Review : Headlights - Some Racing, Some Stopping
AllmusicHeadlights' second album Some Racing, Some Stopping is a whole bunch of fun. The group builds on the promise of their first album and consolidates their strengths into a peppy, pretty and satisfying romp through ten songs that will have fans of light and breezy indie pop smiling like crazy. The album is split between up-tempo tracks perfect for indie night at your local teen club, happy go lucky songs with glockenspiels, and sweeter than sugar ballads that might nudge your heartstrings but never tug too hard. All delivered with a huge cheery cherry on top in the form of Erin Fein's feather light and lovely vocals (though Tristian Wright's aren't bad but they are more workmanlike where hers are heavenly)....full text
CokemachineglowThere is something to be said for the music of Headlights. This much is obvious—the music enchants, plainly, on first listen and more with each subsequent spin. It is a balanced record in tempo and mood with a confident smattering of sonic embellishments. I like it a lot. Most people who have heard it seem to.
But it could be damned, accurately, in a sentence, a shell-shot right to its cred-pumping indie heart. I could call it emo. You could argue against it, but we’d have a fight. (I’d win.) ...full text
PopmattersWith Some Racing, Some Stopping, the Champaign, Illinois trio Headlights steps away from the indie rock of its previous two efforts and jumps headlong into… indie pop territory. Gone are Tristan Wraight’s crunchy guitar chords and Erin Fein’s art song proclivities. In their place are eleven atmospheric tracks that flirt with classic pop, dream pop, girl group stylings, psychedelia and even bubblegum. Unlike the band’s previous two efforts, the Enemies EP and the 2006 CD Kill Them with Kindness, this disc isn’t something you’ll want to play loud. Instead, you’ll want to play it endlessly because the songs are first-rate, the songs are wonderful and…did we mention how good these new songs are?...full text
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