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Lightning

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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let's Go
  2. Now
  3. It's Alright
  4. Not That Bad
  5. Overexposed
  6. I Said
  7. Tonight
  8. I Wonder
  9. Much Too Late
  10. Ten Dollars I Found


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B008U6Q9AG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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As a fairly long-time fan of Matt & Kim from my Brooklyn days (I can remember anxiously waiting for Grand to come out) I have high expectations for this funky/happy duo.

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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By LL COOL J on December 19, 2012
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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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Lightning is just what you'd expect from a Matt and Kim album. Perky, happy tunes, catchy beats, and Matt joyfully belting out the lyrics. Let's Go, Now, and Tonight are the highlights of the album, but I find myself enjoying the whole album. A few of the tracks are mild departures from the standard formula, notably 10 Dollars I Found, but they all still feel very much like Matt and Kim songs. I really enjoy the enthusiasm Mat and Kim seem to have for their music, and this album doesn't disappoint. It's so much fun to hear music written and preformed by people who really seem to love what they do.
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I bought this as a gift for my daughter's birthday. She has listened to it every day since it arrived.

She is a huge fan of 80's music (I'm the guilty party who exposed her to it). Matt & Kim remind me so much of the music I listened to in jr. high & high school. It makes you want to move around, jump, shout, shimmy & most of all smile! There is so much energy there. It's also a hoot to watch Matt & Kim together in their videos, pure joy.
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