LIGHTS – Little Machines Review
September 26th, 2014
This is a slight departure from her earlier work, with a more textured, complex, electronica sound throughout. This also isn’t a bad thing as we also see the introduction of smoother compositions and deeper lyrics. There’s also a huge range of modern influences here from similar artists, including stuff sounding very similar to Lana Del Rey (Oil And Water), Katy Perry (Up We Go), Ellie Goulding (Muscle Memory), Haim (Slow Down). While those claims are fairly subjective and based on my experience, I find that musical variety one of the strongest parts on Little Machines.
Even with out the comparisons, you can tell it’s a pop album through and through. It’s a bit jarring if you were a fan of her previous work as the overall tone of the album is also more mature, she sings more confidently; her voice has even changed a bit. It’s not a bad thing, as I’ve said, just different.
Then comes along “Slow Down”. Just listen to the raw 80’s power she belts out. Damn that track is so good. Where did that come from?