AOTY 2018

Kill the Lights

Tony Molina - Kill the Lights
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #230 / 706
User Score
Based on 72 ratings
2018 Ratings: #497
July 27, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Slumberland / Label
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The Line of Best Fit
Kill The Lights is one of the best albums to come out so far this year, and you can listen to it four times in an hour and still not be bored. That’s great songwriting.

That’s a lot of comparisons to more famous artists, and Molina probably wouldn’t run from any of them, given the way he embraces them on Kill the Lights. But even on such well-trod territory, the guy has a gift for leaving his own unique imprint on these songs.

The Independent

On Kill the Lights ... he makes the arduous process of self-editing sound simple; with no fat or frills, the melodies shine through in gorgeous fashion.


It may lack some of the bite of his best work with his previous project Ovens and his early solo releases, but it's nice to follow his career as he grows and experiments (gently) with new sounds and a new-ish approach, while still delivering songs that are super-hooky and flat-out nice to listen to.

No Ripcord

It may seem like slim pickings, but taking into account how fully-formed the songs on Kill the Lights are, there's a good reason why his patience when it comes to releasing new material can make such an integral impact to his songwriting decisions.

Northern Transmissions
For Tony Molina’s newest album, his deeply personal and touching writing makes for songs that pull at the heart strings while also touching on a bit of nostalgia. It’s his reliance on older ideas however that holds the album back as many songs feel a little too familiar to be completely new.
The master of the micro-song goes power pop on an ambitious release whose songs slide along the spectrum from sadness to madness, capturing Molina’s grief over a lost love.
Under The Radar

Kill the Lights revels in simplicities—every melody is neatly shaped, each song never overstaying its welcome. Due to its brevity, Kill the Lights is one of the most effective power-pop statements in memory both distant and recent.


Molina once seemed poised to become a reliable purveyor of sticky throwback pop. But absent the visceral thrill of his early work, or anything new or profound to say about grief and heartache, Kill the Lights offers little more than the sum of its influences.

So the opposite issue I had with Taboo, Kill The Lights really won me over on my first listen but the power pop stylings Tony Molina churns out here don’t really have the staying power that the acts he’s influenced by too. Sure, it has its charm but I feel the break-up concept is already so done to death that even if it’s in a tighter time frame, it doesn’t eliminate the beaten horse subject matter and really means it’s a record of serviceable performances, still ... read more
Interesting compilation of ~1 minute long folk songs. I like the general mood of this album, they all remind me of some old ringtone i used to have on my phone :D
Honestly if the songs where longer it would be Great.
i just really really enjoyed it, the only problem i'm having is how short his albums are, if he made longer songs, i think he could really make an incredible album.
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Track List

  1. Nothing I Can Say
  2. Wrong Town
  3. Afraid to Go Outside
  4. Now That She's Gone
  5. Jasper's Theme
  6. Give He Take You
  7. When She Leaves
  8. Look Inside Your Mind / Losin' Touch
  9. Before You Go
  10. Outro
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Added on: May 31, 2018