Blue Lights On The Runway

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Blue Lights is uneven, but the good songs are really good.
  2. The rest of Blue Lights on the Runway is duller than 'The Great Defector;' most of it sounds like warmed-over Coldplay.
  3. The success of such tracks generally rides on the melody, and here Bell X1 get two out of three pretty right.
  4. Under The Radar
    40
    Blue Lights is more of an affective slow burn, which is to say it is often a bit of a bore. [Spring 2009, p.70]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JT
    Apr 1, 2009
    7
    Genuinely enjoyable, but if "The Great Defector" is what drew you to the CD, not much else on the album sounds like it. At times the lyrics Genuinely enjoyable, but if "The Great Defector" is what drew you to the CD, not much else on the album sounds like it. At times the lyrics were odd enough to cross over from arty to just plain weird. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2011
    8
    A great record. This marks a distinct change in style from the bands first 3 albums. They still have the beautifully gentle ballads mixed inA great record. This marks a distinct change in style from the bands first 3 albums. They still have the beautifully gentle ballads mixed in with some upbeat pop-rock tracks, they still have the quirky (albeit sometimes dubious) lyrics, but on this record they do push themselves in terms of the sounds they experiment with. This was the bands first independently released record and no longer under the control of a major label, you can hear the relief and freedom in the tracks. Full Review »
  3. AnneC.
    Mar 16, 2009
    10
    Fantastic beautiful and FUN.