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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: 19 out of 23
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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
    A decidedly more organic record; buoyant and witty, and notably shy of meandering eight-minute odysseys.
  3. 80
    It’s a marvellous return to form for an act that possesses such unbridled creative energy. We’re glad they’ve been put to joyous use this time round.
  4. Jul 12, 2018
    76
    Daring, interesting, and never simple, kudos must be given for thinking outside of the box. Though not always successful, Lamp Lit Prose is rarely dull, turning corners and switching gears when you least expect it--even within the same song.
  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 20, 2018
    70
    If Dirty Projectors are no longer indie A-listers with the expectation of having each album provide shapeshifting genius, the upside is Lamp Lit Prose sounds like something Longstreth wanted to make rather than had to.
  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. 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