Lights
Siberia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
October 4th, 2011 | 473 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lights progresses nicely.

Lights’ first full album, 2009’s The Listening saw her being compared to Owl City and other solo electronic acts. While that album was generally well received, there were still questions of whether she would evolve from the cotton candy electro-pop present on her debut album. With her 2011 release, entitled Siberia, Lights throws some grit and muscle into her electronic sounds, and manages to retain the elements that made The Listening a tasteful record.

Lead single “Toes” starts off with a bubbly synth reminiscent of “Savior”, but further along there is just enough of a gritty underbelly of tones in order to nicely show the new direction Lights has taken. Her vocals still hold all the air and melody that were present on The Listening, and the bouncy pop sounds are still present, but each song sees a layer of dirt being poured on. Whether it’s the distorted bass line of “Siberia”, the bass wobble of “Fourth Dimension”, or the noise of nine-minute album closer “Day One”.

Siberia shows a new side of Lights’ musical journey. There’s still the child-like melodies and innocence, but there’s growth there. It’s less “Pretend” and more real. Whether this is good or bad is up to each listener’s preference, but for Lights’ musical career this is a step in the right direction. Although Siberia is a nice move forward, there are still flaws that hurt the album. Some of her electronic work can be annoying, particularly the glitchy synth line in “Banner” which feels off-time; the guest vocals also tend to degrade the songs they are present in, instead of adding another dimension to the music. Siberia also suffers from relative repetition, as songs tend to feel similar in their structure and tone, but this is to be expected from a growing artist.

Lights is as popular as ever, and Siberia will likely increase her renown, as the production is bigger, and the music catchier. Although it suffers from a few setbacks, Siberia shows Lights progressing from what she showed on The Listening, and is in itself a very solid album worth picking up.



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WhiteWallStargazers
October 4th 2011


2647 Comments


It's a nice step from her first (real) album.

Rev
October 4th 2011


9422 Comments


So excited to hear this :D

Blind
October 4th 2011


426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"..nice move forward, there is still flaws that.."
should be are

also imo "plague" is thrown around too casually; everyone and their mother uses it and i don't think any album being given an excellent rating should be described as "plagued" by anything. i'd use a much less harsh synonym

pizzamachine
October 4th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm so on this.

Blind
October 4th 2011


426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh and yeah this is def better than the listening. cactus in the valley and flux and flow are sweet

MrGlass
October 4th 2011


326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Flux and Flow is the best song she's ever recorded.

cvlts
October 4th 2011


8955 Comments


nice album cover.


gonna go fap.

Blind
October 4th 2011


426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

she needs to do more flux and actually SING more GIT LOUD GIRL YEAH

acad
October 4th 2011


151 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album is DEFINITELY not as good as the listening but has a few winners

BassDemon333
October 4th 2011


3377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is so great. I love Where the Fence Is Low.

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bloc
October 4th 2011


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good stuff. Her previous album was terrible.

Toes all the way for me.

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Rev
October 4th 2011


9422 Comments


I liked the WHOMP in Fourth Dimension

WhiteWallStargazers
October 4th 2011


2647 Comments


Thanks Blind, changes noted

ShadowRemains
October 4th 2011


20700 Comments


still tap

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Rev
October 4th 2011


9422 Comments


Ice is still her best song

DinoX
October 4th 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the listening a lot more but maybe this needs time to grow

someguest
October 5th 2011


20527 Comments


too bad she's flat

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011


21932 Comments


Is it just me or does she look slightly like balcaen.
and they're both canadian.
I think I'm onto something here

Tyrael
October 5th 2011


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Is it just me or does she look slightly like balcaen.

I'm not seeing it...

Also, F YES

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TooLateToGoBack
October 5th 2011


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review.

Really digging the album. I never cared for her, but instantly fell in love this year after listening to "Everybody Breaks a Glass".

Title track is my current favorite.

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