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Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 15, 2012
    90
    Almost overwhelming in places, and certainly distinct, Light Asylum is, quite simply, a brilliant album from musicians who deserve immense respect.
  2. 80
    This is a thrilling joy ride of an album.
  3. Jun 8, 2012
    80
    With frantic whip-crack beats, chirruping synths and a booming 'no messing' baritone, the NYC duo's anti-authority anthems rage against the hypocrisy.
  4. May 3, 2012
    80
    It's not for the faint of heart, but anyone partial to heavy, brooding, uncompromising music will likely be gladly carried away by it.
  5. May 3, 2012
    75
    Light Asylum is the product of two very talented purists whose focus on a particularly stylish bygone era has actually surpassed its roots to sound unexpectedly modern.
  6. May 3, 2012
    70
    Light Asylum has made a stellar debut album, but it's clear this singer's full potential hasn't yet been tapped.
  7. May 3, 2012
    61
    Part of what makes listening to Light Asylum so frustrating is a nagging want to see her talent mobilized to the fullest, to roll up your sleeves and try to make a Light Asylum in your own image.
  8. Aug 3, 2012
    60
    Despite its imperfections, Light Asylum is a must-listen for those interested in synth-pop or the Brooklyn scene in general, and Light Asylum are a band worth keeping on the radar.
  9. Jul 11, 2012
    60
    Funchess' extraordinary voice will get much attention, but this is the full package.
  10. Jun 11, 2012
    60
    There is a willful lack of originality on the album in so much as at times it has such a faithful synth-pop sound that you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a 1980s reissue.
  11. 60
    Light Asylum is intimidating, but the band's goth pop comes with an undeniable groove that's still easy to enjoy.
  12. May 3, 2012
    60
    Light Asylum works best if approached as a work of fantastic campness; after all, this would explain the whip-cracking sound effects on IPC.
  13. Jun 15, 2012
    50
    It's clear that this band has focused too much on referencing and too little on songwriting.
  14. Oct 12, 2012
    40
    An experiment in performance art that'll put you in touch with your inner Brian Sewell. [Jul 2012, p.105]

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