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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for David Longstreth project features guest appearanmces from Dear Nora, Empress Of, Haim, Amber Mark, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, Rostam, and Syd of The Internet.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
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  1. Jul 9, 2018
    100
    While this album could be characterised as a return to 'normality' for Dirty Projectors, such a label has no bearing on a group this relentlessly imaginative; a creative rebirth would be more accurate.
  2. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    While HAIM, Amber Mark, Syd (of the Internet), Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes) and Empress Of all contribute their talents to these songs, this is very much David Longstreth's music, and it's heartfelt, passionate, and beguiling in the tradition of Dirty Projectors' best work.
  3. Mojo
    Jul 9, 2018
    80
    Longstreth still doesn't make it easy on the listener with his frenetic arrangements. But, this time around, the sense of plainly expressed emotions is strong. [Aug 2018, p.91]
  4. Jul 31, 2018
    80
    Everything feels so much more alive, everything so much more stark; Longstreth seems to have emerged from a year-long slumber, and there is no more sleeping in sight.
  5. 75
    If Dirty Projectors was the band’s long winter, the sonic equivalent of holding space within which their frontman could probe and process, Lamp Lit Prose is the resultant progress, a gratifying spring bloom bearing the sweeter-than-expected fruits of Longstreth’s labor.
  6. Jul 13, 2018
    70
    A summer record full of love, guitars, and a far happier outlook than anyone would have expected from Longstreth a year on from the utter devastation of his last release.
  7. Jul 13, 2018
    50
    For Lamp Lit Prose, Longstreth melds both strategies in a flood of ideas and magnificent vocal arrangements. The results are by turns dazzling and exhausting. Partly it’s is an issue of balance.

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  1. Sep 10, 2018
    10
    Imbued with more joy than it's predecessor, this project is quite the about-face. Songs are complex, catchy and designed for multiple plays.Imbued with more joy than it's predecessor, this project is quite the about-face. Songs are complex, catchy and designed for multiple plays. It's a recommend from me, with one caveat, David's vocals may not be for everyone. Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2018
    8
    A return to the more warm and flowery sounds of Bitte Orca, David delivers on the weird pop sensibilities only he can pull off this well in aA return to the more warm and flowery sounds of Bitte Orca, David delivers on the weird pop sensibilities only he can pull off this well in a band like Dirty Projectors. All the sudden spurts of instruments exploding back and forth through both sides of the stereo make for such a dynamic musical statement and the vocals/backing vocals work incredibly to bring all the melodies together. Definitely going to annoy all my friends into listening to it. Expand