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If it’s variety you seek, from fuzzed-out rock guitars and high female harmonies, to the odd saxophone and accordion, all of it tethered to bursts of old fashioned Hendrix-like power-trio freak-outs, then Williamsburg, Brooklyn trio Lights is quirky treasure. Guitarist Sophia Knapp and drummer Linnea Vedder, ably anchored by bassist Andy Macleod (and special-effects wrangler Smoke Wizard), are a charming vocal duo, their harmonies so uncannily sisterly it’s natural to wonder if they’re family. “Fire Night,” is a disco tune, complete with deadpan French spoken word choruses, schizoguitar licks and a pair of sassy female voices. In “War Machine” their high-pitched wordless vocals float above more guitar squall and bass hammering, while on “Love” they break into silky, happy, irresistible pop — complete with a spooky coda. Most encouraging is the fact that Rites ends with the stunning, measured cover of Fleetwood Mac’s, “Nothing Left to Build,” where Macleod shows he too can sing and the band cements its old-school cred. A spree of nimble contrasts and keen anticipation.

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It's Really a Four, but

Nobody deserves to be punished for I-Tune's confusion. If it's not the Lights you were looking for then move on, people. Makes no sense attacking their music just because you're too lazy to search.


To all those idiots that thought this was the same artist that put out the "Lights EP" you should have listened to the songs first. If you have not gotten a clue there is that feature on iTunes, use it. I'm glad you bought the album making this mistake. Go Lights, no matter which band you are.

Very good so far

I've only listened to a couple of songs so far, but this album is suprisingly good.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fusing '70s AM radio hooks with acid rock expanses, Lights featured vocalist/guitarist Sophia Knapp, drummer/vocalist Linnea Vedder, and bassist Alana Amram. The project began in 2004, when Knapp met Vedder in an art supply store and the two began writing songs together and performing at parties. They teamed up with first bassist Andy MacLeod (formerly of White Magic) and, with Espers' Greg Weeks, recorded their self-titled debut, which Language of Stone released in 2008. Soon after, the band signed...
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