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It'll Be Better

Francis & the LightsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 20, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cantora
  • ASIN: B003G7DSEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It'll Be Better
2. In A Limousine
3. For Days
4. Knees To The Floor
5. Darling, It's Alright
6. Going Out
7. Tap The Phone
8. Get In The Car

Editorial Reviews

Led by mastermind Francis Farewell Starlite, Francis and the Lights have drawn inspiration from the godfathers of funk such as Prince and James Brown, as well as their disciples such as Jamie Lidell and Chromeo, to create something new, vital and undeniable their own.

The current live incarnation of the band includes two drummers playing in conjunction with sequenced percussion. On November 3, 2008, the band was incorporated as Francis and the Lights, LLC., and accepted an investment from The Normative Music Company, who also issued their 2nd record.

Cantora Records released a new EP from the band, LIME/WYN, in 2008. Francis and the Lights has also recorded a cover of Kanye West's 'Can't Tell Me Nothing' for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November of that same year. The band has performed as the opening act for MGMT, and was signed on as opening support for Drake's college tour in 2010.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for Time Travelers July 2, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
I stumbled onto this entirely by coincidence because of an article about this album being the first ever to be released as an embeddable HTML5 widget. Sometimes the internet is full of happy coincidences. What I found was an album that's so new and fresh, yet could easily have been recorded in 1985 and no one would have thought it was out of place. I'm not entirely convinced that Francis didn't actually time travel from the 80's to 2006 to capitalize on the cyclical nature of music appreciation.

Frontman Francis Farewell Starlite conjures essences of 80's greats Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Prince in his music and vocal stylings, and in the video for `Darling, It's Alright,' even manages to conjure up some Rick Astley with his random and awesome dance at the end.

I highly recommend this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Earworm August 5, 2010
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This music streams into your brain and and will NOT leave! All of the influences (Prince,etc.) are duly noted but ultimetaly transformed into something new and unique. "Tap The Phone" will not leave your head, I promise. Thank goodness for music this fresh! This is the first music I have bought solely as a download and it is all interesting. Leaving aside anything prior to this CD is OK though because "It'll Be Better" is perfect in and of itself. What at treat!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More consistent and polished April 28, 2010
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Francis and the Lights have released some singles and EPs that showed real potential for the band, but this is more of a finished product. It's a fuller, more polished production and has more consistent songwriting. Most of the songs are as good or better than anything else I've heard from them. The band has been on the road away from NY a lot lately, and it seems like they are really maturing into a top class act. This is their best recording so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and songwriting June 14, 2010
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Great mix of music, songwriting, and production. Nice surprise from a new (to me) artist. Unique singing voice with different roots, influences, themes and passions: clearly Francis and the band enjoy their art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album this Year December 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I have no idea why Francis and the Lights has not completely blown up yet, this album and everything else he's put out is amazing. There's so much variety in the way the songs are constructed but all are catchy- beautiful melodies matched with well written and interesting lyrics. Although catchy, none of the songs are so simple that they wear out fast. Most open up more over time and get better. His sound is really different that a lot of what's being put out right now although he's got a little bit of late 80's early 90's throwback thing goin' on, the songs all sound really different but are cohesive enough for sure that you'll want to listen to the album all the way through. Sometimes I feel like he's channeling the Police or Hal & Oates but still a very unique sound and just really, really excellent song writing.
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