- Lightning

Matt & Kim - Lightning
CRITIC SCORE
56
Based on 9 reviews
2012 Rank: #804 / 860
USER SCORE
58
Based on
9 ratings

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83
Entertainment Weekly
Songs with shotglass-half-full titles like ”It’s Alright” and ”Not That Bad” build to fist-pump choruses, but there’s just enough attitude to counter that rah-rah spirit.
70
AllMusic

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.

70
Paste
The listen ends awkwardly with the two-minute ballad thing “Ten Dollars I Found,” which, after a few listens, is actually pretty good if you forgive the total banality of its content. Which, by the way, is a good way to describe the album as a whole.
60
Consequence of Sound
Matt and Kim’s music is about amping up energy and getting parties started. If they can transcend that for even quasi-emotional enlightenment, then they’ve won; if not, then at least you can still bop to it. That logic, though, sells the band short, as there’s plenty of subtle intellect and context already mixed into the ecstasy and camaraderie of their sound.
60
PopMatters

Lightning may not find the duo reaching new musical heights, but it will satisfy their fanbase. 

51
Pitchfork

Like an echo of an echo, there's nothing here that Matt & Kim haven't already done over and over again.

50
A.V. Club

Lightning begins and ends with uncomplicated, punchy melodies, but here the pair seems to have lost its knack for writing a catchy hook. 

50
Rolling Stone

The band's thrift-store pastiche ... has a manic, self-aware intensity – call it grandiosi-twee. And try to take it in small doses.

40
FasterLouder

Overall, Lightning is so sugary, it almost makes you a little ill.

User Reviews
Jun 26, 2014
68
Don't knock it until you've seen them live, I wasn't crazy about this album either, but Matt and Kin delivered one of the best performances I've ever seen.

So, while this is far from musically brilliant, it's high energy, it's fun and it does what it's meant to do, get people up to dance.
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Added on: September 24, 2012