After releasing gripping collaboration "Everybody Breaks A Glass" with Shad and production by two members of indie-electro band Holy F***! it was hard to imagine what Toronto's Lights had in store for her follow up to her slick electro-pop 2009 debut.
Siberia, Lights' sophomore album, is a grittier, less pretty pop record from the self-made songstress. Principal production by Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh of Toronto's Holy F***! does surprisingly well for Lights.
Rough beats, dubstep add new depth for a woman who pins earnest, melodramatic yet unselfconscious tunes. Dubstep on "When the Fence is Low" offers up a dirtier touch, that works rather well but causes friction against the purer pop of "Toes." While synth jam "Timing is Everything" and dancefloor cut "Suspension" are rewarding offerings.
Throw in some verses by Shad on "Flux and Flow" and the aforementioned "Everybody Breaks A Glass" along with Borcherdt and Walsh's production and Light's innocent, fetching vocals find new dimensions. Siberia is a solid pop record, unfortunately it wears thin, running too over 14 tracks thanks to the unnecessary slicker, standard pop tunes of "Heavy Rope," "Peace Sign" and the needless synth/electric guitar eight minute instrumental of "Day One."
Essential Tracks: "Suspension" "Timing Is Everything" and "Everybody Breaks A Glass"