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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for Ryan Lott's solo-project-turned-trio that now includes Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang is its first on the City Slang label.
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  • Record Label: City Slang
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 9, 2018
    83
    Brighter Wounds poses more questions than answers--but that uncertainty only makes the record more absorbing.
  2. Mojo
    Feb 8, 2018
    80
    The arrival of his first child and Trumpism, shadowed by a friend's death, have filled Brighter Wounds with heightened bliss and anxiety. [Mar 2018, p.94]
  3. Feb 13, 2018
    80
    If appreciation of the familiar done well is comforting, appreciation for the unfamiliar done well is bracing. Music like this opens windows and doors, letting in the fresh airs of possibility of what can come from whipping the backside of imagination and watching it run free.
  4. Feb 8, 2018
    70
    Though refreshingly bold at key moments, Brighter Wounds still doesn’t challenge itself enough to be considered a radical and departure from its predecessors.
  5. Feb 12, 2018
    70
    An album that's grimly effective at conjuring unease.
  6. Feb 12, 2018
    70
    Where Brighter Wounds works best is when the band shows an element of restraint.
  7. Feb 8, 2018
    60
    Son Lux haven’t quite lost it to trying, but the album does feel like it’s being pulled in two different directions--one far more interesting than the other.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Mar 15, 2018
    10
    Great album - totally personal, with godlike sound and even better lyrics. For me - it's the best of Son Lux, equally good as "Lanterns" -Great album - totally personal, with godlike sound and even better lyrics. For me - it's the best of Son Lux, equally good as "Lanterns" - sometimes I would say it's even better, maybe not as catchy, but I think in here it's more about the experience. The only flaw is that "Young" is to short. Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2018
    9
    The "Brighter Wounds" is a record that claims the title of the most extraordinary release of the beginning of 2018.