Blue Lights on the Runway

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Blue Lights on the Runway
Bellx1 albumcover.jpg
Studio album by Bell X1
Released 20 February 2009 (2009-02-20)
Recorded November 2008, Ireland
Genre Rock
Length 54:42
Language English
Label BellyUp
Producer Roger Bechirian
Bell X1 chronology
Blue Lights on the Runway
Bloodless Coup
(2011)Bloodless Coup2011
Singles from Blue Lights on the Runway
  1. "The Great Defector"
    Released: 30 January 2009
  2. "The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella"
    Released: 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100 link
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Planet Sound 8/10 stars link

Blue Lights On The Runway is the fourth studio album by Irish band Bell X1. It was released in Ireland on 20 February 2009, and on March 3, 2009, in North America. It is a Choice Music Prize nominated album for Best Irish album in 2009.

The first single from the album was "The Great Defector" (30 January 2009 in Ireland and 3 February 2009, in the UK and the US).

The album's title comes from a line of the lyrics of The Great Defector: "Blue lights on the runway, I love the colour of it all."

It has been certified Platinum in Ireland with record sales exceeding 15,000.

Critical reception[edit]

The album has been met with much acclaim, and has a Metacritic score of 73/100. Allmusic gave the album 4/5, whilst Planet Sound gave it 8/10.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella" – 5:27
  2. "How Your Heart Is Wired" – 6:14
  3. "The Great Defector" – 4:40
  4. "Blow Ins" – 4:36
  5. "Amelia" – 6:58
  6. "A Better Band" – 6:35
  7. "Breastfed" – 4:11
  8. "Light Catches Your Face" – 5:44
  9. "One Stringed Harp" – 5:12
  10. "The Curtains Are Twitchin'" – 5:08


Chart (2009) Peak
Irish Albums Chart
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums chart