The Lights

Beautiful Bird

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The Lights' debut, Beautiful Bird finds the Seattle band in the midst of grabbing the most angular effects of their influences and simply running with them. Like Pavement playing Wire covers (try "I'm a Dangerous Snake"), or the Strokes jamming on the Fall, the members of the Lights have managed to grip the post-everything tumult of their previous outfit the Left Coast while feeling around for the best in indie rock hooks and lo-fi, garage propulsion. "Your Boyfriend Has a Pretty Machine" or "Victims of the Pleasure of the Sense of Hearing," for example, have the laconic but catchy slacker groove of something off of Room on Fire, but then there's "Righteous Anchor" -- dark, a-melodic and brazen. It all somehow gels into a cohesive mess (in much the same way as Slanted and Enchanted), that shows that the Lights are happy -- and adventurous enough -- to step into the darkness and hope to emerge with something uninhibited, bold, and engaging. They succeed, too, and with a debut this exhilarating, they might just be following in the footsteps of the Pacific Northwest's mighty post-indie group Modest Mouse.

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