The Listening (Lights album)

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The Listening
Lights thelistening cover.png
Studio album by Lights
Released September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)
Recorded 2006–09
The Salt Room Studios
The Red Room Studios
(St. Catharines, Ontario)
Sony ATV Launch Pad Studios
(Toronto, Ontario)
Chalice Recording Studios
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length 43:18
Label
Producer
  • Lights
  • Thomas "Tawgs" Salter
  • Dave "Dwave" Thomson
Lights chronology
Lights
(2008)Lights2008
The Listening
(2009)
Acoustic
(2010)Acoustic2010
Singles from The Listening
  1. "Saviour"
    Released: July 13, 2009
  2. "Ice"
    Released: October 12, 2009
  3. "Second Go"
    Released: February 16, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard positive[2]
Blogcritics positive[3]
CHARTattack 4/5[4]
NME 2/10[5]
PopMatters 8/10[6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[7]
Toronto Star 2.5/4 stars[8]

The Listening is the debut studio album by Canadian recording artist Lights. It was released on September 22, 2009 by Sire Records, with global distribution handled by parent Warner Music Group, although in Lights' native Canada the album is released instead by Universal Music Canada under licence. By July 2017, the album was certified platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), denoting sales in excess of 80,000 copies.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Saviour"
  • Lights Poxleitner
  • Thomas "Tawgs" Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:29
2. "Drive My Soul"
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:21
3. "River"
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:04
4. "The Listening"
  • Poxleitner
  • Dave "Dwave" Thomson
  • Lights
  • Thomson
3:36
5. "Ice"
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
2:56
6. "Pretend" Poxleitner
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:23
7. "The Last Thing on Your Mind" Poxleitner
  • Lights
  • Thomson
3:20
8. "Second Go" Poxleitner
  • Lights
  • Thomson
3:16
9. "February Air"
  • Poxleitner
  • Thomson
  • Lights
  • Thomson
3:49
10. "Face Up"
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:26
11. "Lions!"
  • Poxleitner
  • Salter
  • Lights
  • Salter
3:18
12. "Quiet"
  • Poxleitner
  • Thomson
  • Lights
  • Thomson
3:15
13. "Pretend (Reprise)" Poxleitner Lights 3:05
Total length: 43:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Lights – vocals, production (all tracks); mixing (track 13); layout, design
  • The Angry Kids – additional production, remixing (track 15)
  • Garnet Armstrong – layout, design
  • João Carvalho – mastering
  • Caitlin Cronenberg – photography
  • Matt Green – engineering
  • Colin Munroe – remixing (track 14)
  • Thomas "Tawgs" Salter – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 14, 15); mixing (tracks 2, 3, 6, 10, 11, 14, 15)
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing (tracks 1, 5)
  • Dave "Dwave" Thomson – production, mixing (tracks 4, 7–9, 12, 16)
  • Lee Towndrow – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009-10) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[12] 7
Greek Albums (IFPI)[13] 34
US Billboard 200[14] 129
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[15] 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 80,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Canada September 22, 2009[17] Universal Music, Lights Music
United States October 6, 2009[1] Sire Records, Lights Music
United Kingdom May 17, 2010[18] Warner Bros. Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Collar, Matt. "The Listening – Lights". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ Sutherland, Mark (October 9, 2009). "Lights, "The Listening"". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Jordan (October 5, 2009). "Music Review: Lights – The Listening". Blogcritics. Technorati. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Harper, Kate (October 7, 2009). "LIGHTS – The Listening". CHARTattack. Chart Communications. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ Pia, Camilla (March 24, 2010). "Album review: Lights – 'The Listening' (Warners)". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Fairall, Jer (January 29, 2010). "Lights: The Listening". PopMatters. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ Driver, David (September 29, 2009). "Lights – The Listening". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ Rayner, Ben (September 22, 2009). "Lights: The Listening". Toronto Star. Torstar. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification". Canadian Recording Industry Association. October 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Felgueiras, Tony (November 19, 2010). "LIGHTS Golden". Toro. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Listening (Bonus Track Version) by Lights". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Lights – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Lights. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Greekcharts.com – Lights – The Listening". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Lights – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Lights. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "Lights – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Lights. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Lights – The Listening". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "LISTENING by LIGHTS". HMV Canada. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Lights: Listening". HMV. Retrieved January 25, 2011.