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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
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Critic Reviews (35)

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

60% 19 hours 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% 19 hours ago

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

1 day ago


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

80% 1 day ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

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

60% 1 day ago

Soundblab Soundblab

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

60% 1 day ago

Dork Dork

Lux Prima is a perfect jewel of an album.

2 days ago

The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper

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

2 days 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 days ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

A balanced collaboration that brings out the best from both.

2 days ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

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

80% 2 days 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 days ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

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

2 days 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 days ago

Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly (TOP)

This is two artists using anger constructively.

80% 2 days 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 days 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.”

3 days ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

Her weaknesses in songwriting become impossible to ignore.

40% 3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days ago


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

3 days ago

A lush, gorgeous art project that rocks.

88% 3 days 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% 3 days 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% 3 days ago

AllMusic AllMusic

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

83% 3 days 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% 3 days ago

‘Lux Prima’ is a hypnotic listen.

80% 3 days 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% 3 days 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% 3 days 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% 3 days ago

Exclaim Exclaim

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

80% 3 days 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% 3 days ago

Uncut Uncut

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

80% 3 days 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% 3 days ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

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

80% 3 days ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit
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