Lux - Brian Eno
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Nov 13, 2012
    83
    Lux winds up being a haunting embodiment of one of Eno's greatest paradoxes: music made for specific times and places that captures nothing, evokes nowhere, and is porous enough for nearly any emotion to sift through.
  2. Jan 4, 2013
    80
    With LUX, Eno continues to show off the theatricality of subtlety. [No. 94, p.54]
  3. Dec 31, 2012
    80
    With its relaxing, wordless waves of pastoral hums and harmonies, LUX rightfully earns its place amongst such classic works by one of the great masters of sonic exploration.
  4. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    Lux works on a pragmatic and egalitarian level as more or less the ideal ambient record. [Dec 2012, p.66]
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    80
    The record accomplishes what Eno has proposed is ambient music's main purpose: to heighten one's sense of their surroundings while allowing their own narrative to fill the music with meaning and context.
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    There is great reward in actually focusing on what "happens" in this quiet landscape, because Lux betrays the implication of vastness and musical adventure just underneath its dulcet tones and restrained palettes.
  7. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    It is also a daunting record--when is an hour and a quarter of ambience not?--but a thoroughly rewarding one.
  8. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    Lux is a surprisingly rich experience that's difficult to fault. It's not the most startling record Eno's ever made, but it probably is his most successful ambient work.
  9. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    It is killingly beautiful and doesn't do any more than it sets out to do, which is, in a sense, very little.
  10. 80
    The detail of individual tracks is almost irrelevant, as the album drifts from sunrise strings to rise-and-fall synths to piano notes as delicate as foals taking their first steps. But it creates an undeniably compelling whole.
  11. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    On one end, it sounds like a straightforward film score. In another instance, it's perfect headphone music for self-study or personal contemplation.
  12. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    It turns any living room into an art installation where interesting things may or may not happen, and its lack of direction and specificity is in its own way brave.
  13. 80
    Whereas most 75-minute albums of short songs swiftly pall, Lux never bores because it's never making foreground demands on your attention.
  14. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    Brian Eno is an experienced and mature producer at this stage of his career and that is evident in every note of this record. Though the instruments are few, the placement of their sounds seems very deliberate.
  15. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    It is an engaging antidote to all the frantic maximalism that the future keeps springing.
  16. Best to sit back and bask in the confident warmth of a job well done.
  17. Nov 13, 2012
    75
    As one becomes passively invested hearing LUX for more than an hour, the recording settles deeply like the cerebral equivalent of a heartbeat, and while this may not initially seem a work built to directly engage, its subtleties can be arresting.
  18. Nov 20, 2012
    74
    Sure, it's beautiful on its own, but without any visuals (that is unless you create your own), LUX meanders while the listener potentially zones in and out.
  19. Dec 18, 2012
    70
    It's an acquired taste, but is undeniably calming with its softly vibrating, reverb-rich piano and synth improvisations, enhanced by exotic Moog guitar from Leo Abrahams and treated violin-viola textures from Neil Catchpole.
  20. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    In short, Lux is exactly what one might expect from Eno in ambient mode, here manifesting with a blip of chaos in an opaque sea, like a drop of ink muddling a solution of milk.
  21. Nov 13, 2012
    70
    Lux is immersive, intriguing, delicate and evasive, like many an ambient record. And, inescapably, it doesn't resonate as much as Eno's groundbreaking works in the genre.
  22. Nov 13, 2012
    70
    The whole thing is pretty, if a bit mild, suggesting not quite another green world, but something ideal for--as its cover art suggests--watching autumnal leaves turn.
  23. Nov 13, 2012
    70
    Lux might not be breaking new ground, but given the beauty and resonance inherent in Eno's music when he sticks with what he does well--namely, gorgeous, slow moving ambience with plenty of breathing space and emotional impact--revisiting familiar turf is just fine.
  24. Nov 13, 2012
    70
    Lux could be thought of as another reminder that music doesn't always need to engage the entirety of the brain, functioning as a welcome excuse for half-occupied reflection, a friendly companion for quiet evenings and Sunday afternoons.
  25. 70
    LUX holds up to close listening and background work alike, providing material for deep thinking just as well as the scene in which a character thinks deeply.
  26. Nov 14, 2012
    66
    The music is nice enough, beautiful in parts, and will set a perfect mood for those who can slow down long enough to take it all in.
  27. Jan 8, 2013
    60
    Lux is OK, while it's on. But that's all. And that's a shame. [Jan 2013, p.64]
  28. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    Although it's his longest, it's arguably his least ambitious. [Dec 2012, p.84]
  29. Nov 13, 2012
    60
    It's so seamlessly soothing that it's a struggle to distinguish one segment from the next.
  30. Nov 26, 2012
    40
    Lux sounds a lot like the kinds of slowly evolving patterns you can generate with those apps, but they come across as disappointingly ordinary when divorced from that participatory element.
  31. It's often barely there, notably the final minutes of "Lux 4". This is musical homeopathy.

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