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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Los Angeles-based indie band led by Ben Schneider (who also produced the album) was mixed by Dave Fridmann.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. Apr 20, 2018
    80
    Writing on bass guitar has given the music a more powerful chassis, from Killers-like throb to subtle funk. Any remaining acoustic guitars have been blasted beyond recognition.
  2. 80
    While the folk-essence lies below and often comes through in its truest form, the developments are clear and passionately welcomed all across Vide Noir. Where a band like Mumford & Sons abandoned ship from their beginnings to a mixed result, it sounds like Lord Huron have managed to evolve forward incorporating electric elements in a major way without forfeiting any kind of integrity.
  3. Apr 20, 2018
    70
    Vide Noir is easily the band's most musically striking release to date. How much of that is on Fridmann (who mixed the album) is hard to tell, but he's clearly an influence.
  4. Apr 25, 2018
    70
    Even when the concept stumbles, parts of Vide Noir are pretty enjoyable listening anyway, like the flecks of psychedelic guitar across the title track and the filigree detail and sensual current of “Moonbeam.”
  5. May 8, 2018
    70
    Vide Noir lacks the pop-fueled-pining-for-love heard in previous singles such "Fool For Love" from the critically acclaimed 2015 album Strange Trails. But that's ok! The experimental divergence demonstrates the band's musical versatility and creative strengths.
  6. 60
    The comparatively featureless pessimism on the rest of the album makes for an oppressive and often dull listen. It’s a shame, because underneath it all, Lord Huron are making lusher and more varied sounds than ever.
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    Apr 20, 2018
    60
    Vide Noir unspools with cinematic seamlessness, as quicksilver psychedelic buffers bridge its 12 tracks, which shift between folk, country and heartland rock. [Jun 2018, p.30]

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  1. May 3, 2018
    9
    Like much of LH's music, this album continues to grow with every listen. The 50s starry-eyed shtick and early 60s psyche rock nuances workLike much of LH's music, this album continues to grow with every listen. The 50s starry-eyed shtick and early 60s psyche rock nuances work well with the often over-the-top romanticized and dramatic lyrics. Once you understand the stage routine, you can then sit back and immerse yourself into an arena of sound that is both at once retro and modern. Despite the new sounds, make no mistake that LH is still in there, with many motifs and riffs used in previous work. A thoroughly enjoyable yet underappreciated listen. Expand
  2. Apr 21, 2018
    8
    Lord Huron seems to have dropped this fresh gem out of the blue. Vide Noir is a welcoming follow up to the significantly lackluster StrangeLord Huron seems to have dropped this fresh gem out of the blue. Vide Noir is a welcoming follow up to the significantly lackluster Strange Trails, although not as vibrant or catchy as their debut. This one is a more melancholy take, in significant contrast to their two previous albums' theme of returning home to a love or a sacred place, and focuses more on leaving it all behind and waiting for that love to follow. The chorus on Ancient Names, is wonderfully catchy and energetic:
    "I gotta get away from here, I gotta get away from her."

    The songwriting on this album is particularly dark and holds a mood of bitter existentialism at its core. Vide Noir is a title that encapsulates the album perfectly, and the particular track is one of the most standout songs on the album with it's groovy bassline that reminds me a bit of the
    Afghan Whigs and their funk influenced riffs. They break away from the folkiness quite a bit on this album, one of the opening tracks has a distinct garage-rock vibe that I found insanely enjoyable. Lord Huron, as a band, stands out in the sense that they know exactly what they're going for, and on Vide Noir they show off their skill and style with amazing precision.

    Everything about Vide Noir is such a significant step up from Strange Trails, and I can say with confidence that this is one of the best indie bands out there currently.
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  3. Apr 23, 2018
    8
    Atmospheric, hauntingly beautiful album perfect for sitting and watching the trees blow. The album builds organically, and I sense a closenessAtmospheric, hauntingly beautiful album perfect for sitting and watching the trees blow. The album builds organically, and I sense a closeness to nature in its theme. Emerald Star, to me, is the album's standout track, and on my play list repeat for the past week or so. I think just as strong as their first album, with darker undertones. Expand