Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Feb 9, 2021
    90
    The album is full of bright, poppy hooks as well as interesting, brainy sounds that make for a thrilling and engrossing listen.
  2. Feb 16, 2021
    80
    While the songs on Glowing in the Dark might be less immediate than those on 2018’s Marble Skies (particularly that record’s thrilling title track), the hooks are still there – they just take a few more listens to sink in.
  3. 80
    An ambitious reach for new heights.
  4. Feb 11, 2021
    80
    The band’s latest effort doesn’t fully shrug off the creeping sense of familiarity, but for the first time marks a real step forward. Glowing In the Dark’s most successful moments are those that stray the farthest from the band’s blueprint of sun-washed guitars and cascading vocal harmonies.
  5. Feb 11, 2021
    80
    While ‘Glowing In The Dark’ isn’t their strongest album to date is it their most accomplished. The wonky fun of their debut has been replaced with slick productions and the songs just sound amazing for it.
  6. Feb 11, 2021
    80
    Whether the group’s sound prevails or begins to show its limitations remains to be seen, but when the songwriting and appetite for invention remains this strong, Django Django certainly have a lot more to give.
  7. 80
    ‘Glowing In The Dark’ travels through endless landscapes, erratically veering from sun-drenched psych-pop (‘Right The Wrongs’) to video-game instrumental weirdness (‘The Ark’) and acoustic bliss (‘The World Will Turn’). Vitally, though, its feet never touch the ground, and the illusion is never broken.
  8. Mojo
    Feb 9, 2021
    80
    All in all, with its pervading doubts and joyful release, Glowing In The Dark is very much for these times. [Mar 2021, p.86]
  9. Uncut
    Feb 9, 2021
    80
    While Django Django have spent much of the last decade assembling art-pop collages from eclectic grab-bags of styles, this fourth studio set seems to pull off the trick more seamlessly than ever. [Mar 2021, p.29]
  10. Feb 9, 2021
    80
    Django Django’s style is well-worn by now, and a little more stylistic or structural invention wouldn’t go amiss, but Glowing In The Dark still delivers the goods with ease.
  11. Feb 16, 2021
    72
    Like a bottle of aforementioned white wine, it needs to develop within the container of people’s memory before it can fully blossom into the role of moody summer album that it aspires to be. The nuances are definitely already there.
  12. Feb 16, 2021
    71
    Glowing in the Dark homes in on the group’s most memorable set of songs to date—and it sounds like a little extra time curating has helped them loosen up and have fun, too.
  13. Feb 11, 2021
    70
    As a whole Glowing in the Dark is a mostly solid, well-built album with enough standouts to keep it fresh without venturing too far out of the band's wheelhouse.
  14. 60
    While there are moments of significant note here, Glowing In The Dark as a whole doesn’t feel, or more importantly sound, like the album that will finally solidify the band in delivering what is their true potential.

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