Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You

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Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You
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Studio album by Lightspeed Champion
Released 15 February 2010 (2010-02-15)
Recorded 2008–2009
Mission Sound, Brooklyn, NY
Genre Indie rock, folk
Length 49:50
Label Domino
Producer Ben Allen, Devonté Hynes
Lightspeed Champion chronology
House-Sitting Songs
(2009)House-Sitting Songs2009
Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You
Singles from Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You
  1. "Marlene"
    Released: 25 January 2010
  2. "Madame Van Damme"
    Released: 10 May 2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars[3]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[5]
Clash (8/10)[6]
Soundblab (7/10)[7]

Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You is the second album by British artist Lightspeed Champion, released on 15 February 2010 in the UK, and 16 February 2010 in the US,[8] although it was originally to be released on 1 February 2010,[9][10] before being pushed back.


The album began recording in late 2008 in Brooklyn with main Lightspeed Champion musician Dev Hynes and producer Ben Allen (known for his recent work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and The Constellations), though it soon had to take a hiatus due a throat surgery Dev was required to undertake. It was then tracked within nine days at the beginning of March. Dev periodically posted five "studio reports" on his YouTube channel between 25 December 2008 and 18 March 2009.

"Smooth Day (at the Library)" originally appeared as a track on his EP, Album In A Day 2, then called simply "smooth day".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Devonté Hynes, except where noted.

Standard edition CD (WIGCD235), LP (WIGLP235), digital download (WIG235D)
No. Title Length
1. "Dead Head Blues" 4:07
2. "Marlene" 3:50
3. "There's Nothing Underwater" 4:44
4. "Intermission" 1:23
5. "Faculty of Fears" 5:14
6. "The Big Guns of Highsmith" 4:26
7. "Romart" 3:30
8. "I Don’t Want to Wake Up Alone" 2:29
9. "Madame Van Damme" 3:13
10. "Smooth Day (at the Library)" 3:46
11. "Intermission 2" 0:38
12. "Sweetheart" 4:38
13. "Etude Op.3 ‘Goodnight Michalek’" 1:49
14. "Middle of the Dark" 4:15
15. "A Bridge and a Goodbye" 1:47

Release history[edit]

Date Country Label
15 February 2010 (2010-02-15) United Kingdom Domino Records (WIG235)
16 February 2010 (2010-02-16) United States/Canada Domino Records (DNO254)


  • Devonté Hynes – vocals, main instrumentation, composition, arrangement
  • Spacecamp (Jon Wiley, Steven Mertens, Chris Egan, Omar Shamesh) – additional instrumentation, group male vocals
  • Michael Siddel – violin, additional strings
  • Jon Webber – violin
  • Jesse Reagen – cello
  • Sally Wall - oboe
  • Ben Allen - production, recording, mixing


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