Lightbulbs - Fujiya & Miyagi
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  • Summary: This is the third album from the English electronic quartet.
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. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    Their more subdued follow-up doesn't dirty things up much, but it does give some character to the quartet's airtight groovemaking.
  7. Their combination of surreal lyrics and Krautrock now sounds pedestrian. [Oct 2008, p.142]

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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
    10
    Brilliant.
  2. PedroM
    Sep 10, 2008
    8
    One of the best albums of the year so far.