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Lightning

Matt and KimAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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For many bands, making music is all about the routine of recording an annual album, or being able to tour in progressively bigger venues. Not Matt and Kim. “Our goal is to make music we want to hear,” says Matt Johnson, who co-founded the band with Kim Schifino. “When it comes time to make a new album, I’m just so excited, since I know we have all these ideas and I just ... Read more in Amazon's Matt and Kim Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FADER Label
  • ASIN: B008U6Q9AG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 release, the fourth album from the New-York based indie duo. Features the single 'Let's Go'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By areaman
Format:Audio CD
There is a good mix of tracks that sound like they could belong on Sidewalks and Grand. Let's Go and Tonight are couple of tracks that sound like Matt and Kim are expanding their horizons on what their sound is.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music's Most Fun (Funnest?) Duo October 2, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
No one sounds more excited to be making music together than Matt and Kim. LIGHTNING feels a bit more scaled back than its predecessor SIDEWALKS - their previous album (released in 2010) was glossy and slickly produced, and their turn here feels a bit more lived-in. I don't want to call LIGHTNING a return-to-form, but it feels like the band is writing music for themselves here instead of trying to reach mass appeal.

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."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. December 19, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
The pop punk duo have changed a lot since their first self-titled LP. What first began as a pop-punk aimed LP soon evolved into different feels throughout the different albums they created. I appreciate that Matt and Kim were daring enough to try something new, Lightning is basically 100% pop and has no hint of a punk feel. My main complaint with this album is just how underwhelming it can be with tracks such as "Now" and "Overexposed" where Matt and Kim try to probe you with endless dubstep-like loud beam sounds, it doesn't hit as hard as they probably intended. I get it, yeah, this song is loud... So what? I miss feeling powerful like Grand made me feel. With all that being said, this band is very easy to listen to and incredibly fun. I don't mean to say that I didn't enjoy Lightning, it's just not very emotionally powerful like their self-titled LP or Grand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to their Roots October 4, 2012
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Matt and Kim have returned to the do-it-yourself sound they captured on Grand. Lightning is full of energy, raw, fun, and even raucous (I'm thinking of "Much Too Late"). The album makes me want to see them live, which fortunately is going to happen soon cuz they're on tour! All three singles released (so far) - "Let's Go" , "Now" and "Much Too Late" - are irresistably catchy, most so "Let's Go."

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Matt & Kim are the real FUN, and live even better October 21, 2013
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I recently saw Matt and Kim live again (more on that later). I've been a casual fan of theirs from their early days (I first saw them in concert in 2007 when they were touring is support of their debut album). This is the duo's fourth studio album.

"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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun energy August 22, 2013
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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. This really falls well in line with their previous two albums - same energy, infectious chorus and fun memories
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Several good songs
Published 6 days ago by Jean M Stradley
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Matt and Kim
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars can't go wrong with Matt and Kim
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 15 months ago by JennersC
5.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat & Happy Happy
I bought this as a gift for my daughter's birthday. She has listened to it every day since it arrived. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MyrtleBrwn
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Songs To Love
I rarely enjoy an entire album of music, but all but one or two songs on this album are great! I can listen to them over and over, and I tend to do just that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by James Agee
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent
If you liked Matt and Kim's previous albums, you'll like this. Still catchy and fun with no unusual surprises. Many of the new songs will play well during their live shows.
Published 15 months ago by David Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Party Music
Happy party music. Makes you want to jump around and smile. Not deep thoughtful music, just fun. Get it and enjoy.
Published 17 months ago by Jose A. Mesuro
5.0 out of 5 stars Knocked it out of the park again
Another great, dancy album from Matt & Kim. Similar to their past albums, but really great. My favorites are "Now" and "I Said".
Published 17 months ago by Molly Motyka
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt & Kim did it again!
I didn't think they could top their last album, but Lighting surprised me, always upbeat, Matt & Kim will keep you on your toes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Album!!!
Matt and Kim can't help but make you smile. One of the most unique bands out there and their latest albums doesn't disappoint. I can't name one bad song on the record. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Travis Jacobs
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