Words by Paige Kochanski
In the last few years in music, a lot has changed. Genres mixed together, band break-ups, reformations and a plethora of anniversaries for iconic ten year albums. One thing that hasn’t changed is Canadian born artist Lights’ ability to take a break from music and let life happen, then come back with her best album yet.
‘Little Machines’ was released on September 19, 2014, through Warner Bros Records.
The album kicks off with “Portal,” four and a half minutes of a suspense-building, eerily beautiful ballad. It’s a bit of a departure from the rest of the album as a whole, but works as the opening track, as the difference in tone is excellent for an intro, rather than having it awkwardly placed in the middle or end, slowing down the momentum that she accumulates as the album progresses.
This merges into “Running With the Boys” and “Up We Go,” which, along with “Portal,” were released previously as the singles. These two dance-ready songs embody the album as a whole, a pop amplified album with plenty hints of Light’s signature electro-rock nature.
“Muscle Memory” is a particular high point in the middle, with an experimental chorus about the pain of being away from someone. It shows off Light’s vocal range and in this song in particular, it can be best compared to something out of Tegan and Sara’s “Heartthrob” album.
“Meteorites” is a fun, positive song about dreaming about something bigger than yourself. Lights is a artist that seems to have grown up with her fans, and it makes the lyrics so much more relevant to most fans situations. This is a perfect example of having wide eyes, wishing for the stars, and knowing it’s all possible.
The album ends with “Don’t Go Home Without Me,” a love letter in a song that leaves the listener with a feeling of warmth and happiness.
The three bonus tracks, “From All Sides,” “Lucky Ones,” and “Child,” all should be listened to as well, as part of the album. They could be some of the strongest lyrically, particularly “Child.” The lyrics relate to the feeling of being out of place in a world of responsibilities and expectations, and then realizing that everyone feels that way sometimes. It’ll hit home for a lot of listeners, not quite feeling ready to grow up into the “real world” yet.
The album sounds best listened to as a whole. Lights has mastered what few have; maturing without losing her signature. The best thing about ‘Little Machines’ is that it still sounds like Lights, but in a way that it fits with her now. The growth in her talents and taste is shown. There isn’t a song or word out of place, and could be one of the best albums of the year, so far. First time listeners- there is no better time to become a Lights fan than now. Don’t miss out on this one.
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