Lightning Feel-good music can be annoying if you're not, y'know, feeling good. Even with handclaps, tap-dancing synths, and cheerleader chants, though, the Brooklyn duo sound more… Lightning Feel-good music can be annoying if you're not, y'know, feeling good. Even with handclaps, tap-dancing synths, and cheerleader chants, though, the Brooklyn duo sound more… 2012-10-02 Matt and Kim Pop Fader
Music Review

Lightning (2012)

PUNK ROOTS The feel-good album has just enough attitude to make it work
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PUNK ROOTS The feel-good album has just enough attitude to make it work
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 02, 2012; Lead Performance: Matt and Kim; Genre: Pop; Production: Fader

Feel-good music can be annoying if you're not, y'know, feeling good. Even with handclaps, tap-dancing synths, and cheerleader chants, though, the Brooklyn duo sound more punk than twee in Lightning. 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. ''You think I'm some little phony?'' Matt asks happily. ''Thing is, you don't f---ing know me!'' Only these two could make a total f--- you sound upbeat. B+

Best Tracks:
Tonight
I Wonder
Originally posted Sep 26, 2012 Published in issue #1227 Oct 05, 2012 Order article reprints