It'll Be Better - Francis & the Lights
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album for the band led by Francis Farewell Starlite; he remixed Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and worked with Drake on "Thank Me Later."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. While there may not be a "Sledgehammer"-style smash here, this stuff hits just as hard.
  2. This is a heartfelt, creative, and deeply inspired album that should appeal to fans of intelligent pop music.
  3. 70
    Tightly wound to the point of unease, the Brooklyn singer-pianist's third album has its occasional irresistible moments.
  4. 60
    Earnestly sung lyrics in the vein of Jack Johnson or John Mayer, 80s-style instrumentation (percussion, guitar licks, synths), and constant rhythmic switch-ups are elegantly crafted. This album isn't boring, it's just too polished for the raw sounds and styles it draws influence from.
  5. On his full-length debut, Starlite turns his faith in catchy tunes into a series of studies on the persuasive power of pop itself.
  6. It's short, boring, and occasionally aggravating, recalling the flatness of acts like Maroon 5 and John Mayer while never coming close to their likeability, and when you're being rocked off the stage by Adam Levine, it's not a good sign.