By Keith Sharp
It’s a tribute to Lights’ considerable song writing talents that her songs can be re-interpreted acoustically. Following a trend this Timmins’ native initially established with her debut “Listening” album and followed by her sophomore release “Siberia”, Lights has re-released acoustic versions of both records. Now in the light of her third studio release, “Little Machines”, the former Valerie Anne Poxleitner, has produced a follow up record; “Midnight Machines” with features acoustic interpretations of six tracks from “Little Machines” plus two new tracks; “Follow You Down” and “Head Cold”.
Utilizing just an acoustic guitar and an understated string quartet, arrangements such as a re-work of “Meteorites”, the plaintive “Follow You Down” and the stripped-down arrangement of “Don’t Go Home Without Me” accentuate Light’s angelic vocal talents and clarity of her lyricism.
The former 2009 Juno Award-winning New Artist proves to the masses here that you don’t need all the production bells and whistles to record great music. A great voice, a poignant composition and the barest hint of an instrumental arrangement is all you need to produce class music. Lights is indeed a rare talent.
Download “Follow You Down”, “Meteorites”, “Running With The Boys”