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  • Summary: This is the first album in four years for the folk band led by Dawn McCarthy.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Folk, Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Traditional Folk, American Underground, Acid Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 2, 2010
    91
    It might've been enough for Faun Fables to bear up McCarthy's commanding theatricality on this album. Instead, it has a surplus of ideas that only make Light feel more purposeful.
  2. Dec 2, 2010
    90
    Light of a Vaster Dark is ultimately the most integrated, seamlessly rendered aural illustration of McCarthy's unique vision that Faun Fables has released to date.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    It might be out of time, but it's worth tuning out modern life and falling in with its curious beat. [Jan 2011, p.140]
  4. Jan 19, 2011
    74
    This time, though, the band at her back gives that point hooks, rhythms, and textures instead, not just tangents. It's a welcome, if obvious, deviation for a band that's finally more than interesting.
  5. Dec 2, 2010
    70
    For all her grandiosity, though, McCarthy's meditations on domestic toil ("Housekeeper") and seasonal change ("Hibernation Tales") feel intimately heartfelt, while the wailing "O Mary" blends natural imagery and Christian allusions in stirring fashion.
  6. Dec 2, 2010
    60
    Lovely as it may be, Light of a Vaster Dark largely lacks the surprising, adventurous quality of Faun Fables's past efforts, coming off as monotone and unremarkable in comparison.
  7. Dec 23, 2010
    60
    Faun Fables do gothic folk with admirable vigour and this is incontrovertible force of nature. [Jan 2011, p.104]

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