Lights
Siberia Acoustic


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
May 8th, 2013 | 36 replies | 4,998 views


Release Date: 04/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lights demonstrates the versatility of her music.

In great contrast to the sweeping sonics and frostbitten synths of Siberia, the acoustic companion-piece to Lights’ sophomore album arrives nearly two years after that album’s release, and shows just how capable her brand of frigid electronica is of taking on new and radically different forms. Atmospherically, these acoustic versions of Siberia’s songs are still as cold and vast as the icy tundra, but the revision of the once electronic-dominated production through the leading acoustic guitars, somber grand piano, and dashes of subtle string arrangements makes Siberia Acoustic much more bleak and numb than the original album. Not only that, the exchanging of Siberia’s dancey new wave pulse for a placid pace also creates the barest music from Lights to date, that in turn fully brings into light the most emotionally vulnerable side of Lights’ personality for the first time. This album is also an important step in Lights’ artistic growth, as the dusky mood set throughout this session is the polar opposite of the cheery and dreamy bubblegum emo pop of her debut album The Listening, and marks a massive progression in maturity while continually pushing the boundaries of her music style's usual creative limitations. While most acoustic albums prove to be forgettable and throwaway renditions of infinity superior songs, Lights has shown the proper way to go unplugged and remain just as interesting with Siberia Acoustic. These aren’t just mere stripped down variants of indie electro pop anthems, these acoustic versions retain the shell of the originals, but flood them with all new emotions and characteristics that thematically give Siberia’s songs a unique and distinct essence that makes them worth listening to for the sake of hearing them portrayed in completely different character at the very least.



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breakingthefragile
May 8th 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really should have been a soundoff, but I was pretty impressed at how many cold temperature puns I was able to make in only one paragraph, so I decided to share.

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Butkuiss
May 8th 2013



4104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Siberia jammed so hard so I'll want to hear this.

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SingingInTheRain
May 8th 2013



65 Comments


Lights is fantastic and I want to check this out

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2013



3333 Comments


Good review, I liked Siberia well enough so I might get this


FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2013



9033 Comments


This review is 6 sentences

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2013



3333 Comments


^lol

breakingthefragile
May 8th 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Needs to be trimmed down slightly, I agree.

stepsascending
May 10th 2013



42 Comments


I could never get into her music when it was electronic. But then I heard her play acoustic and I loved it. I love that she made this because for some reason I can't get into her music any other way.

brainmelter23
July 3rd 2013



26 Comments


I like it this way much better

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Butkuiss
August 12th 2013



4104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love how goddamn numb and distant some of the tracks on here feel.

Tyrael
October 12th 2013



20719 Comments


soooo good

pizzamachine
October 12th 2013



12571 Comments


yup great stuff

Green Baron
October 12th 2013



17727 Comments


i know someone who wants to fuck her

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Tyrael
October 12th 2013



20719 Comments


I'd marry her for her voice and cuteness alone

pizzamachine
October 12th 2013



12571 Comments


IF YOU ARE A CLIFFHANGER ENDING

Chesse
October 23rd 2013



529 Comments


I need thisssssss

Dunpeal
October 23rd 2013



3590 Comments


I know someone who would suck a fart out of her ass

Butkuiss
October 23rd 2013



4104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is it you?

Dunpeal
October 23rd 2013



3590 Comments


obviously not

slidenslip
October 23rd 2013



1016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tfw



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