Updated: Apr 2, 2019
My Metacritic score: 10 out of 10. A+
I can’t say I ever expected to see news that Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman, Karen O and genius musician/producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) were conspiring on an album together, but when I did I was thrilled beyond belief. What they promised in their press-release for “Lux Prima” (released March 15th on BMG) was an album crafted around a journey rather than a destination. They delivered a bulls-eye in the best tradition of journeys. From the epic opening title-track, which cruises-in from the depths of space over nine-minutes, and morphs thru three movements to Karen O’s defiant Motown girl-power throw down, “Woman,” this album is full of welcomed twists & turns.
My standout track, “Turn The Light,” finds Karen O in gorgeous-voice singing over a disco-infused vibe... Her lyrical hook is infectious: “Starry starry night, this is how I wanna live. Gonna lay me down in love, I got so much more to give.”
Old surf, Motown, and Western undertones evoke much of Danger Mouse’s earlier work (especially with Daniele Luppi on the “Rome” album,) but there is always something familiar, yet completely original that defines everything that Danger Mouse puts his hands on. “Leopard’s Tongue” is another shining example of that.
There are scant few moments when we find someone who is not only a gifted musician & songwriter in their own right, but also a brilliant producer with the ability to draw the best out of an artist. Danger Mouse, though is in my upper echelon of those incredible individuals along with Brian Eno. This collaboration of Karen O and Danger Mouse throws down a very high bar for anyone else to surpass in 2019! Splendidly original! -Kristen