With Britney mired in a custody battle and Jessica out of the spotlight, there’s finally room for another radio-friendly pop starlet. But this one, Ontario-born Lights, does what others failed to do – she successfully straddles the line between dance club cred and mass-appeal pop.
Lights, who only goes by her stage name, might sound a lot like Spears crossed with Madonna, but her songs aren’t sappy, hypersexual hired-gun concoctions. Instead, they’re well-crafted electro-infused pop tracks that would sound great at both Circa and the Dance Cave. Opener Ice is easily the six-song EP’s best track. Its pounding bass and intense but infectious vocals should make this an instant hit. While the other songs aren’t quite as upbeat, almost all of them are single-worthy.
It’ll be interesting to see where Lights goes from here. She’s got the chops to be huge, especially if more stuff like Ice is what we’ll hear on her full-length.
Lights plays the Sound Academy Friday (April 25).