Lightning - Matt & Kim
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  • Summary: The fourth release for Brooklyn duo was self-produced and recorded in their former apartment in New York.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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
    70
    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.
  3. Oct 2, 2012
    70
    They are still committed to immaturity; all these songs have a special affection for youth and fittingly incorporate threads from hip hop.
  4. 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.
  5. Oct 3, 2012
    60
    Although decidedly a step up from their last effort, the sloppy and forgetful Sidewalks, Lightning still finds the duo stuck in the same routine.
  6. Oct 3, 2012
    60
    "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.
  7. Oct 19, 2012
    40
    The other songs beg for remixes, guest vocalists or anything to give them more depth. [Nov 2012, p.92]

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