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Lights Out
     

Lights Out

by Ingrid Michaelson
 

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Ingrid Michaelson's sixth studio album, 2014's Lights Out, is a polished, well-produced effort that magnifies all of the sounds and lyrical themes she's been working with since breaking through with 2007's Girls and Boys. Michaelson even seems to reference that album with her Lights Out lead single, the infectious "Girls Chase Boys." However,

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Ingrid Michaelson's sixth studio album, 2014's Lights Out, is a polished, well-produced effort that magnifies all of the sounds and lyrical themes she's been working with since breaking through with 2007's Girls and Boys. Michaelson even seems to reference that album with her Lights Out lead single, the infectious "Girls Chase Boys." However, where Girls and Boys centered around Michaelson's intimate ukulele and acoustic guitar-driven dorm room pop, Lights Out features a broadened sonic palette and a much more robust vocal performance; it's a transformation she's been perfecting since 2009's Everybody and 2012's Human Again. This time out, Michaelson has enlisted a handful of producers who include, among others, her bandmate bassist Chris Kuffner, Jacquire King (Modest Mouse, Norah Jones), and singer/songwriter Katie Herzig. Michaelson even reunites with longtime collaborator Dan Romer for the epic ballad "Over You," featuring A Great Big World. While there are a few of Michaelson's trademark intimate breakup songs here, including the tear-inducing "Open Hands," overall the album reveals Michaelson to be in a bright, upbeat state of mind. Cuts like the bluesy, handclap-heavy "Warpath" and the similarly fiery "Time Machine," with its '90s-esque sax samples, are more emblematic of the album's ambitious, empowered tone. Elsewhere, we get the catchy dance-pop duet "One Night Town" with Mat Kearney and the uplifting anthem "Afterlife." There's also a very in-the-moment feeling of both poignancy and happiness to Lights Out, which is perhaps best expressed in the midtempo Beatlesque ballad "Wonderful Unknown," featuring Michaelson's husband, singer/songwriter Greg Laswell. In it, Michaelson ruminates on the small details of her everyday life, singing "We make bread on Sundays and the little ones are climbing the walls/Up the walls/Nothing lasts forever but the sound of love astounds me every time that it calls." Ultimately, on Lights Out, Michaelson has captured that sound of love.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2014
Label:
Mom & Pop Music
UPC:
0888174537429
catalogNumber:
151
Rank:
13389

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Performance Credits

Ingrid Michaelson   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Omnichord,Foot Stomping
Eric Darken   Percussion
Jeremy Bose   Keyboards
Brian Lee   Bass,Background Vocals
Stephen Leiweke   Electric Guitar
Jacquire King   Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Cason Cooley   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tony Lucido   Bass
Trent Dabbs   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mat Kearney   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Katie Herzig   Synthesizer,Celeste,Background Vocals
Lelia Broussard   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jeremy Lutito   Drums
C.J. Camerieri   Trumpet,French Horn
Nadim Issa   Wurlitzer
Kevin May   Vocals
Mick Lynch   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Adam Pallin   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bess Rogers   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Gabe Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer,Lap Steel Guitar
Ian Axel   Piano,Vocals
Elliot Jacobson   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Chris Kuffner   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hand Clapping,Omnichord,E-bow,Synthesizer Bass,Foot Stomping,Guitar (Tenor)
Adam Christgau   Percussion
Allie Moss   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Lynn Grossman   Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping
Dan Romer   Bass
Saul Simon MacWilliams   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Trumpet,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer,Foot Stomping
Nathan Dugger   Guitar
Chad Vaccarino   Vocals
Cara Fox   Cello
Wendy Parr   Background Vocals
Jesse Kuffner   Violin,Cello
Hannah Winkler   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Felicia J. Hudson   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Orphanage String Quartet   Strings

Technical Credits

Eric Darken   Programming
Barry Dean   Composer
Billy Bowers   Engineer
Jeremy Bose   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brian Lee   Composer,Whistle
F. Reid Shippen   Programming,Additional Production
Stephen Leiweke   Engineer
Jacquire King   Producer,Engineer
Ken Rich   Engineer
Cason Cooley   Programming,Producer
Trent Dabbs   Composer
Mat Kearney   Programming,Additional Production
Katie Herzig   Producer
Ingrid Michaelson   Composer,Additional Production
Nadim Issa   Engineer
Kevin May   Composer
Mick Lynch   Composer
Adam Pallin   Composer,drum programming,Additional Production
Brad Bivens   Engineer
Ian Axel   Composer
Chris Kuffner   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dan Romer   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Busbee   Composer
Matt Kearney   Composer
Chad Vaccarino   Composer
Drew Guido   Engineer
Christopher Allen   Engineer

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