Metascore
59

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.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 9, 2012
    9
    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 »
  2. Mar 11, 2015
    8
    Matt and Kim’s album Lightning has that same happy upbeat sound that caught people’s attention when they first started to produce music. WithMatt and Kim’s album Lightning has that same happy upbeat sound that caught people’s attention when they first started to produce music. With catchy instrumental parts and their lively lyrics, it’s hard not to smile when listening to Lightning. The duo knows what their fans enjoy about their music and have no problem creating songs with all very similar sounds for them, but I’d like to see them step outside of that comfort zone and try experimenting with a different sound. On this album, the two songs that stand out to me the most differently have to be “I Said” and “Ten Dollars I Found.“ Both of these songs have less going on lyrically and possess a darker, more melancholy sound. This is especially the case in “Ten dollars I Found.” The lyrics in “I Said” and the backing track are not as cheerful as their other songs, but it still manages to have the same optimistic atmosphere as their other music. The album ends with the extreme change in sound in “Ten Dollars I Found.” They stripped down most of the electronic elements of the rest of the album on this hopeful yet despondent track.
    More experimentation with their sound on their future albums would be great to see, but Lightning does show that they have it in them to mix things up a bit. Lightning is an enjoyable journey that is always fun to listen to and it really gives a good look into some of the best things they have done with their music. Their older albums were much more acoustic than Lightning is, but they never lost that acoustic aspect on this latest release. Over the years, their sound has become more refined with their instrumentals and accompaniment tracks, while still staying mostly the same lyrically. It will be interesting to see the direction they go with on their next album.
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