• Record Label: OM
  • Release Date: Mar 2, 2010
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    If you are a serious Groove Armada fan you will love it or hate it, I doubt there will be an in between. If you are just a music lover who is really digging the way electro and indie sounds have come into their own in the last few years than this is definitely for you.
  2. No, it doesn't push the genre forward; in fact, it probably pushes it back, but Black Light impeccably delivers on everything you could possibly want from the 14-year-old band.
  3. Black Light is, as it implies, a dark record. It's also a brilliant, shinning beacon of electro-pop sophistication, but it's a dark, dark record all the same.
  4. Uncut
    80
    Though their frothy, soulless hits have rarely displayed originality or purpose, Groove Armada's sixth is a revelation. [Mar 2010, p.86]
  5. Q Magazine
    80
    Their best and most cohesive album since 1999's "Vertigo." [Mar 2010, p.111]
  6. The album is pure Groove Armada pop at the end, but the decision to be slightly less saccharine means that it's not nearly as disposable as some previous outings.
  7. The quietly brilliant set translates the dance-rock explosion through the lenses of two guys who have lived the dance scene from the beginning.
  8. Black Light, their sixth album, finds them enlarging their repertoire to relax into wider influences. In the absence of a frontman they are aging well.
  9. Even if it is dubiously fashionable, it’s impossible to deny that Black Light is Groove Armada’s tightest, most unified and filler-free album since "Vertigo."
  10. Under The Radar
    70
    File between The Human League and The Psychedelic Furs. [Winter 2010, p.73]
  11. It's certainly nothing unfriendly, and none of it would sound out of place on the duo's traditional weekend slot at Lovebox.
  12. There's a clear focus to the record, too, virtually all of it centered on mainstream dance of the '80s hi-NRG synth pop variety.
  13. If anything, on the likes of ‘Warsaw’ and ‘Cards To Your Heart’, it gets too dark, but there’s enough funk in their trunk to ensure that the coffee table crowd won’t be too terrified.
  14. Mojo
    60
    They've never been subtle, but they're still highly effective. [Mar 2010, p.93]
  15. Album highlight Paper Romance's pulsating, danceable track makes up for the tedious rock-bottom rock-out Look Me In The Eye Sister.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jun 6, 2011
    8
    A fresh, rich and varied offering. Paper Romance and History are definite hits which will keep the masses happy for a long time to come. DigA fresh, rich and varied offering. Paper Romance and History are definite hits which will keep the masses happy for a long time to come. Dig deeper, and check the album out from start to finish (a few times) and you'll quickly see a creative holistic showcase that I never knew was there. Great Job, kudos to all involved and hopefully more to follow. Full Review »