Lights
Lights


2.5
average

Review

by Ethereal Space Yogurt USER (204 Reviews)
April 6th, 2009 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sexiest tattooed world of warcraft playing girl from Canada. Lights create insanely catchy synth pop for those who like to rock. Warning: Leave your spiked shin guards, black t-shirts, and long hair back at the Hot Topic.

The mad scientist of brosylvania has returned to the music reviewing fold on April 6th 2009, the first full day of the baseball season, to deliver the goods to the underfed and boorish masses of sputnikmusic. This week I’m clocking in with a bright new artist from Canada named Valerie Poxleitner who operates under the pseudonym Lights. This good looking gal has doing quite well for herself in a relatively short span of three years. She’s already snatched up a few zazzy awards and produced three hit singles in her homeland not to mention having her songs used in television commercials. And to think this is all before she even released a debut full length record. She has however released a self titled six track E.P back in 2008. And this is where the magical, zazzy, and danceable dream pop journey begins.

Valerie Poxleitner falls under that pretty common yet rich and diverse female singer/ song-writer category in the vein of Vanessa Carlton, Taylor Swift, and Charlotte Sometimes albeit with a youthful and more delicate touch. She sings, plays the guitar, keyboards, and the keytar which is totally awesome. Reading an introspective on her, she named Bjork as one of her chief influences which is pretty cool in my books. Although nothing to do vocally, I might hear some imitative synthesizer beats reminiscent to Bjork but much more upbeat and dance club oriented. This EP is purely pop driven by infectious sing-a-long choruses and a drum machine swirling together with keyboards and simplistic yet effective guitar melodies. The songwriting approach is pretty standard compared to the rest of the ilk but Lights make up for the lack of unoriginality with positive lyrics, catchy beats and a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Vocally, her pipes aren’t necessarily the greatest because there are a few awkward moments where her voice tends to crack. Her high register can also be a bit much too handle at times, but her spunky personality and energetic delivery really kick up a storm. Kind of like the opening day Florida Marlins who are raking fastballs one after the other into the bleachers.

Ironically enough, the strongest songs on the album are the three hit singles Ice, Drive My Soul, and February Air which play out in 1-2-3 order. The second half of the EP seems to lack the same enthusiasm and upbeat charisma that the first possesses. The aspect that I find most attractive about Lights is the general atmosphere you can feel from her music. You can envision obnoxiously loud colors, spaceships, and futuristic get-ups when you take this out for a spin. The three music videos and her myspace layout do nothing but reinforce those elements. Overall, Lights has released a nifty little number in this self-titled ep that fans of female songwriters should adore. The catchiness, the hooks, and the choruses are all there so unless you’re one of those prog wanking Opeth/ Dream Theatre pile of sticks, this should be cranked to 7 immediately.



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Acre
April 6th 2009


847 Comments


I heard a couple songs from this and thought it was mad boring.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 6th 2009


7926 Comments


You spelled Canada wrong.

Knott-
Emeritus
April 6th 2009


10198 Comments


can't find this and i want it.

BallsToTheWall
April 6th 2009


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Where?

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SnackaryBinx
April 6th 2009


2309 Comments


summary

Willie
Moderator
April 6th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

doh! There's also a big gap between the first and second paragraph... other than that it's not bad. I'll check it out.

This Message Edited On 04.06.09

YouAreMySilence
April 6th 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Idk I think Drive My Soul is the shiz, lyrics and all.
Febuary Air is pretty awesome too.

She is soooo hot.

BallsToTheWall
April 6th 2009


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed.

MrGlass
April 6th 2009


326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This girl rules. Great feel-good music and she's awesomely hot.

I call dibs on her btw

BallsToTheWall
April 6th 2009


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm suprised by these back to back 4s. And the bright colors andspaceship[s really add to her sound.This Message Edited On 04.08.09

MrGlass
April 6th 2009


326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah her aesthetic fits her sound perfectly.

This used to be a 3 but it grew to a 4 over the last few months. what's not to like? hell, me and my little sis both rock out to it

AlexTM510
April 6th 2009


1403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review...pretty simple to the point.

I kinda feel like you should have discussed the songs a bit more. Then again idk how much you can developed into them. So again good

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NOTINTHEFACE
April 7th 2009


1653 Comments


You're a real sucker for gimmicks, eh Balls?

rasputin
April 7th 2009


14550 Comments


The mad scientist of brosylvania has returned to the music reviewing fold on April 6th 2009, the first full day of the baseball season, to deliver the goods to the underfed and boorish masses of sputnikmusic.

ugh

Waior
April 7th 2009


11460 Comments


Sounds sugary and unsafe. I'll probably check it out anyways.

BallsToTheWall
April 7th 2009


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yah, that first part is kind of lame, especially since I had most of this written for over a week. Now I see some akwardness there. And yeah, i love gimmicks.

KILL
April 7th 2009


71962 Comments


where all the other comments go

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Willie
Moderator
April 8th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Whoa, this is just about too poppy for me. It's just so sugary (thanks Waior for the perfect description), but after the first track she settles down a little bit and all is well. Nice find. There's a version of this floating around with four bonus tracks that are worth tracking down.

BallsToTheWall
April 8th 2009


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tbh, I thought the sugary effect was kinda obvious from the descriptions but alas, I didn't really talk much about it.

What where? I'll go check that out. This chick is real skinny, like Starving Marvin. It's a bit off-putting but catchy music nonetheless.

Willie
Moderator
April 8th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

You did explain it, but the extent the first song goes is still kind of a surprise.

Check your last.fm inbox.



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