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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 title song). 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 Youe Mind” shows.

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The single greatest album of all time

I have honestly never heard a better album. Lights is my all time favorite

lights in concert

I seriously think, no joke, that lights' voice sounds wayyyy better live!! Unlike most singers, she can run around and do pretty much anything and her voice stays the same, sweet-yet-edgy, awesome voice as ever. On her album, she sounds sweeter and more pop-py, but in concert she sounds more alternative/Hey Monday-like...I liked her better live, but hey, that's just me;)
P.S. her music rocks:) GO LIGHTS!!!!! :D

LIGHTS has arrived!

This album has been a long time coming for Lights, honing her skills and talent over the last few years, and it's finally paid off! She gives amazing energy with every song and stays true to her style throughout the entire album. Listening to her music is like visiting with your best friend: it's the perfect balance of empathy, comfort, encouragement, honesty, and leaves you smiling. It definitely keeps me coming back for more!


Born: April 11, 1987 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Lights first cracked the Canadian charts in May 2008, when the debut single "Drive My Soul" introduced her synthesis of youthful, sellable alt-rock and contemporary synth pop. Born in April 1987 in Timmins, Ontario, Valerie Poxleitner spent her childhood traveling alongside her missionary parents. She also took up songwriting at an early age, using verses from the Bible to prompt titles for her new material. She began writing music for Sony/ATV Music Publishing at the age of 18; shortly thereafter,...
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The Listening, Lights
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Oct 02, 2009

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