online listen
suffering from sameness
of the dozing off variety
was ok for a few tracks
1.3 from me and a converted 2.4 from the pros at allmusic

from the album - Sweetness In Her Spark

released Apr 17th, 2012

Bio - from allmusic

The solo project from Teenage Fanclub bassist/vocalist Gerard Love, Lightships make melodic folk- and rock-
inflected pop. Centering around Love's vocals, songwriting, and guitar playing, Lightships also features
contributions from Tom Crossley of International Airport and the Pastels, Dave McGowan, a member of TFC's touring
band, and Bob Kildea of Belle & Sebastian, as well as original Teenage Fanclub drummer Brendan O'Hare. Lightships
released its debut album, Electric Cables, on Geographic in 2012.

Album Review - from allmusic

After over 20 years playing in Teenage Fanclub and a few playing with the Pastels, Lightships is Gerard Love's
first crack at a solo career. Gathering up friends like Bob Kildea from Belle & Sebastian, Tom Crossley of
International Airport, and original TFC drummer Brendan O'Hare, Love spent time between TFC records and tours
crafting a beguiling album that has roots in the chiming guitar pop sound he helped create but is far more
atmospheric and low-key. Love's songs in the Fanclub are often the band's most direct and powerfully pop, but on
Electric Cables he approaches the songs much more subtly, burying the rhythm guitars deep in the mix and adding all
kinds of sound on top. His (and Dave McGowan's) guitar lines snake around the melodies gracefully, Crossley's flute
floats through like a peaceful bird, and the album is swimming in tremolo and delay but not so much that it buries
the beauty of Love's melodies and the heartwarming quality his vocals (both alone and in harmony) effortlessly
transmit. A good reference point to the sound of Lightships would be "Vivid Youth," the enchanting song Love co-
wrote on the Pastels/Tenniscoats album Two Sunsets. Like that song, the bulk of the album here has a late-autumn
feel, very pastoral and peaceful with only the stray loud chorus (as on the uplifting "Silver and Gold") to break
the mood a little. Even the tracks that up the tempo and/or dynamics a little (like "Stretching Out" or the truly
lovely "Sweetness in Her Spark") are so coated in flutey atmosphere that they seem quietly dozy in the best
possible way. Love's introspective lyrics and comforting voice are a half-made bed beckoning you back for a late-
afternoon nap; the sound of the record is like the warm and cozy comforter on that bed. Shaking loose of the sweet
and calming spell the album casts is as hard as waking up on a stormy fall afternoon. Electric Cables is the best
record to come out of the TFC camp in a long time; the other guys in the band will no doubt be justifiably proud of
Gerard's artistic success, but might also be wondering why he didn't save some of the songs and sonic imagination
for the group's next outing. Regardless of how his bandmates might feel, those who like their indie pop filled with
soft light and tender beauty will fall in love with this album quite easily.

Track Listing

1. Two Lines
2. Muddy Rivers
3. Sweetness in Her Spark
4. Every Blossom
5. Silver and Gold
6. The Warmth of the Sun
7. Girasol
8. Stretching Out
9. Photosynthesis
10. Sunlight to the Dawn