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  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Highline Records
  • ASIN: B007AUD75I
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Message on the Wire 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Are We Gonna Work it Out 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Endless Town 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Red Lights 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Waterwell 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. You Won't Be There 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Hundred Needle Pins 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Relate to You 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Ballad of Kurt Vile #2 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Tell Us All About It0:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Here Comes the Son 6:04£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

When musical polymath Shai Halperin sat at a creaky piano in his Philadelphia home and began
shaping the chords to what would become the album s most haunting track, Waterwell , he had no
idea his demo would serve as the foundation for a new band, a new vision, and our new favourite
album. But Shai was confident he d captured a spark. He began recording, playing all the instruments
himself, and Sweet Lights was born.
Shai Halperin cut his teeth as the leader of The Capitol Years, enjoying varied critical accolades
including a Radcliffe and Maconie Single of the Week with Revolutions , a live session on BBC
Radio 2 with Bob Harris, a barnstorming set at Glastonbury Festival, and high praise from Rolling
Stone and Pitchfork.
Shai s journey as The Capitol Years morphed from a bedroom pop experiment into a five-piece band
that saw War On Drugs Adam Granduciel and David Hartley spending time as Capitol Years members.
A brief Clapton/Page/Beck-like period even featured Shai playing guitar alongside Kurt Vile and
Granduciel in an early War On Drugs line-up. The Capitol Years toured the US extensively supporting
the likes of The Walkmen, the Pixies and Daniel Johnston. Shai s cover version of Johnston's "True
Love Will Find You in the End" lead to a close working relationship with the legendary outsider artist,
and The Capitol Years were recruited for several tours both supporting Johnston and performing
backing band duties.
Considerable success as The Capitol Years and several beloved releases later - check out the albums
Meet Yr Acres, Dance Away the Terror and more! - Shai began to feel a creative urge to start anew
with a new name and a new identity. Having played every instrument on the first two Capitol Years
albums, it made poetic sense for Sweet Lights to debut with Shai doing so again.
The fruits of his labour are now ours to relish and share. Sweet Lights, Sweet Lights is a masterful
mixture of dynamic, genre-bending song craft, innovative arrangements and surreal, poignant lyricism.
Shai's work has always been that of a shape-shifting pop auteur, so there's no need to set your player
to shuffle. Sweet Lights retains this singular, yet multi-faceted personality, held together with supreme
pop hooks.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clara Rockmore on 1 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
From start to finish this album weaves a spellbinding musical narrative, touching on themes of nostalgia, fidelity, self-reflection and longing. Endless Town instantly calls to mind the long, summer days of my suburban youth. Waterwell stands out for its haunting beauty, and You Won't Be There is an evocative ballad of longing, laced with touches of Roy Orbison's swagger. While retro influences and kaleidoscopic production from the Beatles to Pink Floyd work their way into Sweet Lights's songs, Shai Halperin has a completely original aesthetic sensibility, and this album is a testament to his beautiful songcraft.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fitzroy Pete on 1 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album following a positive review in Uncut. From start to finish I'm really enjoying it, the stand out track for me is Endless Town but the whole thing works well together, with a chilled out slightly psychedelic feel reminiscent (but not derivative of) the Beatles later works.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
Beautiful album 29 Dec. 2012
By J. C. Means - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
My son turned me on to Shai Halperin and this album is one of my favorites of this past year. He is so talented and his music is a treasure. If you like indie/singer/songwriter stuff you will LOVE this..
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