In Light - Givers
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  • Summary: The full-length debut release for the Louisiana indie pop band was produced by Ben H. Allen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jul 12, 2011
    90
    In keeping with Givers' multi-dimensional aural assault, it only makes sense that vocals would also come from multiple sources. While drummer Kirby Campbell occasionally lends a hand, it is predominantly Guarisco and Lamson who brilliantly deliver the boy/girl dynamic on show here.
  2. 80
    The music is charismatic and chaotic, full of shouts, clanging and bright guitars--listen to it with your eyes closed and you'll see everything short of sparkling blue stars.
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    80
    It's a seriously cute band that writes seriously catchy love songs that you will probably seriously enjoy--if you're all right with that ebullience thing.
  4. Jun 24, 2011
    70
    In Light is commendable for exploring the successful niche Givers have been residing within since their 2009 Givers EP.
  5. Oct 6, 2011
    60
    The formula of cramming 30 different songs into one is fun for a while, and it's invigorating, but ultimately it's hard to shake a sense of over-indulgence.
  6. Aug 5, 2011
    60
    The debut album from Lafayette, Louisiana's Givers plays with a loose, ebullient spark that sounds borne of considerate friendly jamming. [Jul 2011, p.85]
  7. Dec 22, 2011
    40
    It's a shame that their modishness acts against them, but sometimes, playing all the right notes in the right order just isn't enough. [Nov 2011, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 17, 2013
    9
    Three main things stood out to me from this wonderful album: One, their abilities in melody-writing, to have songs which are filled with multiple tunes, each very catchy and well-done in their own. Two, their beautiful instrumentation, including tasteful electronics, fast-ringing guitars, and even some truly unique stuff (like flutes). Three, their beautiful ignorance towards bland, over-washed song structure. They break the general rules of how a song should be organized and go off in whatever direction they want, which I think adds a lot of character and distinction to their sound. Overall, this album is well done, and very, very joyous. If you aren't a fan of happy, joy-filled indie pop, this album isn't for you. However, if you can overlook an overwhelming common emotional theme, you'll see some great singers working their masterful song-writing abilities in a very fun and addicting album. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2011
    7
    Not a bad album at all. Its a pleasant listen, and its very appropriate to become a soundtrack for the summer. However, i feel this album just doesn't stand among other indie-pop albums that have been recently released. It has its bright spots, but for the most part its average. Up Up Up and Meantime are the two standout tracks and I feel the rest of the album kind of blends together, becoming somewhat forgettable. Its relatively enjoyable though... Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    0
    People can write songs about being happy. There's nothing wrong with that. People can effectively communicate that happiness through they're music, too. But this album is so giddy it's nauseating--the worst album I've heard in 2011 thus far. Expand