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Tripping the Light Fantastic


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Tripping the Light Fantastic is the full-length debut of Lit, an alternative rock band. It was released on April 1, 1997, on Malicious Vinyl records. The band eventually left the record label owning the rights to "Tripping The Light Fantastic", and it was reissued in late 1999 on the bands own label, Dirty Martini, with distribution through RCA Records, which was Lit's current record label.

1. Beginning
2. My World
3. Fuel
4. No Big Thing
5. Habib
6. Explode
7. Bitter
8. Amount To Nothing
9. Dozer
10. Fireman
11. Cadillac
12. I Don't Get It

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000031KHF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Noelle Lovitz on March 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lit fans everywhere have been hearing songs off A Place in the Sun on the radio. Some, like Ziplock and Miserable, have made it on the infamous TRL. So its not suprising that Lit has gained a lot more fans, followers of good music and teenyboppers alike. However, these fans have furthered their Lit obsession by going out and buying Tripping the Light Fantastic. Being that it was re-released it seemed more noticible to the general public and ultimately, more of Lit's new fans bought it. Tripping the Light Fantastic surprised many of Lit's new followers. It's harsher sound was shocking compared to the melodies and mellow lyrics of A Place in the Sun. At first, it seemed that Lit had become a totally different band with their second album, much lighter and happier, but still sell-outs. Actually, that's not true. Upon listening to Tripping the Light Fantastic repeatedly, fans can realize that many things are the same about the two CDs, from the way the accoustic guitar and base guitar are used to the band's love of old cars, esp. Cadillacs. The idea of the band being sell-outs was totally disproven after going to a Lit concert March 1 and seeing the guys perform. (They were great) So, Lit fans, be not afraid of Tripping the Light Fantastic. It will become just as good, if not better, then A Place in the Sun once you recognize the differences. And if you don't have A Place in the Sun yet, be sure to pick that up too. Lit is a great band that deserves to be recognized, and you won't be disappointed. to the band's love
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rita Sewell on June 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I say that because, if you're a fan of their RCA debut, A Place In the Sun, this one's gonna need time to grow on you. But nonetheless, it's awesome! Nearly everything is heavier here, with perhaps the exception of "Bitter." That track was the only single released off this album, and it's maybe the only one that echoes Lit's sound today. If you really compare the two CDs, Lit definitely hasn't done a 360. They've just evolved from whatever angst was plaguing them during that time. Anyway, this is an AWESOME CD that you won't regret buying. If you do feel that after the first listen, please give it time to grow on you. It will!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "duffman121" on June 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Buying this album after "Place In the Sun", I was quite shocked with the initial difference I heard. After a listen or 2 more though, I noticed that it wasn't a DIFFERENT sound, but more of a RAWER sound. A Jay's singing improved quite a bit between this album and "Place In the Sun", but the rawness of his voice on this album is pretty damn cool too. Some tunes that stand out for me are "Habib" and "Bitter". I gave it 4 stars, cause I feel they have improved and grown musically as a band since this album, but it's still a great cd. Just keep in mind that the sound isn't quite the same as "Place", but it's still got that Lit attitude. Worth the buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark on December 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Very different and much harder than A Place in the Sun, but still very good. If you like the title song off of A Place in the Sun, you'll probably like this. However, if you want to buy Lit for what you've heard on the radio or if you're new to Lit, buy A Place in the Sun before you get this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Well, I ordered this CD because I love A Place in the Sun. It's OK, not great. If you're expecting another album like A Place in the Sun, don't get this. Make sure you listen to the sound samples before you order.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allie on January 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lit truly expose all with " Tripping the Light Fantastic". It is far more expressive then " A Place in the Sun" which basicly has many ballads about love and relationships.During the time period of this album, the members of Lit seem kind of "casino crazy" which makes up many aspects of their album.It's great how A.Jay Popoff screams on this album. I believe the more screaming, the more passionate the artist is about their music. This album is great for people who love screaming and guitars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zen Station on August 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, now they are back on an indie label, but Lit are nothing short of exciting on their first full-length album, "Tripping the Light Fantastic". If you're expecting the sunny pop-punk of the later two albums, "A Place in the Sun" and "Atomic", you might be disappointed. Oh well, once you get used to this album you'll find it's possibly the most fun album that they've done.

One thing to check out is the early recording of "No Big Thing", which is done in a slightly more rough production and not quite in the same way as the polished "Place" version. This album has all types of sounds. The metal sound you hear that they like is heard in a few songs, even. I'm glad that the band re-found themselves recently, because this is just what Lit is all about. They make songs that have a bunch of flair and talent. Songs like "Bitter" have the clear Nirvana influence; elsewhere there are songs like "Habib" that are totally unique with great Lit melodies and then there's near-surf guitar riffage of "My World", with some really good melodies from them. The riff kind of reminds me of "Warped" by RHCP. It kind of reminds me of hardcore in some spots, like when A. Jay screams on "Amount to Nothing" and its rhythm break. "Dozer" starts out a bit toned down, and while a slower moment, does not lack any distortion. They still talk about their love for the "Cadillac", if you want some of that. This album is meant for repeat listens. The sound is varied yet totally focused. In fact the mixture of that shows their ability of great song writing. You may think they were an overnight band, but this proves here that's the last thing that Lit was.

I think that I like it on the same level as "Sun", but I think that now I prefer the self-titled to this.
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