Despite being recorded over a four-year period, Shimmering Lights doesn’t have the dragged-out feel of a belabored album. Like a poppier version of Tokyo Police Club, Meligrove Band specialize in the sort of zippy, quirky indie rock that rarely slows down, and the band’s fourth album manages to squeeze ten songs into the space of a half hour. The songs themselves are pleasant enough, with all the familiar trimmings of 21st century indie rock: half-sung/half-shouted vocals, frenetic single-line guitar riffs, keyboards, and a balance between melody and good-natured noise. But if Meligrove Band lack something in the originality department, the group makes up for it with solid execution, and Shimmering Lights winds up being a tuneful example of by-the-book indie songwriting.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey