Lights – Siberia Acoustic

Siberia was an electronic pop album released in 2011 by Canadian Lights.  The original was great but the new version takes the songs to new heights. Now she has reworked the album or more accurately, Lights has stripped down the songs to their essence.  This acoustic treatment brings to the forefront her voice and the lyrics. Suddenly with the change songs that were not originally stand outs become strengths. Like “Where the Fence Is Low” is stunning in the new format.  Without all the technology and electronic music the emotionality of the song is allowed to come through. “Flux and Flow” now drips of emotion. A different vibe certainly was a great idea. The power of Lights’ voice was a complete surprise to me. It soars, it dips, it is soft, it is powerful, and is always striking. As acoustic tunes it really allows you to see the beauty, complexity and power of the songs. A couple of rather cool guests make appearances. Keep your ears peeled for Owl City on “Cactus in the Valley”, Coeur du Pirate on “Peace Sign” and Max Kerman of The Arkells on the title track, “Siberia”. Valerie Poxleitner aka Lights is a talent to keep your eyes and ears on.

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