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  • Summary: The third full-length release from Seattle singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas as Perfume Genius was co-produced with Adrian Utley and John Parish.
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Queen
Don't you know you're queen Yet even flower bloom at my feet Don't you know you're queen Cracked, peeling Riddled with disease Don't you know me No... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
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  1. Sep 25, 2014
    100
    Too Bright boasts harder-hitting lyrics, more sophisticated arrangements, and his best-fitting production yet. Its musical successes are obvious in their immediacy and variety.
  2. 91
    Despite its heightened complexity, Too Bright still fosters an intelligible world where Hadreas can bridge the distance between his vulnerability and self-assuredness.
  3. Sep 25, 2014
    90
    Glittered with transcendent brilliance, gilded shadows do not hide the empowered dramatic turn of Perfume Genius’s Too Bright.
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    The material more than matches the ambition on these 11 bewitching songs.
  5. Oct 30, 2014
    80
    As with many works that get tagged as major breaks from an artist’s established work, truthfully much of Too Bright still feels very much like the work of the Perfume Genius, and anyone looking for more of what they got from past albums will be very satisfied.
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    80
    Equally bold, vulnerable, concise, and expansive, Too Bright dazzles.
  7. Sep 22, 2014
    70
    Nothing here sounds revolutionary or even especially distinctive, but Hadreas has successfully conceived of a new context for his raw lyrical approach, opting for a jagged, complex collection of bedroom pop over another sparsely appointed set of torch songs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. Jan 12, 2015
    10
    Perfume is really a Genius and he show it in this album. So creative, unique and celestial. He can be what he wants around screams andPerfume is really a Genius and he show it in this album. So creative, unique and celestial. He can be what he wants around screams and whisperings, feelings and reactions. He's really the best male artist that released an album on 2014. Expand
  2. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    The best album of the year so far. Lyrically powerful and straightforward. Not for right wing limited minds but likely to be cherrished byThe best album of the year so far. Lyrically powerful and straightforward. Not for right wing limited minds but likely to be cherrished by anybody else. The piano from earlier works now supported with synth arrangements and Adrian Utley (Portishead!) help. No family is safe when I sashay... Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    I only recently discovered Perfume Genius when the video for "Queen" came out a few months ago, so I may be a little biased. However, afterI only recently discovered Perfume Genius when the video for "Queen" came out a few months ago, so I may be a little biased. However, after watching that masterpiece of a music video, I quickly purchased Learning and Put Your Back N 2 It and listened to them both on repeat for the next several weeks in anticipation of Too Bright's release. Those two albums, almost painfully beautiful in their simplicity and emotional resonance, are clearly more related to each other than either is to Too Bright, but I don't see that as a bad thing. In fact, some of the sonic leaps Perfume Genius takes on Too Bright are, well, genius. All the same emotions, pulsating and cathartic as they are, are still present, but on Too Bright, Perfume Genius raises the stakes by exploring and experimenting with sounds, textures, reverberations, and distortions that only lend to the overall emotional impact of his music. Mike Hadreas is a true artist in every possible sense of the word, and part of being an artist is pushing your boundaries and never remaining static. Too Bright is just another step in the evolution of Perfume Genius, and as his third nearly flawless album--and his most over-the-top in terms of production--it is a work that should cement his place in the annals of music-as-art history. Expand
  4. Sep 29, 2014
    9
    Perfume Genius' Sophomore release, 'Put Ur Back N 2 It ', was, for me, one of the best album's I'd heard the year it came out. Hadreas'sPerfume Genius' Sophomore release, 'Put Ur Back N 2 It ', was, for me, one of the best album's I'd heard the year it came out. Hadreas's vulnerable, pained voice was such a beautiful fit over the sparce, eerie piano chords found on the song here. This stripped back approach succeeded in that it let the true emotional weight of the songs - the lyrics - hit hard, right at the front of everything.

    On Too Bright, that hard hitting lyrical edge is still just as powerful, but it's backed with some equally emotionally impactful instrumentals, which are more varied, more unsettling, and better performed/produced/written than on anything Hadreas has done before. The lyrical themes deal mainly with being an outsider, or being opressed for who you are, or self hate and self deprication as well as body issues and darker aspects of the psyche. It's a beautiful listen from start to finish, and one of the boldest, hard hitting pop albums i've heard in a while. My only complaint is that it's a tad short at 33 mins, and i feel like some of the songs could be stretched out a bit more, but it's a brilliant record regardless. (And Queen and Grid are probably the best songs I've heard all year bar Carissa from Benji and Body and Blood from CLPPNG)
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  5. Oct 2, 2014
    9
    Too Bright, the new album from indie pop musician, Perfume Genius is an amazing experience from start to finish. The album combines terrificToo Bright, the new album from indie pop musician, Perfume Genius is an amazing experience from start to finish. The album combines terrific song writing with perfect melodies from the vocals, drums and synths along with the lyric’s brilliant storytelling; which take cue from 80’s new wave and pop bands like Depeche Mode and New Order. This is demonstrated in songs like “Queen”, “Grid”, ‘Fool” and “All Along”. Most of the song’s lyrics reflect on the tragic and personal landscape that the singer’s life that Mike Hadreas has gone through. This album is a perfect example of how artists like this evolve creativity and artistically. Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2015
    7
    While this album is an improvement over 2012's Put Your Back N 2 It, it doesn't exactly know what it wants. At some points, it seems likeWhile this album is an improvement over 2012's Put Your Back N 2 It, it doesn't exactly know what it wants. At some points, it seems like Perfume Genius is trying to have an electronic sound, but at others, he meanders along with slower that slow piano-driven tracks. Once again, PG has the right ideas, but he just can't recapture the powerful emotions of Learning. Everything just feels a little stale. There are standout tracks, but as a whole it still remains slightly lackluster. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2014
    6
    I don't really get it. I mean Perfume Genius have always shown restraint, which is unique in itself these days, and the space and emptiness ofI don't really get it. I mean Perfume Genius have always shown restraint, which is unique in itself these days, and the space and emptiness of this album is quite refreshing. But only really on the clsoing track is there anything to really grasp onto in terms of a melody, some soul and a drumbeat. It may be my favourite album after a few more plays but right now it comes across as very overrated. Expand

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