The Listening CD

Sweet and shimmering, the music of Canadian singer/songwriter Lights (a.k.a. Valerie Poxleitner) goes down easy and leaves a tingling aftertaste.  The Listening, her 2009 debut album, has the intimate feel of a bedroom reverie.  Lights' spiritually tinged lyrics return again and again to the theme of divine comfort and aid - songs like Saviour, Drive My Soul and Second Go are upwardly directed expressions set to throbbing, high-gloss tracks.  February Air and Quiet are more explicitly romantic, lending an appealing innocence by Lights' breathy, waif-like vocals.  Throughout, The Listening revels in vintage and modern synthesizer textures, switching between jittery techno-dance tunes (Ice, River) and atmospheric (though still beat-driven) soundscapes (Face Up, The Listening).  Whether she's confronting her fears in Lions! or yearning for lost childhood in Pretend, Lights wraps her gossamer sonic threads around serious topics.  Though her touch is frequently soft, she's capable of flashes of intensity, as The Last Thing On Your Mind shows. - iTunes

CD Details

  • Release Date: October 06, 2009
  • Record Label: Sire
  • UPC: 093624976523
  • Number of Discs: 1

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