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Light After Dark

Clare Maguire

Light After Dark

Debut album from the English singer-songwriter whose voice has been compared to Stevie Nicks and Annie Lennox

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  1. 8.0 |   Q

    What a voice. It's a rich, deep, anguished rumble, hewn from the very depths of her stomach. Print edition only

  2. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Sometimes attains a sweeping Stevie Nicks drama but often merely reaches Dido level
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  3. 6.0 |   The Fly

    A show-stopping debut
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  4. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Is clearly hoping to fill the void left while Florence Welch is resting - her sound is grandiose, ever-so-slightly Gothic and frequently overwrough
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  5. 6.0 |   State

    It’s hardly groundbreaking, it doesn’t live up to the hype; but Light After Dark provides some much needed positive vibes that will surely bring a little bit of light to your life
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  6. 6.0 |   Mojo

    If Kate Bush backed by MGMT appeals, Maguire's your woman. Print edition only

  7. 5.0 |   musicOMH

    Proves there is such a thing as too well produced; we await the album's tour, when Maguire may finally be able to put her own stamp on things
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  8. 5.0 |   The Observer

    The songs themselves – a box-checking collection of commercial belters – do her few favours
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  9. 4.0 |   BBC

    Assumes the record-buying public can be stimulated by something which communicates nothing other than a total lack of imagination
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  10. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Another startling talent whose every point of interest has been sandblasted off between being signed and getting her album out
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  11. 4.0 |   The Independent

    There's a stage intimacy about her delivery; and at full blast, she has the emotive subtlety of a foghorn
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  12. 4.0 |   Uncut

    Print edition only

  13. 3.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Sounds outmoded before you’ve finished listening to it
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  14. 3.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A voice like Maguire’s deserves infinitely better than the calculated dross on display here
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  15. 2.0 |   NME

    Perhaps Maguire can do better with the right collaborators. For now, though, she’s no better than one of Cowell’s ventriloquist dummies
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