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.
Lightning may not find the duo reaching new musical heights, but it will satisfy their fanbase.
Like an echo of an echo, there's nothing here that Matt & Kim haven't already done over and over again.
Lightning begins and ends with uncomplicated, punchy melodies, but here the pair seems to have lost its knack for writing a catchy hook.
The band's thrift-store pastiche ... has a manic, self-aware intensity – call it grandiosi-twee. And try to take it in small doses.
Overall, Lightning is so sugary, it almost makes you a little ill.