Lightning - Matt & Kim

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 83
    Even with handclaps, tap-dancing synths, and cheerleader chants, though, the Brooklyn duo sound more punk than twee in Lightning.
  2. Oct 2, 2012
    They are still committed to immaturity; all these songs have a special affection for youth and fittingly incorporate threads from hip hop.
  3. Oct 2, 2012
    Lightning is no kind of departure, but the slight variations in sound and the slightly expanded emotional palette mean that it's an improvement over the last record or two.
  4. Nov 30, 2012
    Lightning occasionally dips into the annoyingly upbeat. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.129]
  5. Oct 10, 2012
    Lightening returns to the tried-and-true formula that has worked so well for them. [No. 92, p.56]
  6. Oct 3, 2012
    Although decidedly a step up from their last effort, the sloppy and forgetful Sidewalks, Lightning still finds the duo stuck in the same routine.
  7. Oct 3, 2012
    "Much Too Late" is a rant that seems to come out of nowhere and doesn't fit in with anything else on this record. Aside from that, though, this is good stuff.
  8. 60
    On their fourth LP, Lightning, the lovebirds have made songwriting a priority; but, as is the case with their high-energy, perpetually happy, DIY, song-along anthems, the lyrics alternate between the profound and the overwrought.
  9. Oct 25, 2012
    In the context of Matt & Kim's discography, Lightning is inconsequential. Like an echo of an echo, there's nothing here that Matt & Kim haven't already done over and over again.
  10. Oct 2, 2012
    In getting back to basics, however, the record leaves out the memorable hooks that make the whole formula work.
  11. Oct 2, 2012
    The band's thrift-store pastiche, from that track's skidding-siren hook to a few not-quite-ecstatic EDM-style builds, has a manic, self-aware intensity – call it grandiosi-twee. And try to take it in small doses.
  12. Oct 19, 2012
    The other songs beg for remixes, guest vocalists or anything to give them more depth. [Nov 2012, p.92]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 9, 2012
    M&K are as happy as you're used to hearing. Their sound never changes too drastically. Rather, it evolves. "Lighning" is a good evolution fromM&K are as happy as you're used to hearing. Their sound never changes too drastically. Rather, it evolves. "Lighning" is a good evolution from "Sidewalks". Full Review »