In Light - Givers

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jul 12, 2011
    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. Nov 9, 2011
    This world music/indie rock mix is countered by the affecting melancholy of their quieter moments. [Nov. 2011, p. 143]
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    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 14, 2011
    Givers have created a debut that will surely set them atop the indie-rock world, if not only for their strict adherence to trying everything possible and succeeding gloriously at it all.
  5. 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.
  6. Jun 14, 2011
    So while In Light is unmistakably a 2011 indie album (In addition to the Dirty Projectors influence, there are traces of Vampire Weekend's trendy worldly pop bounce scattered throughout), Givers constantly rise above their reference points because the songs are usually excellent.
  7. Yeah, some of the electronic and percussive flourishes might be a little tired in 2011, but Givers sell it with such wide-eyed abandon and indulgent wonder that it's hard not to give in to the cacophonous stew of bursting pop euphoria.
  8. Jun 14, 2011
    In Light is an impressive step forward--it seriously contends for the title of this summer's go-to indie-pop record.
  9. Jun 24, 2011
    In Light is commendable for exploring the successful niche Givers have been residing within since their 2009 Givers EP.
  10. Oct 10, 2011
    This is not music that hangs around in the brain, for reasons that aren't particularly clear.
  11. Oct 6, 2011
    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.
  12. Oct 6, 2011
    For the moment, In Light is hamstrung by its creators' raw ambition.
  13. Aug 5, 2011
    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]
  14. Jun 14, 2011
    Accordingly, In Light is best absorbed in small portions, allowing you to savor the seriously catchy melodies and uplifting vibes.
  15. Jun 14, 2011
    In many ways, In Light splits the difference between the peppy pseudo-Afro pop of Vampire Weekend and the percussive, improv-heavy dance rock of Local Natives. That might be a bit of a knock against In Light if it wasn't such an accomplished, ambitious debut.
  16. 50
    While their love of premeditated spontaneity might be admirable in jazzier quarters, in reality it means that almost every song on their debut is marred by sudden changes in time signature, key and genre.
  17. Dec 22, 2011
    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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 5, 2011
    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... Full Review »
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    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. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    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. Full Review »