Lights Out (Ingrid Michaelson album)

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Lights Out
IngridMichaelsonLightsOut.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 15, 2014 (2014-04-15)
GenreIndie pop
Length54:26
Label
ProducerChris Kuffner, Cason Cooley, Katie Herzig, Jacquire King, Jeremy Bose, Dan Romer
Ingrid Michaelson chronology
Human Again
(2012)
Lights Out
(2014)
It Doesn't Have to Make Sense
(2016)
Singles from Lights Out
  1. "Girls Chase Boys"
    Released: February 4, 2014
  2. "Afterlife"
    Released: October 2, 2014
  3. "Time Machine"
    Released: February 19, 2015

Lights Out is the sixth studio album by Ingrid Michaelson, released on April 15, 2014 through Cabin 24 Records under exclusive license to Mom + Pop Music.[1] It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 37,000 copies in its first week.[2] The lead single from the album, "Girls Chase Boys", was released on February 4, 2014.[3] The second single from the album, "Afterlife", was released on October 2, 2014.[4] The third single, "Time Machine", was released on February 19, 2015.[5]

A deluxe edition with an alternate cover and a bonus disc was released on November 11, 2014.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
Boston Globe(positive)[9]
The Oakland Press3/4 stars[10]
PopMatters5/10 stars[11]
Sputnikmusic4/5[12]

Lights Out received positive reviews from music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 74, based on 5 reviews, indicating "generally positive reviews" feedback.[7] AllMusic's Matt Collar rated the album four stars out of five, stating how the release shows "Michaelson has captured that sound of love."[8] At The Oakland Press, Gary Graff rated the album three stars out of four, writing how the release is "filled with emotional heavy lifting", and the LP features "Michaelson's use of choral arrangements throughout is just one of the elements that remind us of what a clever artist she is while also pushing her in fresh directions."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 5, with first-week sales of 37,000 copies.[2] It also debuted at number 2 on Top Rock Albums.[13] It has sold 160,000 copies as of August 2016.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Home"Ingrid Michaelson4:24
2."Girls Chase Boys"
3:41
3."Wonderful Unknown" (featuring Greg Laswell)Michaelson5:01
4."You Got Me" (featuring Storyman)
3:13
5."Warpath"Michaelson2:27
6."Handsome Hands"Michaelson3:26
7."Time Machine"
3:32
8."One Night Town" (featuring Mat Kearney)
  • Michaelson
  • Kearney
3:14
9."Open Hands" (featuring Trent Dabbs)
  • Michaelson
  • Dabbs
4:06
10."Ready to Lose" (featuring Trent Dabbs)
  • Michaelson
  • Dabbs
3:33
11."Stick"
  • Michaelson
  • Dabbs
3:35
12."Afterlife"
4:04
13."Over You" (featuring A Great Big World)4:43
14."Everyone Is Gonna Love Me Now"
  • Michaelson
  • Dabbs
5:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Ian Axelpiano (13), vocals (13)
  • Jeremy Bose – keyboards, programming
  • Leslia Broussard – clapping, background vocals
  • C.J. Camarieri – french horn, trumpet
  • Adam Christgau – percussion
  • Cason Cooley – electric guitar, percussion, piano, programming, synthesizer, background vocals
  • Trent Dabbsacoustic guitar (9,10), vocals (9,10)
  • Eric Darken – percussion, programming
  • Nathan Duggar – electric guitar
  • Cara Fox – cello
  • Lynn Grossman – clapping, stomping
  • Katie Herzigceleste, synthesizer, background vocals
  • Felicia J. Hudson – clapping, background vocals
  • Nadim Issa – Wurlitzer
  • Elliot Jacobson – drums, percussion, stomping
  • Mat Kearney – acoustic guitar, programming, synthesizer, vocals (8)
  • Chad King – vocals (13)
  • Jacquire King – clapping, stomping
  • Chris Kuffner – bass guitar, clapping, e-bow, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tenor guitar, harmonium, omnichord, programming, slide guitar, stomping, synthesizer, synthesizer bass, background vocals
  • Jesse Kuffner – cello, violin
  • Greg Laswell – vocals (3)
  • Brian Lee – bass guitar, background vocals, whistle
  • Stephen Leiweke – electric guitar
  • Tony Lucido – bass guitar
  • Jeremy Lutito – drums
  • Mick Lynch – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Saul Simon MacWilliams – clapping, organ, piano, stomping, synthesizer, trumpet, background vocals, Wurlitzer
  • Kevin May – background vocals
  • Ingrid Michaelson – clapping, omnichord, piano, stomping, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Allie Moss – clapping, background vocals
  • The Orphanage String Quartet – strings
  • Adam Pallin – programming, keyboards, background vocals
  • Wendy Parr – background vocals
  • Bess Rogers – clapping, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, stomping, background vocals
  • Dan Romer – bass guitar
  • Gabe Scott – acoustic guitar, Hammer dulcimer, lap steel guitar
  • F. Reid Shippen – programming
  • Storyman – vocals (4)
  • Hannah Winkler – clapping, background vocals

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[15] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[16] 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 8
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[18] 2
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[19] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard 200[20] 199

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com - Lights Out - Music".
  2. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (April 23, 2014). "'Frozen's 11th Week at No. 1 with Biggest Sales Yet". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Amazon.com - Girls Chase Boys - Ingrid Michaelson - Music".
  4. ^ Michaelson, Ingrid (October 2, 2014). "Ingrid Michaelson on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "Buzzfeed.com - Ingrid Michaelson - Time Machine premier". Buzzfeed. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Collar, Matt (November 11, 2014). "Lights Out [Bonus Tracks] - Ingrid Michaelson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Metacritic. "Critic Reviews for Lights Out". CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Collar, Matt (April 14, 2014). "Lights Out - Ingrid Michaelson : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Morse, Steve (April 14, 2014). "Ingrid Michaelson, 'Lights Out'". Boston Globe. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Graff, Gary (April 11, 2014). "The Listening Room: Ingrid Michaelson, The Birds of Satan and more". The Oakland Press. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Risch, Eric (June 25, 2014). "Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out". PopMatters. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Season, Sowing (April 14, 2014). "Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  13. ^ "Top Rock Albums". Billboard. May 3, 2014.
  14. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  16. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  17. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  18. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  19. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  20. ^ "Billboard 200: Year-end 2014". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2015.

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