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Bright Like Neon Love [Import]

Cut Copy Audio CD
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Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. While the two summers of love were birthed from burdening times, Vietnam and 10 years of Thatcher’s reign, they were one hell of a party. Unprecedented explosions of youth culture which tore down the walls of perception through communal elation and celebration. Cut Copy’s Free Your Mind creates a fantasy of the next youth ... Read more in Amazon's Cut Copy Store

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  • Audio CD (2 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0007Y888U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time Stands Still
2. Future
3. Saturdays
4. Saturdays (Reprise)
5. Going Nowhere
6. Dd-5
7. That Was Just A Dream
8. U U
9. The Twilight
10. Autobahn Music Box
11. Bright Neon Payphone
12. A Dream

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Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the three piece of Dan Whitford (singer/guitarist/electronics), Tim Hoey (guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums) are signed to the hugely influential Modular Records - the same label that has already brought us The Avalanches, Bumblebeez 81, Wolfmother and The Presets. Their debut album, ‘Bright Like Neon Love’, sees garage rock and melodic electronics married perfectly together: imagine Sonic Youth taking on the Pet Shop Boys, or Daft Punk conducting New Order.

Bright Like Neon Love also shares pop’s fascination with matters of the heart, as in the album’s title. Such romantic notions are proffered in ‘Future’, a sprightly example of French-touch electro-pop as played by New Order, with low, dispassionate vocals evocative of half-remembered nostalgia. Indeed, the album is characterised by a hazy affection for teenage days gone by. The new romantic disco of ‘Saturdays’ offers the age-old conundrum of yearning for someone who doesn’t reciprocate your affections, and ‘Saturdays (Reprise)’ is like an updated soundtrack to the sublime stoner flick Dazed And Confused.

The synth-led, sunshine soaked insouciance of ‘Going Nowhere’ is like The Flaming Lips and The Chemical Brothers getting matey again, while ‘That Was Just A Dream’ offers a lazy electro glide that Air would no doubt be impressed by. ‘Autobahn Music Box’ sees Cut Copy’s Boston, America/Fleetwood Mac crush fed through an Ibizan sunset and again displays the band’s uncanny knack of hitting romantic realism on the head: "I watched the sun go down and up again and think of you/You’re just so busy seeing red when all I see is blue." The My Bloody Valentine meets The Go! Team space rock of ‘Bright Neon Payphone’ is rooted in a garage rock intensity, but that’s balanced by the wistful lament of ‘A Dream’ ("You think my life’s a dream/I dream when I’m awake").

And if you were wondering why an album constructed in Australia should bear such an uncanny resemblance to the French body music of Daft Punk et al, then you should know that Bright Like Neon Love was co-produced in Paris by Phillipe Zdar of Motorbass and Cassius fame.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2005 17 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
A mate dragged me along to a Cut Copy show in London a few months ago at Cargo and they were quite simply the most amazing band I'd seen live for a long long time.
Their influences are pretty clear...New Order, Daft Punk, Human League, ELO and French Disco as well as the likes of indie bands like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine. But they were brilliant and next day I ran out to buy their CD...but it wasn't out.
Alas, a month later they've released this debut and the CD is better than I could've hoped. Starting out with a rock based electronica track it goes on a journey that takes in pop, electro, tech and finishes off with an indie rock monster - Bright Neon Payphone. Pop electro track Saturdays is the chart hit (if they release it) although the beautifully moody Future is apparantly the new single.
Daft Punk & New Order have really disappointed so it was brilliant to find this gem...more so finally it's a CD that's come out now rather than 20 years ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Put on your rose-tinted Ray Bans... 18 May 2009
By Colin Mccartney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"Bright Like Neon Love" is music for 1980s Saturday afternoons, or the soundtrack to a lost John Hughes film. The XDR tone-burst (remember them?) between tracks 11 and 12 exemplifies the LP's nostalgic feel.

Cut Copy have an uncanny knack for being unashamedly commercial whilst retaining an arty inscrutability (perhaps no surprise then, that the KLF are referenced in the liner notes). At the same time they manage to steer clear of the kind of self-conscious trendiness all too common amongst some of their peers.

This album is a must-hear for all fans of the vintage electro-techno sound, although its appeal is undoubtedly broader than that - given that it's a dance-rock hybrid along New Order-ish lines. It's rawer and less song-based than the follow-up In Ghost Colours and all the better for it - like a more accessible alternative to Daft Punk's Homework.

If, like me, you stumbled across "Bright Like Neon Love" AFTER "In Ghost Colours", then I strongly recommend that you check this one out too - as it's arguably the stronger release.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice guy 1 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the reviewer below that Cut Copy's influences are pretty clear; New Order, Daft Punk, Human League, Zapp and Roger, Air, My Bloody Valentine... yada yada yada... but this doesn't make it a great record. All of the above were truly original, I feel that Bright Like Neon Love is not.
I found the album easy on the ear but ultimately unchallenging. There is some great production and some interesting arrangements - but the record left me feeling a bit bored. It pootles along, but never really pushes any boundaries.
If this record was a person they'd be quite 'cool' and sort of interesting, but pretty lacklustre. A follower of fashion (I think the cover is wicked) but without real style. Intelligent but not really spirited. Chatty but dull. You know - 'Nice'. And no one likes a nice guy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch synth pop 8 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Best album of 2004. Could make loads of favourable comparisons (New Order or even Prince), but wouldn't do this justice as it is very much an original collection of outstanding nu wave pop tunes that cheer you up no matter what your mood. They are going to be huge, well, they deserve to be anyway. Whether you sway towards guitars or beatboxes, you've got to love this. Buy it, I challenge anyone to be disappointed.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goin Nowhere 14 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Think Mylo and LCD Soundsystem, if you like either of those you'll like Cut Copy.
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