Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

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Falling off the Lavender Bridge
Studio album by Lightspeed Champion
Released 21 January 2008
Recorded 2007
ARC Studios, Omaha, Nebraska
Genre Indie rock, folk
Length 43:00
Label Domino
Producer Mike Mogis
Lightspeed Champion chronology
Garageband Xmas EP
Falling off the Lavender Bridge
Album in a Day 2
Singles from Falling off the Lavender Bridge
  1. "Galaxy of the Lost"
    Released: 16 July 2007
  2. "Midnight Surprise"
    Released: 15 October 2007
  3. "Tell Me What It's Worth"
    Released: 14 January 2008
  4. "Galaxy of the Lost (Re-Release)"
    Released: 12 May 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound (6/10)[3]
NME (9/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (6.3/10)[5]
PopMatters (6/10)[6]

Falling off the Lavender Bridge is the debut album by British artist Lightspeed Champion, which was released on 21 January 2008.[7] The album features the singles "Galaxy of the Lost", "Midnight Surprise" and "Tell Me What It's Worth".[8]


Devonté Hynes, the main musician in Lightspeed Champion, flew to Omaha, Nebraska in early 2007 to flesh out the songs that he'd written with Mike Mogis, resident producer for Saddle Creek records and a member of Bright Eyes. He stayed there for several months in a guest house decorated by Mogis and Conor Oberst. An assortment of musicians came around to hang out and ended up playing on the record including Mogis himself, trumpet player and pianist Nate Walcott, The Faint's drummer Clark Baechle and guest vocalist Emmy the Great—along with moonlighting members of Cursive and Tilly and the Wall.[9]

According to Hynes, the album is in two halves; a mixture of his dreams and life experiences. The lavender in the album title refers to a toy frog (made from lavender) Hynes' mother gave to him as a child to help him sleep.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Number One" 0:25
2. "Galaxy of the Lost" 3:58
3. "Tell Me What It's Worth" 2:41
4. "All to Shit" 1:12
5. "Midnight Surprise" 9:56
6. "Devil Tricks for a Bitch" 4:40
7. "I Could Have Done This Myself" 3:26
8. "Salty Water" 2:26
9. "Dry Lips" 3:46
10. "Everyone I Know Is Listening to Crunk" 3:03
11. "Let the Bitches Die" 2:38
12. "No Surprise (for Wendela)/Midnight Surprise" 5:06


Hynes claims "I Could Have Done This Myself" is "about losing [his] virginity" going on to state, "which is why it's called I Could Have Done This Myself. I later realised that it was actually referring to the second time I had sex; the first time was so traumatic I'd just blanked it out of my memory."

"Dry Lips" describes the last time Hynes - who has to lead a relatively sober life because of stomach ulcers - had a hangover.

The 'Wendela' mentioned in the name of the final track ("No Surprise (For Wendela)") is a reference to Hynes' mother. [9]



Charts (2008)[11] Peak
UK Albums Chart 45
French Albums Chart 105


  1. ^ "Falling Off The Lavender Bridge by Lightspeed Champion". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  4. ^ NME.COM. "Lightspeed Champion: Falling Off The Lavender bridge - NME.COM". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ "Music Reviews, Features, Essays, News, Columns, Blogs, MP3s and Videos - PopMatters". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Play.com listing". Play.com. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  8. ^ "Amazon.co.uk listing". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  9. ^ a b "Domino Records page". Domino Records. Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  10. ^ "An Introduction To Lightspeed Champion (video)". YouTube. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  11. ^ "Lightspeed Champion - Falling Off The Lavender Bridge - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 

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