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The album begins with its best foot forward: "Let's Go" (the album's lead single) feels like it would have been the perfect party anthem (thought a few months too late I suppose). It's upbeat, catchy, and energetic. Unfortunately, the album goes a bit downhill from there: it's not that the rest of LIGHTNING is bad, but it never quite reaches the heights of its opening track. The pulsating bass and whispy synth of "Tonight" make it an enjoyable track that you won't help but nod your head/tap your foot to. The duo slow things down considerably for the closing track, "10 Dollars I Found." It's a nice change of pace for the album, but it falls short of being as compelling or moving as anything else represented here.
I don't think LIGHTNING reaches the same creative heights of GRAND or SIDEWALKS, but it should please fans who have been hungry for more Matt and Kim. If you're looking for a good autumn album to unwind with this season, LIGHTNING won't be what you're looking for. However, if you're looking for an album that is fun, energetic, and bouncy, give Matt and Kim a try. Similar artists/bands: Passion Pit, Two-Door Cinema Club, and MGMT. Essential tracks to sample/download: "Let's Go," "Now," and "Tonight."
The whole CD/album (except for the last track) sounds like music I want for a house party if some of the people want to dance and some people want to chill.
I can't wait to see them later this month.
I was concerned after Sidewalks that Matt and Kim might have been running out of steam, but with Lightning we see that that's clearly not the case.
"Lightning" (10 tracks; 31 min.) starts off with a relatively mild/restrained "Let's Go". But after that, the energy level is turned up to 11, with "Now" zipping by as it builds towards a monster sing-along chorus. "It's Alright" is a festive tune, with great drum work from Kim. The first half of the album concludes with an infectious "Overexposed". The second half kicks off with the 4+ min. "I Said", by far the longest song on here, with again heavy drums carrying the tune. "Tonight" is another song that shines in its simpler sound (as compared to the band's previous "Grand" album). The album concludes with a flurry of very short songs, the best one of which is "Much Too Late". In all, this is a FUN album, a bit short at only half an hour, but very enjoyable. (Please note that just last month, a remix album called "Lightning Remixes" was released.)
I saw Matt and Kim last weekend at the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City (the Mexican equivalent of Coachella), where the duo brought an outstanding 40 min. set that dripped (literally) with energy. Matt and Kim played a number of songs from this album (including Overexposed, Let's Go, It's Alright, and Now), and live it sounded even more fun and inviting. If you have a chance to see Matt and Kim live, do not miss them, you will not be disappointed!
Lightning sure doesn't disappoint, and may be my favorite album yet.
Catchy, happy and fun, their music is evolving and has a more polished feel to it. Songs like "I Wonder" And "Now" are dripping with Indie Swagger. Put these on, turn the volume and the bass up, and let the pre-gaming begin.
Songs like "Let's Go" And "Overexposed" show their ability to mix the big party-sound with a more serious tone. Don't take these off your pre-game 'let's get pumped up before we go out' list either.
"Tonight" / "I Said" / "It's Alright" / "Much Too Late" sound like they should be on their 2009 album Grand, and serve to remind us all why we started listening to them in the first place. Catchy repeatable hooks, and a gritty do-it-yourself vibe combine to create something unique and fun.
If you don't currently listen to Matt & Kim, what are you waiting for!? And if you do but don't have this album yet, it's a must-add to your collection!
Looking forward to seeing them live in a couple weeks :)
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A great album from my favorite band. If you ever have a chance to see them live, Go!!! Best live show, so much energy.Published 6 months ago by Sean Dze
Just an amazing album. I have never heard of them before, until I saw this album on Amazon prime music. From the first listen to its alright I fell in love with it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris94
This is a great NYC band that has a lot of fun energy and reminds me of the DIY art scene in New York - living in Brooklyn. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Paul Shepherd
I like this band. The music is kinda ska with a keyboard, but not annoying. And it is happy. When you here it you just want to smile and dance (well I do at least). Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Swan
so upbeat and full of life. Previous albums the songs starting sounding the same but this album, I loved each song and it didn't sound repetative!Published on June 25, 2013 by JennersC
I bought this as a gift for my daughter's birthday. She has listened to it every day since it arrived. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by MyrtleBrwn