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Lights - Little Machines

Andy Ritchie
Andy Ritchie 16 September 2014 at 14.42

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Canada's most treasured pop queen returns with album number three. But how does it measure up to 'Siberia' or 'The Listening'?

In the three years since Canadian synth-pop queen Lights released second album ‘Siberia’, her whole life has changed (see: marriage, motherhood). As a result, ‘Little Machines’ is a far more uplifting affair that its predecessor, trading in the expansive, unsettling soundcapes of her previous effort for the straight-up pop sensibility of ‘Running With The Boys’, ‘Same Sea’ and the pounding, major-key electro beats of ‘Muscle Memory’. There’s less experimentation with harder, rockier elements this time around, but ‘Little Machines’ shows her songcraft is constantly improving and her identity evolving. And as long as that continues, we’ll be listening.

This review originally appears in issue 192 of Rock Sound. You can download it digitally, order a copy to your door or pick it up in UK stores now!

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