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LIGHTS: The ListeningThe Listening (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 1.5
Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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Listening to Valerie Poxleitner's creative vehicle, LIGHTS, I can’t help but feel a little bit swindled. Somehow, some way, she has been associated with the underground music scene, even being featured on Silverstein’s last album. Yet, actually hearing The Listening coming through my speakers, I couldn't begin to tell you why such an association is made. If hardcore in the punk context means “music by people like us” this is definitely music by “them.” This is vacuous and disposable pop that offends the ears at every chance; I feel like I have to take a shower in acid-spitting bees with chainsaw teeth in order to remove its stench from my existence. This isn’t bad because it is pop music, though -- it is bad because it is pure drudgery to listen to.
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