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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sire / Wea
  • ASIN: B002KVSJFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,957 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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There is a good mix of songs.
Deanna
Her voice is unique, her style authentic and memorable, and the lyrics are thoughtful.
PoetryDude66
I listened to the CD over and over!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew McCarty on 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 By D. Louque on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on August 2, 2011
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 By E. Deogracias on September 14, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronaldregean on December 24, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2009
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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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