Light Years contains enough cathartic middle-aged housewife anthems to have soccer moms smiling the entire drive to school. Valentine proves a capable songwriter, and there are few glimpses of her past on the album, proving that even pop icons have to grow up sometime. "[My songs] tend to be philosophical and expressive of my views on life and the human condition," she says. "I don't write too many lovesick tunes anymore!"
Thanks to the Go-Go's relatively light touring schedule, Valentine has been able to experiment with other media; she has a reality show in production with co-Go-Go Charlotte Caffey and sister '80s trivia answer, Vicki Peterson of the Bangles. Factor in the pressure of being a wife and mother, and one marvels that Valentine isn't reaching for the Xanax. "I make it all work," she says, "and love being busy, creative, and productive."