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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release since 2018's C'est La Vie from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Matthew Houck as Phosphorescent was recorded over six months.
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  1. Uncut
    Apr 8, 2024
    Lyrically and vocally, Houck is as witty and insightful as the come, with that cacked voice making everything sound sacred or profound. [Mar 2024, p.33]
  2. Apr 8, 2024
    What might be a bleak set of songs about fragile ecosystems and unsustainable lives is saved from desperation by the warmth of the instrumentation – strings, synths, piano – and the watchful humanity of the lyrics. [May 2024, p.84]
  3. Apr 8, 2024
    Revelator is a careful but honest album, a lingering, languorous sojourn that offers strange solace even as its world falls apart.
  4. Apr 8, 2024
    At times, Houck’s revelations can get lost into an aimless fog of luscious sounds created by these music industry veterans—especially evident on “Fences,” where Phosphorescent’s meditations on a relationship in decay get obscured by a samesy blur of pedal steel and organ. .... But the upside of Revelator’s polished and highly cohesive sound is that even relatively minor switch-ups can prove thrilling by comparison.
  5. Apr 8, 2024
    Phosphorescent’s Revelator is less melodically charged than Muchacho and C’est La Vie (or even parts of Here’s to Taking It Easy). Also, Houck’s vocals sometimes flounder in woozy, loungey, soft-pillow mixes. That said, Revelator is a transitional album for Houck, as he turns his attention more unwaveringly to interior dynamics, less preoccupied with the vagaries of the external world.
  6. Apr 17, 2024
    Maybe it's less intimate and personal than his past releases, but Revelator sure goes down easy when it's most needed.