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Karen O - Lux Prima (2019) Published: March 15/19 Released: March 15/19 albumAlternative9 Tracks • 40 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: Lux feels refreshing in the freedom and desire to explore new territory, resulting in a win for both. -The Line of Best Fit
    Lux Prima is the second studio album by Karen O, released by Lux Prima from BMG on March 15, 2019.
    1. Lux Prima9:02Karen O & Danger Mouse
    2. Ministry5:06Karen O & Danger Mouse
    3. Turn the Light3:19Karen O & Danger Mouse
    4. Woman2:54Karen O & Danger Mouse
    5. Redeemer3:49Karen O & Danger Mouse
    6. Drown3:26Karen O & Danger Mouse
    7. Leopard's Tongue3:13Karen O & Danger Mouse
    8. Reveries3:44Karen O & Danger Mouse
    9. Nox Lumina6:09Karen O & Danger Mouse
℗ 2018 Lux Prima, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Critic Reviews (51)

She could do so much more with music that challenges rather than flatters her.

1 month ago

City Pages City Pages

The luscious Lux Prima seems to echo down from a past era.

80% 1 month ago

The Scotsman The Scotsman

A lush, verdant soundscape, full of nothing.

1 month ago

mxdwn mxdwn

This album is an artistic masterpiece.

90% 1 month ago


The title track of their debut album Lux Prima conjures visions of entering an MGM feature at the Astor.

75% 2 months ago

Beat Magazine Beat Magazine

A collaboration fortified by starkly contrasting personas.

80% 2 months ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

With their respective left-field credentials, the duo could have delivered something that pushed the envelope just a little further, but settling for the hippest dinner party record of the year is OK too.

2 months ago

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

While the sound of Lux Prima feels unexpected based off these artists’ distinct histories, Karen O and Danger Mouse have unlocked a new creative force within each other.

80% 2 months ago

Much of the album sounds like it’s compiled from obscure 70s films that Tarantino would raid.

80% 2 months ago

The album isn’t likely to be one of the best of the year, but it is a success all around and sits amongst the pair’s best work.

70% 2 months ago

The 405 The 405

[A] perfect pairing.

2 months ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

This isn’t the best record that either of these mercurial artists have made, but it’s undoubtedly the finest collaboration you’ll hear this year.

90% 2 months ago

Lux Prima proves to be a likable record that is enjoyable on first listen despite its few minor flaws.

80% 2 months ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

Lux Prima doesn't explode with the excitement of YYY's finest moments like Fever To Tell, but O lulls you into the journey through subtly.

70% 2 months ago

Newcastle Herald (AU) Newcastle Herald (AU)

A letdown for two artists this good.

2 months ago

Vulture Vulture

Burton’s trademark retro touches are here — dreamy disco, ghostly synths and a crackly soulfulness.

80% 2 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

Fortunately, Orzolek really channels soul-pop sass and Burton brings the funk on some punchier tracks.

60% 2 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

Karen O and Danger Mouse have dreamt up a vividly imagined world, and it’s a pleasure to get lost in it.

73% 2 months ago

Lux Prima does not disappoint, with the intrigue ignited during the album’s opening track held throughout the record.

2 months ago


All in all, pretty lovely. If only it had come out in 2006.

80% 2 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

Like the space dust that was its inspiration, it comes off just a little too dry.

60% 2 months ago

Soundblab Soundblab

Both being as undeniably talented as they are, it’s hard to avoid a feeling of disappointment.

60% 2 months ago

Dork Dork

Lux Prima is a perfect jewel of an album.

2 months ago

The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper

Most of the album is more cinematic and psychedelic than “Woman”.

2 months ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

What we have here is an album crafted by two high-profile artists that manages to live up to the names involved.

84% 2 months ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

A balanced collaboration that brings out the best from both.

2 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

The end result is an album that feels storied, complex and, crucially, intentional.

80% 2 months ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet

Ultimately, she’s like no one else on Earth, and while that inimitability might be toned down here, that doesn’t make it any less special.

70% 2 months ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

The final product triumphantly blends two high art musicians working at full capacity.

2 months ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

While the finished result is a remarkable achievement, the creation of the project is as much at the heart of the album as the notes and words themselves.

2 months ago

Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly (TOP)

This is two artists using anger constructively.

80% 2 months ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

It may have been years in the making (and waiting) but ‘Lux Prima’s coalescing of two of music’s creative sparks is most definitely worth the wait.

90% 2 months ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

An album of sprawling, soulful, cinematic psych rock filled with astral bass lines, gauzy strings and Karen O-isms like “You’re not coming for me/I’m coming for you.”

2 months ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

Her weaknesses in songwriting become impossible to ignore.

40% 2 months ago

Crack Magazine Crack Magazine

“Lux Prima” is a gloriously wide-screen album, sweeping and epic, with a lush, multi-layered sound that, after the epic nine-minute opening track, ranges into lite funk of “Turn the Light,” the Spector-punk snarl of “Woman” and the cush thud of “Leopard’s Tongue,” which features just bass, drums and vocals on the verses before blossoming into Panavision on the choruses.

2 months ago

She’s still burning intensely on Lux Prima. She’s just proving that this sustained luminance is as lovely as the bright flashes of her past.

2 months ago


Two things bigger than themselves, in both their lyrics and music: outer space and the vastness of their combined musical influences.

2 months ago

A lush, gorgeous art project that rocks.

88% 2 months ago

Newsday Newsday

While it is endearing to hear Karen O working with a more patient form of songwriting, the raw energy and emotion of her best work isn’t here.

60% 2 months ago

The Skinny The Skinny

Lux Prima is the sophisticated, sonically adventurous album Karen O deserves to make at this point in her career.

80% 2 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

Lux Prima is a beautiful little album: Ambitious, dreamy, and short enough to leave you wanting more.

83% 2 months ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Lounge-pop numbers reminiscent of Air or early Goldfrapp aren’t quite as arresting, but the whole album casts a lingering spell.

60% 2 months ago

‘Lux Prima’ is a hypnotic listen.

80% 2 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

Lux Prima is an accomplished record--proof that two wildly different minds can work seamlessly together.

80% 2 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

The innate desire of musical exploration of both artists is clear for all to see on ‘Lux Prima’; a complex but ultimately rewarding listen.

70% 2 months ago

Clash Music Clash Music

Lux Prima certainly isn't Karen O's most urgent or explosive work, but it all sounds exceptionally lovely.

70% 2 months ago

Exclaim Exclaim

A bold redrawing of creative frontiers, Lux Prima is a gamble that pays off, handsomely. [Apr 2019, p.88]

80% 2 months ago

Mojo Mojo

The album is most fun when it plays up to the contours of Karen O's idiosyncratic voice. [Apr 2019, p.32]

60% 2 months ago

Uncut Uncut

An expertly fashioned LP from a duo who know how to add style to substance. [May 2019, p.115]

80% 2 months ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

Everything across ‘Lux Prima’ feels completely right; familiar yet new, revealing more of two beloved figures without losing what made them great all these years.

100% 2 months ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

Lux feels refreshing in the freedom and desire to explore new territory, resulting in a win for both.

80% 2 months ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit
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