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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the indie folk band The Lumineers features production from David Baron and Simone Felice.
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  • Record Label: Dualtone Music
  • Genre(s): Country, Folk, Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Country-Folk
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 14, 2022
    80
    The easy melodic hooks that drew fans to the Lumineers in the first place remain, but the combination of stronger material and looser performances make for a strong fourth outing.
  2. Jan 14, 2022
    80
    The tension and ambiguity implicit in downbeat songs with upbeat choruses lies at the heart of an album that may not easily yield its secrets but will keep you singing as you try to work them out.
  3. Rolling Stone
    Jan 14, 2022
    60
    Won't surprise anyone, but its upbeat feel and finely wrought prettiness will satisfy Luministas for sure. [Jan 2022, p.71]
  4. Jan 18, 2022
    60
    BRIGHTSIDE is no different: belt out vibrant and occasionally resonant anthems that are easy to grasp even if somewhat oversimplified. The nuance is altogether lost, though, like most of their discography, it'll win you over with its scrappy, can-do charm.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jan 19, 2022
    9
    The film-making of this album is amazing. It gets me emotional and it makes me feel some experience that I've never had before.
  2. Feb 9, 2022
    8
    At once more intimate and stripped back yet more electrified and bombastic than The Lumineers have ever sounded before, "Brightside" more thanAt once more intimate and stripped back yet more electrified and bombastic than The Lumineers have ever sounded before, "Brightside" more than delivers musically on the joyful effervescence that might be expected from its title both in its quieter and livelier moments, which is often plenty sufficient to forgive the record for feeling a bit anemic lyrically by comparison.

    Choice Cuts: "Brightside," "AM Radio," "Birthday," "Big Shot"
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  3. Apr 26, 2022
    7
    A nice album, but i liked their first and second album way better, i believe they need to go back to that music style, its not bad at all,A nice album, but i liked their first and second album way better, i believe they need to go back to that music style, its not bad at all, just not the best The Lumineers can do.. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2022
    6
    A decent LP from The Lumineers. I thoroughly enjoyed a decent portion of this project and found most of the songs good. Despite the somewhatA decent LP from The Lumineers. I thoroughly enjoyed a decent portion of this project and found most of the songs good. Despite the somewhat bland lyricism and semi-boring sound and production throughout the album, I did like the adventurous and unique approach in regards to their previous albums. I wish this was more lively and fun, considering the livelier parts are rare and they aren't as good as they can be. It can certainly improve and they have the talent to do better, but I will take this record for what it is. A new style and a fun album to listen to for a relaxing evening from The Lumineers. Expand
  5. Mar 16, 2022
    2
    This new sound isn’t what made the Lumineers become who they are today. Wesley Shultz tries way too hard with his vocals and they’re trying aThis new sound isn’t what made the Lumineers become who they are today. Wesley Shultz tries way too hard with his vocals and they’re trying a new style that doesn’t fit their skills and sound. The Lumineers have been my favorite band for almost a decade and this is a huge let down. I hope they can return to their previous sound and make songs similar to stubborn love, slow it down, big parade, and sleep on the floor. Expand