Bright and Vivid - Kathryn Calder
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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
    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.
  3. Oct 27, 2011
    80
    Bright And Vivid takes enough elements from both Calder's debut, Are You My Mother?, and her work as part of the New Pornographers to retain its very Calder-ness, while still evolving into a robust folk-pop record.
  4. 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.
  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
    70
    Sweetly ambitious math-rock, put across with folky tunefulness and a girlish effervescence.
  8. 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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