Siberia (Lights album)

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Siberia
Studio album by Lights
Released October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
Recorded 2010–2011
Metalworks Studios
(Mississauga, Ontario)
Genre
Length 57:01
Label Lights Music, Last Gang
Producer
Lights chronology
Acoustic
(2010)
Siberia
(2011)
Siberia (Remixed)
(2012)
Singles from Siberia
  1. "Everybody Breaks a Glass"
    Released: July 19, 2011
  2. "Toes"
    Released: August 16, 2011
  3. "Where the Fence Is Low"
    Released: January 31, 2012
Webstore Deluxe Edition cover
Deluxe edition cover

Siberia is the second studio album by Canadian recording artist Lights. It was released worldwide on October 4, 2011, with the exception of Australia, where it was released on October 28. Production was handled by Tawgs Salter and Canadian electronic band Holy Fuck, while featuring guest vocals from Canadian rapper Shad on two of the album's tracks. Musically, Siberia has been described as being "grittier" and "darker" whilst also incorporating "poppier moments", and while the album still uses prominent elements of synthpop, it also features influences of other genres such as dubstep and hip-hop.[1]

The album has received generally positive reviews from music critics, with some commending Lights' vocal performance as well as the album's heavier and more mature sound, while others criticized its lack of variety. It debuted at No. 3 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling more than 10,000 in its first week,[2] while also peaking at No. 47 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.[3][4][5] It received a Juno Award nomination for Pop Album of the Year on February 7, 2012. It was certified gold on April 27, 2012 in Canada, denoting sales in excess of 40,000.[6][7] The album spawned the singles "Everybody Breaks a Glass", "Toes", and "Where the Fence Is Low".[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100)[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 7.5/10 stars[10]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[11]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[12]
Toronto Star 3/4 stars[13]

Siberia received generally positive reviews from music critics, with some commending Lights' vocal performance as well as the album's heavier and more mature sound, while others criticized its reliance on formula. Matt Collar from Allmusic gave it a positive review, saying "The album is a blissful, laser-toned experience where Poxleitner's sweet voice is expertly wrapped in stylish, multicolored hues of fluorescent keyboard squelch and bass guitar shimmer."[14] Drew Beringer from AbsolutePunk also gave it a positive review, calling it "one of the better electro-pop albums of 2011, one that will stimulate your senses and rope you in with its instantaneous catchiness."[12] Alternative Press gave the album a mixed review, saying "The bulk of the album's 14 tracks find her playing it safe with a helium-voiced squeak reminiscent of (take your pick) Gwen Stefani, Santigold, Kate Bush or Cyndi Lauper."[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Siberia"   4:19
2. "Where the Fence is Low"  
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:24
3. "Toes"   Poxleitner
  • Lights
  • Salter
  • Holy Fuck
3:19
4. "Banner"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
  • Holy Fuck
3:37
5. "Everybody Breaks a Glass" (featuring Holy Fuck and Shad)
  • Lights
  • Salter
  • Holy Fuck
3:55
6. "Heavy Rope"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
  • Holy Fuck
3:59
7. "Timing Is Everything"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
  • Holy Fuck
3:16
8. "Peace Sign"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Dave Thomson
  • Lights
  • Thomson
  • Salter
3:20
9. "Cactus in the Valley"   Poxleitner
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:23
10. "Suspension"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
  • Holy Fuck
4:04
11. "Flux and Flow" (featuring Shad)
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Parsons
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:20
12. "Fourth Dimension"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Thomson
  • Lights
  • Salter
  • Thomson
  • Holy Fuck
3:27
13. "...And Counting"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Thomson
  • Lights
  • Thomson
4:42
14. "Day One"  
  • Poxleitner
  • Borcherdt
  • Walsh
  • Lights
  • Holy Fuck
8:58
Total length:
57:01

[19]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United States[8] October 4, 2011 Last Gang, Lights Music
Canada[8] Universal Music, Lights Music
Worldwide[8]
Australia[20] October 28, 2011

Chart and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lights announces October release for new album 'Siberia' | News". Nme.Com. Aug 5, 2011. Retrieved Nov 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ John Williams (Oct 12, 2011). "CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Feist : Feist, Lights brighten up charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Music Albums, Top 200 Albums & Music Album Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "LIGHTS' Billboard Debut - latest music news on R o c k o l .COM" (in Italian). Rockol.com. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "LIGHTS' Billboard Debut - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ jeremythebug on Apr 27, 2012 (Apr 27, 2012). "Siberia Goes Gold! | Lights – Siberia". Music.iamlights.com. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lights Sophomore Release "Siberia" Is Certified Gold! | Universal Music Canada". Universalmusic.ca. Apr 27, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "LIGHTS' New Album Siberia Out October 4th!". iamlights.com. iamlights.com. Retrieved 8-4-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Critic Reviews for Siberia". Metacritic. Mar 14, 2012. Retrieved Nov 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "LIGHTS - Siberia - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. Oct 4, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Lights - Siberia. Allmusic. Retrieved Oct 3, 2011
  12. ^ a b c "Alternative Press | Reviews | LIGHTS - Siberia". Altpress.com. Oct 17, 2011. Retrieved Nov 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ Ben Rayner (Oct 3, 2011). "Cuff the Duke's roots get raucous; Lights brings the beats". Toronto Star. Retrieved Oct 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ Collar, Matt (Oct 4, 2011). "Siberia - Lights : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved Nov 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Siberia (Deluxe) on iTunes". itunes.com. Retrieved 8-16-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. ^ "Siberia Bundle Preorders". iamlights.com. Retrieved 8-16-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  17. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Lights announces October release for new album 'Siberia'", NME, Aug 5, 2011. Retrieved Aug 7, 2011
  20. ^ "LIGHTS 'SIBERIA' - JUNO AWARD WINNING SONGSTRESS TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM IN AUSTRALIA OCTOBER 28". 
  21. ^ John Williams (Oct 12, 2011). "CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Feist : Feist, Lights brighten up charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved Nov 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/307201/lights/chart
  23. ^ jeremythebug on Apr 27, 2012 (Apr 27, 2012). "Siberia Goes Gold! | Lights – Siberia". Music.iamlights.com. Retrieved Nov 16, 2012.