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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  1. 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. 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 seeMatt 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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  2. 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 from "Sidewalks".
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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. Nov 30, 2012
    60
    Lightning occasionally dips into the annoyingly upbeat. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.129]
  2. Oct 25, 2012
    51
    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.
  3. Oct 19, 2012
    40
    The other songs beg for remixes, guest vocalists or anything to give them more depth. [Nov 2012, p.92]