Lights
The Listening


4.0
excellent

Review

by toyour USER (5 Reviews)
October 18th, 2009 | 89 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


I've been counting down the days until The Listening came out since the release date was first announced. Of course I've been excited, after first seeing the Drive My Soul music video on Much one afternoon last December I was first drawn in by the lyrics, and of course Light's beauty and her resemblance to Ashlee Simpson, ( has any one else noticed this besides me?). I've been hooked ever since.

So today I got up earlier than I had to for school to get my hands on this record. I put it on my Ipod and popped in my earphones for the long day. First track is Saviour, one which is familiar and I already love. It's an uplifting song about wanting to break free. Inspiring if you ask me.

Second track comes on, and I have Drive My Soul bubbling in my ears, is it just me or does this sound freshly produced? It has a better quality sound to me, I like being able to hear every instrument clearly.

Third track is River, this song seems to me to be the most mainstream kind of pop artist song. I still like it though, it's catchy.

Now I've got the intro to Ice starting and it seems to have better production as well. I can hear her whisper "ice, ice, ice" in the beginning, and I can hear beautiful harmonies throughout the song. I'm impressed.

The Listening intro begins, this song to me is reminiscent of the Spice Girls and the chorus stays in my head well after the song is over.

Now we have Pretend, I'll say straight up that I like the remix with the piano better, you can hear Lights' vocals more sincerely and the piano mixes things up from the synth beats all of the time. Synths = good. Piano = better for a change. This song is about looking back on one's childhood and missing it. It's good, I'd compare it to Evanescence's I-miss-my-childhood-song 'Field of Innocence' and I'd go so far as to say Lights does it better because it sounds not immature but oh you know, innocent.

Second Go is on, it's a poppy upbeat song that will either have you dancing or if you're like me and too cool for that, bobbing your head.

The Last Thing on Your Mind starts up, I like this song but it's never been a favorite. Better production, better quality. It's still good, it's still Lights. (:

February Air, another gem. Oh how I love thee. Repetitively sincere: check. Earnest vocals: check. Subtle snthys making your heart bubble with joy and love at the same time: check.

Now we have my favorite new track from Lights, Face Up. It's an inspirational song about although it gets hard and you may not want to go on, just keep your face up and keep on trying and you'll make it through. "How can you concentrate on things that don't make you feel right?/I just want to feel alright." And at those ending of the verse lyrics, you can hear an actual snare drum come in. It reminds me of Automatic Loveletter's 'Hush'.

Lions! is playing. It took me a few listens to take this song in, but it's good, it has that fantasy feel that makes you play with your imagination and reminds you of how anything is possible, you can fly is you just make believe.

Now Quiet comes on, first thought is nice beat. It's a soft song and it's good, I like it.

Now the bonus track, Up Up and Away. It's lullaby like to begin, and I hear Lights sing of falling out of orbit, doesn't surprise me. "We are rockets in the sky/ we are planets passing by." Very Lights like, it makes you feel like you get some insight to her heart and her love of space.

Overall, for Lights debut I'd give is 4/5 it's excellent and she displays so much promise. I hope she explodes.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
CelestialDust
October 18th 2009


3160 Comments


good job

cirq
October 18th 2009


9350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2 reasons im not gonna read this:

0 of 3 thought this review was well written


and

4.0 excellent


Prophet178
October 18th 2009


6397 Comments


What's with doing smily faces backwards now? They piss me off to begin with, now everyone does them
backwards which makes it even worse.

cirq
October 18th 2009


9350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

people make smiley faces backwards to make them think that their cool.. just like when people do =] and shit

Prophet178
October 18th 2009


6397 Comments


It might be cool if you're dyslexic and read the wrong way.

CelestialDust
October 18th 2009


3160 Comments


blahhhhhhhhhhh

Willie
Moderator
October 18th 2009


17995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

This isn't a bad first review, you'll just have to excuse the amount of douche bags this site has attracted lately.

Digging: Hypno5e - A Distant (Dark) Source

CelestialDust
October 18th 2009


3160 Comments


hah

cirq
October 18th 2009


9350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

williefisterbutt hahahahahahahahahahaha you have the best name ever

BallsToTheWall
October 18th 2009


49821 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed with Willie. Some of the worst people on the planet inhabit sputnikmusic.

Digging: Great Master - Skull and Bones

dylantheairplane
October 18th 2009


2181 Comments


Oh my there is a smiley face in a review....

cirq
October 18th 2009


9350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope she explodes. (:


she makes me explode

CelestialDust
October 18th 2009


3160 Comments


ehh i didn't neg it but i don't like his writing style

BallsToTheWall
October 18th 2009


49821 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its a first review and nobody (including me) gave the dude/chick any positive reinforcement for the future.

Prophet178
October 18th 2009


6397 Comments


Pro-Tip: Don't ever use backwards smilies (or any variation for that matter) in your review.

CelestialDust
October 18th 2009


3160 Comments


yeah you're right, i'd start with making paragraphs next time and having some main points, but what do i know i have yet to write a review

dylantheairplane
October 18th 2009


2181 Comments


Positive reinforcement: Its not that bad of a review, you know the music fairly well, but you type it like its an email to a friend, fix that and I would probably pos.

not going to neg though

cirq
October 18th 2009


9350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck, okay so i skimmed over it and honestly, its not bad. its cute actually, but it sounds like a little girl writing to her friend.

so do what everyone else is saying and NO smiley faces and this will be good

Willie
Moderator
October 18th 2009


17995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

fuck, okay so i skimmed over it and honestly, its not bad. its cute actually, but it sounds like a little girl writing to her friend.
Well, I just looked into it and it appears that she is, in fact, a 14 year old girl so that would make sense.

dylantheairplane
October 18th 2009


2181 Comments


makes sense.
I was almost positive this person had to be younger than 15. Not that thats bad or anything, usually the younger peoples have to work extra hard to have credibility on this site.



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