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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo release for the former Beta Band frontman was recorded with producer Stephen Street's live band.
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  1. Jan 16, 2019
    90
    Mason is going from strength to strength, and new album Above the Light is quite possibly the most grandiose thing he has released to date.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jan 15, 2019
    80
    It's the quality of the songwriting that really shines through here: every song is top drawer in melodic terms. [Feb 2019, p.115]
  3. Jan 15, 2019
    80
    About the Light is a muscular, vibrant, even vivacious collection of songs that will thrill and challenge listeners in equal measure.
  4. Mojo
    Jan 15, 2019
    80
    While there are hints at the bleak vibrations that defined his previous solo work, the John Squire-ish groove of The End and beatific title track stand out as stunning comebacks from this folk euphoria original. [Feb 2019, p.90]
  5. Jan 18, 2019
    80
    The only downside to the album is that it is so easy to listen to, we are carried almost unaware to The End, the final track in a collection of well-thought-out and well-curated tunes.
  6. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    Whether it be the sunny jangle of No Exit or the pop sensibilities of the likes of Stars Around Your Heart or Walking Away From Love, there’s enough here to demonstrate that this is Mason’s finest record of his solo career to date.
  7. Jan 17, 2019
    68
    As a portrait of happiness, About the Light strikes its deepest chords when Mason acknowledges the long road he took to find it.

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