotion of her best work isn’t present on Lux Prima
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  27. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A little focus would have provided a sharper image
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  28. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The whole album casts a lingering spell
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  29. 4.0 |   Crack

    Translating as ‘Luxury First’, the album’s title is appropriate in describing its prioritisation of style over substance. And style can’t save this one
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