• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jun 20, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The word "Hypnotic"'s overused, but the band's spatial know-how and rigorously muted flourishes are more than deserving of the accolade. It's well-deep, blossoming ambiance.
  2. Brightblack Morning Light is a chambered catacomb of meticulous design, a long-player so calm and unassuming that genre modifiers flock to its veneer, are swallowed into its depths, and murdered.
  3. You will have to surrender yourself completely to this record, for left as background music it will waft pleasantly around your head and out your window.
  4. 80
    A hazy treat. [Oct 2006, p.103]
  5. 80
    A fantastic hybrid of Spacemen 3 and Deep South voodoo. [Oct 2006, p.99]
  6. Brightblack Morning Light is an album that knows no restraint, and its palpable excess are the perfect fit for its first-light sensations.
  7. Brightblack Morning Light never makes any definitive statement, or achieves any kind of catharsis.
  8. 70
    Thankfully, Brightblack's mellow mysticism never comes at the expense of a frisky groove. [Jul 2006, p.97]
  9. Thankfully, the music that accompanies their lyrical flights of fancy and ever so stoned imagery soothes the chafing caused by such unabashed and often lurid flower power ranting.
  10. Most of the material is as impressive in sound as it is atmosphere.
  11. It's not bad, it's just not as profound as Shineywater and Hughes would like everyone to believe it is.
  12. Keyboards, sparse guitar, and percussion along with gentle murmuring vocals move at a supremely slow pace making the tracks blend together so that most of them are indistinguishable from one another. [#14]
  13. The 10 drone-y songs on Brightblack Morning Light sound more like a soundtrack than a traditional album. [Aug 2006, p.206]
  14. They peddle freeform sleepy jazz with hypnotic percussion you'll either want to lie in front of for hours or run from screaming.
  15. The unashamedly wilful reductionism of Brightblack Morning Light will either engross or alienate listeners, depending wholly on instinctive preferences.
  16. Think Spiritualized with a Native American obsession. [Dec 2006, p.133]
  17. 20
    Sounds like the Band in a coma. [Jul 2006, p.82]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. KevinM
    Sep 16, 2006
    Groovy, the whole album melds together to create a very mellow mood. If mellow ain't your thing don't listen to this.
  2. MattR.
    Sep 7, 2006
    This album is a pleasant, mellow listen. Great on headphones.
  3. toddw
    Jul 8, 2006
    This album is pure mellow, stony, grooviness. Throw it on and unwind. Perfect for late, hot summer nights, before the birds start chirping This album is pure mellow, stony, grooviness. Throw it on and unwind. Perfect for late, hot summer nights, before the birds start chirping but after everyone's gone to bed. Can you dig it? Yes, you can. Full Review »