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Best Local Single of the Past 12 Months St. Louis 2011 - "All Noise"

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Old Lights, previously the emotionally damaged and musically enrapturing project of the mercurial David Beeman, emerged as a complete, stable band with this year's Like Strangers. Its six songs unfold like a Greek tragedy, and the EP reaches its dire peak on "All Noise." The song opens with an unstoppable grand-piano-and-guitar hook and builds through peeling harmony and a series of stark verses to a screaming freakout. The band released "All Noise" as a limited run CD single, and the B-side, "We Laid Down," is the first Old Lights song written and fronted by bassist and backup vocalist Kit Hamon. It's a pop gem that fits surprisingly well with the rest of the band's material, and it's the best proof of the newfound cohesion of Old Lights' spectacularly talented parts.

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