It's something of a mystery how Tiny Lights managed to keep releasing records after their first four or five -- while the group's early work (particularly the debut Prayer for the Halcyon Fear) mixed New York art-rock and a chirpy sort of chamber pop with beautiful results, they quickly descended into a rut of vaguely funky pop dreck that sounded more appropriate to a small town barroom than a Bar None release. Young Person's Guide to Tiny Lights falls on the worse end of this spectrum. Its pop conventions come straight from the '70s, and there's none of the intelligent recontextualization that made Tiny Lights' first few albums so great. The record should certainly not serve the purpose its title implies -- any young person seeking a guide to the band should start with the re-release of Prayer, and move onward from there with extreme caution.
AllMusic Review by Nitsuh Abebe