Lights Out - Bishop Allen
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 19, 2014
    80
    A power-pop record that’s unfussy in its pursuit of jingle-jangle melodies and circular choruses that linger long after they’re over.
  2. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    While Lights Out is by no means flawless, its success lies in its ability to not only capture that sentiment but to make it so natural and accessible. Strife has never looked brighter.
  3. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    Whatever Bishop Allen's intention, there is a sort of miasma hovering over Lights Out that supports the "sad party album" claim, adhering these clever pop songs together but deflating some of their energy in the process. It's an odd effect making for a pleasurable yet confusing listen.
  4. Aug 12, 2014
    70
    It's not earthshaking, but there's nothing wrong with simply being likable. [Sep 2014, p.69]
  5. Aug 12, 2014
    70
    Every song here is perfect, glimmering pop gem--and the lyrics are often brilliant--but they're played with a measured precision and lack of dynamic range that makes it hard to differentiate one from the other as the LP unfolds. [No. 112, p.52]
  6. Aug 22, 2014
    60
    The album drops off a little. It doesn’t falter, but it’s never as inescapable again.
  7. Aug 18, 2014
    60
    Mostly a lot of the same stuff that made you enjoy Grrr...
  8. Aug 15, 2014
    50
    While the songs on Lights Out would certainly suit a fine live atmosphere, their simplicity, repetition and generic nature create a rather weak album that fails to hold its own in today’s complicated indie rock landscape.
  9. 50
    Lights Out offers plenty of pop nuggets--a few of them punchy and expansive, most others losing steam right out of the gate.
  10. 40
    It’s simply not striking enough to elicit a stronger response than this, as well polished as it may be.
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  1. Sep 1, 2014
    7
    After first tracks it seems like creative, but little boring album. But then quality grows and at the end Lights Out is well-quality, littleAfter first tracks it seems like creative, but little boring album. But then quality grows and at the end Lights Out is well-quality, little minimalistic alternative album Full Review »