Lights creeped onto the scene in 2009 with "The Listening" a fun, energetic, experimental debut album that had it's moments ("Savior"," Drive My Soul"), but had flaws that even Lights admitted earlier in the year, such as a tad too much auto-tune even for her liking. However, unlike most Artist that explode out of the gate with a giant debut album full of hits, only to have the inevitable follow up album be full of uninspired dribble and filler, Lights saved her best for last - and it certainly has payed off.
Enter Siberia. This album is excellent follow up to her debut effort. It's polished, it flows from one track to another, and diverse enough to keep you listening on repeat for quite some time. The album instantly sucks you in with the hypnotic titled track "Siberia", a melodic track that showcases Lights soothing vocals to a tee - no screaming, no whining, no wailing vocals, just a good opening track that relaxes you and leaves you impressed when over. The leading single "Toes" is perhaps the catchiest song on the album, the bumping synths definitely gets the toes tapping, and you will have "Oh, you capture my attention" stuck in your head for the weeks to follow. It's borderline criminal. "Timing Is Everything" "Banner" "Peace Sign" are all excellent tracks, each one showcasing how much Lights as matured her sound and voice since 2009. If you have doubts about Lights vocal range, one only has to listen to the chorus to "Flux and Flow"; a fat-sounding beat with some dubstep influence and an amazing chorus makes this one one of my favorites. "Fourth Dimension" has dubstep influence, but not overdone - which is a prevailing theme throughout the album, just enough to recognize, but not so much it drowns you out in disgust. These are just the tracks that caught my attention.
In conclusion Siberia is one of my favorites releases to come out of the abysmal over-saturated soup known as the "Music Industry" this year. The album is dark and moody, full of dance tracks, yet relaxing and calming enough to leave you refreshed. Lights voice, while no Adele or some other high profile singer, is very soothing and soulful. Her sound is easy on the ears and doesn't scream for too much attention. Siberia blends the soothing vocals perfectly with electronica, not one over-powering the other, which makes for an easy and accessible album to listen too. Lights is a proper artist, who is willing to fight tooth-and-nail to make an album that makes her happy, not the bean counters (the business man) I hope Lights sticks it out for a third album, her talent would be deeply missed if she decides to pursue other interest.