Review Summary: Lights demonstrates once again why she is one of the most sensational, yet underrated voices in pop
Upon release of this record, and the first single Giants, there was a lot of mixed thoughts on it with a large portion saying it is too overblown and overproduced. I understand this criticism, although i have to disagree with it, the song was quite a good lead off single for the album, the slow mellow verses paired with the explosive chorus forms an excellent blend that you cant help but dance, at least a little to. Also i'm not American, but i'm pretty sure it tackles a topic that is very relevant at the moment no? i digress.
The single showed off the vibe of what the whole album will more or less have to offer, and I for one love how this album sounds, and i think it is one of the best pop albums of the year. However the album is not without its faults, for instance, the first half of the record is kind of underwhelming compared to the second half, apposed to a couple exceptions such as Skydiving, Savage, New Fears.
Skydiving is a great way to start off the record, super fun, catchy melody. Although i do say that the first is the weaker half, Lights still shows off her incredible vocal ability on every track. I think Until the Light is probably the worst track on the album, just because of the fact that it is kind of forgettable and the lyrics have a little to be desired.
Where i think the album starts to really find its stride is on the track We Were Here and onward to the final track Almost Had Me. It goes on quite the winning streak, and reminds me a lot of her previous records in this way. The best of the bunch to me are Kicks, Moonshine and Magnetic Field, although all of the songs in this string are fantastic pop.
Kicks and Moonshine are just banger certified, once again fun and infectious jams, Magnetic Field however is the slowest track on the album, and my personal favorite track on the album, possible because its the track that sounds most like Little Machine. This song features one of her best vocal performances to date, the songs production is simply fantastic, and the lyrics are phenomenal, her sensational high notes never fail to give chills down my spine. I think the Interlude was a good way to separate the anthem that is Moonshine, and this very slow jam.
Every time i listen to this album, i have a blast, but also feel bad that this album doesn't get the recognition it deserves, because it is a highlight pop album of 2017. I love how she changes up her image on every record more or less, with the red hair and the comic that works in tandem with this record, (despite not having read it) it keeps every new release pretty fresh, and an event of sorts. Although the album narrowly misses the mark of the fantastic electronic pop album that was Little Machines, give it a listen, it is worth your time.