Sep 30th, 2009
LIGHTS‘ full length album ‘The Listening’ is finally out this week- and it’s a sparkling collection of electro-pop songs that will fly off silent motioning mouths of young girls everywhere. Despite the extra cheese of her unique brand of dance/pop- the lyrics are dazzling. Exploring the anxious and defeated plight of the adolescence, she offers not only her condolences but a chance for airy hope that makes joy something within the reach of a pop song.
The track ‘Face Up’ assures that “the way you feel is something everybody goes through” and insecurity pounds through the synth of ‘The Listening’, claiming, ‘I never really ever know what to say’- surely not evident in the stellar album’s worth of knowing just exactly what to say. The track entitled ‘Pretend (Reprise)’ is an eerie ballad that whispers, ‘I’m losing my innocence’ over bouncing piano keys. They song mourns lost youth, reminiscing about water guns, checked attitudes, playing pretend and starting over again. It’s a child’s plea for something greater, a life with greater meaning- and all the whimsy and freedom of childhood years. A plea that seems rather premature for this petite poet citing no more than twenty years to her name. A wisdom hides behind her gleaming smile and well-adorned painted fingernails. Already thoroughly examined, the song Saviour alludes to a spiritual awakening, the track ‘River’ wonders, ‘I wish I could discover something that doesn’t expire’ while everything exists only as a transitory place- the seasons, the tired people- change is the only promise for her.
I’m so impressed with LIGHTS, and if you could peel passed the anime version of this tiny girl, and even the ocassional overuse of auto tune, you’ll emerge with a newfound appreciation for the girl whose powerful prose suggests a giant leap from telling you to, ‘straighten up your tie’ because she ‘don’t need your mess’.
LIGHTS- Pretend (Reprise)
LIGHTS – The Listening
LIGHTS- Face Up