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. 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.
  3. 80
    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]
  4. Words are used minimally and to great effect.
  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. Lightbulbs is an album solely for the initiated, and newcomers to Fujiya & Miyagi would be better served by skipping this watered-down amalgamation and checking out the band's influences instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2