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Album Review

Lima, OH's Hit the Lights deliver a largely contagious, if not sometimes lyrically underdeveloped song cycle known as This Is a Stick Up... Don't Make It a Murder. But if pop/punk is your bag, this Colin Ross-steered troupe will give you plenty of excuses to singalong. From the irresistible "Bodybag" to the addictive "Speakers Blown," these are anthems for MySpace-addled dudes and chicks. Early disciples might balk at HTL's decision to recycle "Save Your Breath" and "These Backs Are Made for Stabbing," as well as the title track from their debut EP Until We Get Caught, but these Matt Squire (Panic! At the Disco) produced versions are clean and mean. There are a few inadequacies (like the just-okay "One Hundred Times") in the midst of an otherwise fine disc, but the enthusiastic parting shot, "Make a Run for It," is sweet redemption. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.] ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

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to clear things up "acoustic" is called "untitled" if u buy the cd in store, and its a hidden track thats why u can't by it as a song..and if u dont have this cd get it! my favorite cd since "a fever you can't sweat out' by panic at the disco. every song is awesome. buy it! rating chart: 10 being highest 5 being averege and 1 being poor 1. the call out- great beginning song- 9 2. these backs are made for stabbing- 10 3. three oh nine- 8 4. bodybag- explains alot about them, and pretty awesome -10 5. talk us down- ok song- 7 6. save your breath -best song on the cd (loved it)- 10 7. sincerely yours - bravo htl -10 8. One hundred times - second favorite song and wonderful - 10 9. it's all the rage "this is this is this is unbelivable" - 9 1/2 10. speakers blown- 10 11. untill we get caught -straight up awesome-10 12. make a run for it- they got it down to a science baby- 10 13. acoustic or (untitled)- great song -10 14. stick up- heard it once and pretty good (i bought this cd from target lol)- 8 comes down to it A UNBELIVABLE CD BUY IT NOW IF U DONT ALREADY HAVE IT

HTL. < 33 [album + song reviews]

Hit the Lights is one of my favorite pop-punk bands. Although the vocals aren't their strongest point, they are still beautiful, and most of the songs outline that. The music and lyrics, though, are something of rare brilliance. Below, I listed the songs and their ratings, personally. < 3 01. The Call Out (You Are The Dishes) - [9.4/10] The lyrics are amazing in this song, the set up is amazing, everything meshes very well. 02. These Backs Are Made For Stabbing - [9.2/10] In this song, I really like the vocals, lead and back up. 03. Three Oh Nine - [9.6/10] This is just funny, with great music. 04. Body Bag - [9.9/10] This song is very upbeat and funny, if you listen to it. 05. Talk Us Down - [10/10] One of my favorites. The chorus is amazing. 06. Save Your Breath - [9.5/10] This is a very good song, one of the more popular. The music is amazing. 07. Sincerly Yours - [9.6/10] The lyrics of this song are so beautiful, even if it is a faster song. This is one you really need to listen to. 08. One Hundred Times - [10/10] This is another one of my favorites. I have the acoustic version and this one, and personally, this one is better. The vocals are astounding. 09. It's All The Rage - [10/10] I can't pick a favorite song, but this song is good, I think this is it. The mesh is amazing. It's brilliant. 10. Speakers Blown - [9.9/10] This is another fun, cocky song. 11. Until We Get Caught - [9.3/10] The music is wonderful. The guitars, drums. Perfect. 12. Make A Run For It - [10/10] The end is amazing. The chorus is perfect. 13. Acoustic/Untitled/Hidden Track - [10/10] I lied. This is my favorite. The lyrics are beautiful, this is an acoustic song, and the vocals are beautiful. All around breathtaking. 14. Stickup - [9.4/10] One word - great. Word every penny. < 33

Best pop-punk cd since NFG Self Titled

This CD is completely off the hook. I've never been more into a pop-punk CD in like 6 years. These guys are gonna blow up. But I hope they blow up in the underground. Best song is definatly "The Call Out". Its a terrific opener for the album that prepares you for the ride of the rest of the album.


Formed: 2003 in Lima, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Lima, Ohio-based emocore band Hit the Lights formed in the summer of 2003. Vocalist Colin Ross and guitarist Omar Zehery had previously teamed together in the little-known group Goodbye Session, while guitarist Nick Thompson tenured with the Summer Departure. Bassist David Bermosk and drummer Nate Van Dame (a former roadie for emo favorites Hawthorne Heights) completed the lineup, and after taking their name from a track on Metallica's influential debut LP Kill 'Em All, Hit the Lights earned...
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