Acoustic (Lights EP)

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EP by Lights
Released July 20, 2010
Recorded 2010
Length 17:22
Label Sire
Producer Lights
Lights chronology
The Listening
(2009)The Listening2009

Acoustic[1][2] (also referred to as Lights.Acoustic) is the second extended play (EP) by Canadian musician Lights. It was released in Canada on July 20, 2010.[3]


The AllMusic review by Andrew Leahey awarded the album 3 stars stating "When Lights released her debut album, The Listening, in 2009, she almost seemed like the female equivalent of Owl City: a young adult performing cute, sparkling electro-pop with the assistance of a few synthesizers and a swarm of MySpace fans. She also co-produced the album, whose lush, layered sound sometimes put more emphasis on the production than the music itself. This acoustic EP takes the opposite approach by dialing back the instruments and focusing on Lights’ voice, presenting each song as if it were written for a coffee shop rather than an arena. Stripped of their production, the five tracks show that Lights is a fairly talented songwriter, and the three selections that also appeared on The Listening still fare well in a stripped-down, back-to-basics format. Bonus: Lights tosses a cover of Rancid’s “Fall Back Down” into the mix, proving that she’s not as innocent as her dreamy pop songs might suggest."[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
AbsolutePunk 8.5/10 stars

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "River"
  • Lights Poxleitner
  • Thomas Salter
2. "February Air"
  • Poxleitner
  • Dave Thomson
3. "Fall Back Down" (Rancid cover) 3:00
4. "Saviour"
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
5. "Romance Is..." Poxleitner 3:58
Total length: 17:22


  • João Carvalho – mastering
  • Lights– vocals, guitar, engineer, mixing, producer,


Chart (2010) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[5] 7
US Billboard 200[6] 122
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[7] 2


  1. ^ "Acoustic: The Lights: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - Acoustic - EP by Lights". 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  3. ^ "LIGHTS.ACOUSTIC. Out Now!". 2010-07-20. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ a b Leahey, A. AllMusic Review accessed May 9, 2011
  5. ^ "Lights Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Lights Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Lights Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2016.