Single Review: Lena – Traffic Lights

Lena Traffic Lights cover a bit of pop music

Lena chooses electro pop path on new single
Does the name Lena Meyer-Landrut ring a bell? Maybe not, but you might remember her as the young German girl that won the Eurovision Song Contest for Germany in 2010 with the uber catchy song ‘Satellite’. The song became a hit in Europe and the next year she participated again, this time with the exciting and unusual pop song ‘Taken By A Stranger’ and managed to finish in top 10 again. Ever since, she released one more successful album in Germany, but then things got a bit quiet musically. Luckily she is back with a new album later this spring and we can now listen to the first single, called ‘Traffic Lights’.

In 2012, Lena released what was arguably the best single from her career so far, called ‘Stardust’ from the album with the same name. This adventurous pop song established her as one of Germany’s biggest pop stars, so this definitely is a tough act to follow with a new lead single, but she does come close. With ‘Traffic Lights’ she chooses a more electronic sound, which suits her voice well. The overall sound of the track is very contemporary and should easily be a hit for her. The chorus is quite the earworm and is very easy to sing along. If she had performed this at Eurovision this year, she definitely would have brought success to the country once again.

What is striking, is that the song is stylistically similar to a lot of British pop star Ellie Goulding’s material, who by the way penned two tracks for Lena’s first two albums (‘Not Following’ and ‘Who’d Want To Find Love’). The middle eight of ‘Traffic Lights’ is the moment were you might might think: ‘Ellie, is that you?’, but that is never a bad thing, right? Right! The single was premiered in March and officially released in May. The fourth album Crystal Sky will be released on the 15th of May. I am curious to hear what this new direction from her will bring us!

Update: The beautiful video for ‘Traffic Lights’ was finally premiered on the 30th of April. Watch it below.

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