Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Lightbulbs shows the same attention to sonic detail as its predecessor, but the four also love words as much as objects.
  2. F&M have added intriguing textures to the Krautrock of 2006's Transparent Things.
  3. David Best again sensibly centres his whispered vocals upon texture rather than melody, with lyrics seemingly selected from a pool of pop-culture references by phonetic potential alone.
  4. Uncut
    Tracks like 'Knickerbocker' or 'Pussyfooting' are complemented by David Best's whispering voice intoning gibberish lyrics and rhythmic vocal tics over maddeningly catchy riffs. [Oct 2008, p.90]
  5. Airy synths and breathy vocals render the songs too dreamy to dance to, and the funky basslines and mechanical beats render them too dancey to dream to. That's the sweet spot of F&M.
  6. Building on a foundation of shameless proto-gangsta synths and witty but under-enunciated lyrics, Fujiya & Miyagi makes party music that is fresh but not (that) foolish.
  7. Under The Radar
    Fujiya & Miyagi remain situated somwhere between rock band and electronic dance act, and are perfecting a sound that is uniquely their own, regardless of what influence is visible in their sleeve at any given time. [Fall 2008, p.75]
  8. Words are used minimally and to great effect.
  9. But for those who imagine a less self-consciously experimental Blur or Can perhaps jamming it out with Parliament, there's much to enjoy on this classy, cerebral but hugely accessible album.
  10. It’s about time. Electronica merchants Fujiya & Miyagi, formed in 2000, have finally come up with a winning formula eight years into their career.
  11. While not guilty of carrying any true bombs, Lightbulbs does reveal how the band's stand-offish approach can serve as both a safety net and an anchor.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PaulR.
    Sep 16, 2008
  2. PedroM
    Sep 10, 2008
    One of the best albums of the year so far.