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Life Is Easy

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Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Neath born, New York/London based Rod Thomas who released his debut album 'Make Me Believe In Hope' last year to rave reviews. Hailed by Sunday Times Culture as "a songwriter of extraordinary dexterity", by Elton John as the hottest new thing in music, ending up at no.4 in the Guardian Reader's Albums of 2012 poll, and touring ... Read more in Amazon's Bright Light Bright Light Store

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  • Audio CD (7 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Self Raising
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everything I Ever Wanted
2. There Are No Miracles
3. I Wish We Were Leaving (Feat. Elton John)
4. An Open Heart
5. Good Luck
6. I Believe
7. Lust for Life
8. More Than Most
9. In Your Care
10. Too Much
11. Happiness

Product Description

The Guardian, NME, The Times, Time Out and Q championed Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) follows his critically acclaimed debut with a warm, sparkling sophomore release.

Pet Shop Boys, Scissor Sisters and Erasure have sung his praises, with the latter two taking him on their UK tours. 'Life Is Easy' features guitars by Scissor Sisters' Del Marquis, vocals by James Yuill and a duet with Elton John who is also taking Rod on tour as main support through June and July in the UK and Europe.

Life Is Easy' features co-writes and co-production with Ian Masterson (Perfecto, Dannii Minogue) and The Invisible Men (Iggy Azelia, Rita Ora, Jessie J).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Truecolours09 on 7 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
The second album released by Rod Thomas under the name Bright Light Bright Light is heavily influenced by his recent extended stay in New York. Where his debut (the superb `Make Me Believe in Hope') was the sound of someone struggling to find happiness, `Life Is Easy' appears to be the sound of someone who has finally found it.

It's very difficult to pick out any particular tracks as standout, as this is wall to wall with melodic, euphoric electronic pop. However, current single `I Believe' has an emphatic momentum that feels like an explosion of absolute joy. What could have been standard EDM is transformed by the sincerity with which Rod relays his feelings about a new relationship.

`There Are No Miracles' encapsulates the overall message of the album - that the key to enjoying life is not to keep looking for something better but instead to appreciate what you already have. In the same vein, `In Your Care' is a beautifully written song about growing up, being away from the family home but still keeping your family close to your heart.

`Too Much' is the smoothest dance track here - the lyrics just seem to flow out over a pulsating bass line.

The more reflective tracks are terrific - particularly `Lust For Life', which includes a feint, touching echo of previous album track `Grace'. `Happiness' surprises at first with its `funky drummer' loop and Ace Of Base vibes but once again the chorus is a winner - sanguine and full of Rod's trademark happy/sad lyrics.

The CD packaging and photography is excellent (New York skyline, full lyrics, lovely digital effects).

`Life Is Easy' showcases a unique talent at the height of his powers. It's everything you would want a pop album to be: catchy, strong bass lines, emotionally revealing and ultimately life-affirming.
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Format: Audio CD
Electro-pop is a dangerous world, fraught with endless perils and pitfalls. So many artists fall into the chasms of badly done 80s synth lines and terribly programmed drums that sound like they could have been beaten out of an old casio keyboard with a semi-conscious trout and a vague sense of rhythm. For every fish-wielding quasi-musician out there, there’s at least one minimalist that creates music so light and intangible that it becomes a dream of itself and just blinks out of existence. Bright Light Bright Light defies these conventions and brings forth a breed of music that’s drenched in tastefully employed synthesizers, creating a space within the songs that gives both freedom and direction. Rod Thomas has perfected his sound and with the release of his second album Life is Easy, he’s set to reach a much wider audience. Life is Easy could propel Thomas even closer to pop stardom.

The success of Bright Light Bright Light’s first album Make Me Believe in Hope was a pronounced one and caught the attention of many people, not least of all one Sir Elton John. There are few artists that can claim to have worked with Elton John on their second album and fewer still that have performed a diet with the icon of British pop music so early in their career. The bizarre part in all of this is that Elton doesn't necessarily add anything to the overall quality of the song in question, besides the addition of his name. “I wish we were leaving” is a melodious and almost haunting track that travels through the turbulent world of compatibility within relationships - the ironic part being that the knighted pop star comes across as pretty incompatible with the timbre of the song, and this strange juxtaposition brings an unwelcome edge to an otherwise beautiful piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Row on 7 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
Sorry in advance for my inarticulate review hopefully combined with the Amazon clips you'll get the full picture.

I loved this guy and loved his first album. I pre-ordered direct from the BLBL website so got a nice treat of the full album played as solo piano arrangements live in New York, similar to the Blueprints version of his first album. I played this on repeat so when I finally got the new album nearly a week before release it took me a few listens to get use to the full productions.

This album is certainly familiar but at the same different from the first album - there are several more chilled out tracks but still maintaining the synth/pop/dance/80s/90s goodness.

Lets just go into a track by track breakdown out of 10:

Everything I Ever Wanted - 10
A up/mid-ish tempo track that builds nicely - goose bumps when it hits about 2:20 and it really kicks in.

There are no miracles - 10
A self-help advice song that starts as it means to go on with a catchy chorus.

I Wish We Were Leaving - 6
The 2nd single from the album. From interviews I know Rod had a great time with Elton making this but it just seems little out of place on the album. It has the mix of downbeat lyrics with a mid-tempo melody but for me it is merely an okay song.

An Open Heart - 10
From the 1st single/EP this is a great up-tempo number.

Good Luck - 7
Reminds me of a 90s club mix of a track. About the perils of not enjoying the moment and always being after the next best thing.
The song is growing on me but the melody/beats are a little paired down for my liking.

I Believe - 10
Third (current at time of writing) single - ZOMG - Upbeat lyrics, euphoric upbeat melody - is this the same guy?
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