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The Listening

LIGHTSAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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My name is LIGHTS. I'm a small girl who dwells in Toronto. I make music with a computer and a couple sweet synths. I also play whatever other sound makers I can get my pincers on. Making music has been my crutch/drug/vent/vice for my whole life. Most of what you hear starts, and is often finished, in my room (wherever that may be, I relocate like a hermit crab). When I write songs I think ... Read more in Amazon's LIGHTS Store

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  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / Wea
  • ASIN: B002KVSJFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Saviour
2. Drive My Soul
3. River
4. The Listening
5. Ice
6. Pretend
7. The Last Thing On Your Mind
8. Second Go
9. February Air
10. Face Up
11. Lions!
12. Quiet
13. Pretend

Editorial Reviews

A prolific songwriter since her preteens, LIGHTS is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has quickly gained major attention since taking her homemade music public. She has been declared the #1 Unsigned Artist in Canada (MySpace). She fuses electronica-based pop, rock and new wave sounds with mellifluous vocals that combine for a unique listening experience. LIGHTS continues to inspire new fans with every musical creation.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album of a great, new voice October 6, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
Solid first Dream/Synth Pop album from the wonderful singer-songwriter-keytarist LIGHTS (Valerie Poxleitner). Standout tracks, in my opinion, are "River," "Ice," "Second Go," "The Last Thing on Your Mind," "Face Up," "Lions!" and "Up Up and Away" (bonus iTunes track).

LIGHTS is the real deal, people. She uses various vocal tricks on the album, but I've seen her in-person live and on live video chats, and she can belt out a tune like nobody's business. She's already immensely popular in her homeland of Canada, and hopefully with this album can become a household name here in the United States. She definitely deserves it.

LIGHTS is now one of my three favorite things from Canada (the other two being the band Sloan and the fast food restaurant New York Fries).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lights is FANTASTIC!! October 6, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
I've downloaded many of these songs previously as EP releases and love all of them. This debut album has many new songs on it and they are all awesome. I recommend this album to anyone. She has a great voice, unique sound, and you won't be disappointed.

Other fantastic songs from Lights are: White, Drive Your Soul(one of my overall favorites), and I Owe You One.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frekin Fantastic! March 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This girl really does some good beats, not to mention her perfect voice. This is what belongs on the radio, not the overrated celebs we know. She has super talent, and I am now an addict to her music
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meaningful Lyrics August 2, 2011
By Deanna
Format:Audio CD
LIGHTS has quickly become one of my favorite artists. The first song I ever heard by her was "I Owe You One" (which unfortunately did not make it to this album) and I fell in love with the meaningful lyrics and the style of music. This album definitely did NOT disappoint me.

I should note that I purchased it back when it first came out, and that it was the first physical CD I had purchased in over 2 years. I don't regret the purchase. I still listen to this album, even 2 years after its release.

The album itself is of the synthpop genre. There is a good mix of songs. There are upbeat songs -- such as "Saviour," "Lions!" and "Face Up" -- and then there are more melancholy songs, like "Pretend" and "Drive My Soul." The songs are all well-produced, and all of them are catchy. Lights herself has a unique voice that matches well with the songs.

But for me that is not the most important part. The thing I like most about this album is that I feel like every single song comes straight from Lights' heart. Unlike most artists, Lights doesn't have to rely on thousands of different songwriters to write her songs for her. Instead she is able to pen deep, meaningful songs that everyone can relate to. If you like pop music but are tired of listening to artists who can't even put the pen to paper and write something that you can relate to, buy this album IMMEDIATELY. You will not regret it!

Standout tracks: Drive My Soul, Saviour, Face Up, Lions!, The Listening
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKED! In a good sort of way! December 24, 2012
By Phoj
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am not Christian, and I don't typically listen to this brand of music.

I was on Pandora listening and one of this woman's songs came on. I had never heard of her before. I like a lot of music, mostly metal however their are artists i enjoy from every genre.

