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  • Summary: The second solo album for the New Pornographer singer/keyboardist was produced by Colin Stewart.
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  1. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Bright and Vivid gives little of itself immediately, but unfolds to a much larger extent over time.
  2. Oct 27, 2011
    80
    A firm step forward on all fronts, Bright and Vivid is a thoroughly engaging listen and establishes Calder as a creative force and pop craftsperson every bit as worthy as her big-deal bandmates.
  3. Oct 27, 2011
    80
    On the lovely Bright and Vivid, a more accomplished sequel to last year's Are You My Mother?, she masters the art of hiding in plain sight, concealing a sweetly sad voice in soft clouds of pretty noise.
  4. Oct 27, 2011
    70
    Sweetly ambitious math-rock, put across with folky tunefulness and a girlish effervescence.
  5. Nov 3, 2011
    70
    Calder has a way of keeping her listener guessing--sure, it helps that we weren't expecting much, but that only makes it more delightful. [Oct 2011, p.97]
  6. Nov 2, 2011
    70
    Bright and Vivid feels like the work of an artist eager to grow and mature; I just wish she'd be okay with where she is right now too.
  7. Oct 27, 2011
    60
    Bright and Vivid is a solid follow-up, one that delivers the same catchy songwriting as Calder's debut while simultaneously opening her work up to a broader instrumental pallet.

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