She has a very pretty voice. Her song's are very emotional and enjoyable to listen to. It's clear that their are religious ideals being portrayed here, but that's ok with me. I enjoy the feeling that goes into the singing as well as her voice.

I would recommend checking it out if you like impressive vocals and heartfelt/loving lyrics. In particular I enjoy "Drive My Soul" "Second Go" and "Lions!" on this album, although a few other's stand out as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enLIGHTening Album September 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Such a great album from a debut artist! I first heard Lights when she showed up on my radio station with "Saviour". I first wanted to listen to it but decided to pass. When "Second Go" came on the radio, I was interested again. When I picked up the album in July, I was amazed with the quality. Lights has a pure voice that's pretty rare in this genre. Yes, she utilizes auto-tune in some songs, but not to the extent of recent artists (namely Ke$ha). It's just a lighthearted, honest tone that emphasizes the sometimes melancholy atmosphere the album provides. Her synth is also a force to be reckoned with too: It complements her faster tracks, and gives a soothing vibe for the slower ones. By the end of the album, you're left with a feeling of sadness yet mixed with hope. Her poignant lyrics also make this album a sweet treat.
I guess the only fault I see in this album is the fact that it's different; which isn't a bad thing, it just means that many of the Gaga/Cyrus/Ke$ha audience will pass on such a great CD. I recommend buying it ASAP.

Key Tracks:
Second Go
Saviour
Pretend (Original as well as Reprise)
River
Ice
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE YOU LIGHTS! November 20, 2009
By D. Le
Format:Audio CD
You are the hottest voice ever! I love everything about her songs... I'm totally obsessed with her catchy tracks and uhhhhhh, I just melt listening to her. Anyways, I totally dig "The Listening" track as well as "Savior". Lights forever! I hope to see her live someday. Come to Cali!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIGHTS is INCREDIBLE November 15, 2009
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This young woman is absolutely amazing. I'm very picky when it comes to music, but I love every song she's recorded. I saw her live a couple weeks ago, and her performance was flawless. The other interesting thing-- her album has the electronic versions of her songs, which are superb; her website offers guitar acoustic versions of some which are equally superb yet totally different; then her live show is more like a rock concert-- different again, yet one of the best I've ever seen (and I'm long enough in the tooth to have seen a lot). She is also extremely nice in person and talented beyond belief!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album
Love it a lot
Published 1 day ago by Boris
5.0 out of 5 stars Not throwaway candy pop
I discovered Lights after hearing her duet with Owl City (Cactus in the Valley). Although I'm not crazy about every track on this recording, there are some stellar standouts that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Rigby
5.0 out of 5 stars Repeat, Repeat, Repeat….
This is such a catchy, creative album that you can't help but sing along to. Lights is a brilliant blessing to the world. Love all of her albums (:
Published 3 months ago by Ashley Stanfill
5.0 out of 5 stars Song is full of surprises
I love blasting this song and hearing different things in the back that are just a beautiful culmination into a eargasm. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pour Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album, one of my favorites.
Normally I don't purchase CD's, but this album is just so good that I had to have a physical copy for my collection. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Record!!!
Everything on this album was amazing!!! There was not one song that I did not enjoy listening to, I definitely recommend it!!!
Published 13 months ago by Sky
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 Superior Songs
This woman is an astonishing talent, although she apparently is a well hidden secret. I was expecting to like just a handful of the 13 songs, but at least 10 of these floored me... Read more
Published 14 months ago by PoetryDude66
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent girly glittery pop
This album is fantastic! The music is simply beautiful and for me, it makes me smile every time I listen to it. Lights is unique and I hope she stays that way.
Published 16 months ago by T. G. Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love this CD. My favorite songs were 'Savior', 'Face Up', and 'Ice'. I listened to the CD over and over!
Published 17 months ago by mikoyoukai
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, upbeat music
Lights has so much creativity and it shows in her music. She is a great electro-pop artist whom everyone should listen to. Her lyrics are positive and her music is worth your time.
Published 22 months ago by Jake
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