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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 (11 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Blue Team
  • ASIN: B0082A91UA
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Disco Moment 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A New Word to Say 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. How to Make a Heart 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Debris 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Grace 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Truecolours09 on 4 Jun. 2012
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It's been a long wait for this, the debut album by Bright Light Bright Light (Gremlins-referencing stage name of Rod Thomas) - so it's a relief to finally hear it in full and find that it's a superb collection of compelling dance pop and electronic ballads. Rod is a writer, vocalist and producer/remixer; his warm personality is therefore stamped all over the album.

After the first few listens, there is one very clear standout track which I have already played on multiple repeat - the fantastic 'Moves', which completely nails happy/sad disco devastation ("When it's all I knew, moving on's the hardest thing to do...") in a way that fills me with joy. Although the lyrics appear devoid of hope ("I can do my best I guess, but then what's the use?.."), the melody and production nonetheless spell out that one way or another things do continue. The middle eight section is stunning and sounds like the perfect companion piece to Kylie's 'All The Lovers', with which it also shares ethereal slightly out-of-kilter synths and a euphoric sense of eventual triumph through adversity.

Previous single 'Disco Moment' still sounds fresh, with it's throbbing bassline leading towards a huge chorus with an uplifting melody that contrasts with the 'break up' lyrics. There are several more strong, melodic dance moments: 'Cry At Films', 'Waiting For The Feeling' and 'New Word To Say' are all shimmering, finely crafted synth tracks.

The slower songs are all lovely - particularly 'How To Make A Heart', which is an oddly moving and intricately produced piece of melancholy wistfulness. It's a pity that his cover of 'Falling' (theme from Twin Peaks) is not also included on this album but 'How To Make A Heart' runs it very close for haunting beauty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fran Martinez Vilariño on 13 July 2012
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I was absolutely surprised with his debut album, as I never heard before about Rod Thomas, also known as 'Bright Light Bright Light'. This album is pop perfection, as its a mix of Pop, 80s synthpop and disco, all mixed up together, and the result is the fantastic "Make Me Believe in Hope".
The album has been written and produced by Rod Thomas, The Invisible Men (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, DJ Fresh) and Andy Chatterley (Kylie Minogue, Diana Vickers, Nerina Pallot).
Best tracks on the album are "Moves", "Cry at Films", the 80s-vintage track "A New Word to Say" and the single "Waiting for the Feeling".
It's such a shame he has no support from music and TV stations, because he totally deserves recognition for his work. In my opinion, this album is definitely one of the best albums of 2012.

Review track by track:
01 Inmature: 9/10
02 Feel It: 8/10
03 Love Part II: 8/10
04 Waiting for the Feeling: 10/10
05 Cry at Films: 10/10
06 Moves: 10/10
07 Disco Moment: 8/10
08 A New Word to Say: 10/10
09 How to Make a Heart: 9/10
10 Debris: 9/10
11 Grace: 7/10
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2012
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Rod Thomas is a man with more than a few musical irons in the
fire but as a singer/songwriter this talented Welshman has come
up with a real cracker with his debut album 'Make Me Believe
In Hope'. This is intelligent dance/pop of the highest order.

Mr Thomas knows how to hitch a good tune to powerfully addictive
beats in a way which makes it hard not to jump up and down and sing
along. This is feel-good music. Of the eleven numbers in the set
there truly isn't a duff one among them. With more than a few nods
and winks to the eighties and nineties (Erasure, Lighthouse Family,
Pet Shop Boys and with the uplifting 'Love Part Two' even the Thompson
Twins) he weaves a rich tapestry of synth-based melody and rhythm.

Take a composition like 'Disco Moment'. The densely textured arrangement
bubbles and burns with real passion and delivers one of the most
infectious choruses I've heard so-far this year. Mr Thomas has a
perfectly pleasant voice; a limber, rock-solid tenor which sounds
just as good out on its own as it does in his well-conceived harmonies.

Other highlights include 'Feel It' with its clattering piano, quasi-Latin
percussion and rumbustious happy-housey conclusion; 'Moves', a beautifully
crafted song which, in its somewhat old-fashioned way, has pretty everything
in it which a piece of classic pop should have - glistening synth arpeggios;
perfect balance between verse and refrain and a palpable sense of real joy
and final track 'Grace'; a ray of sunshine bursting through the dark clouds.

'Bright Light Bright Light' indeed!

Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SSS on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
...with all the other reviewers. I wish I could give it 6 stars.

It's October, 2012 and I'm embarrassed to say I'm JUST learning about this artist after reading an ad for his concert in Time Out New York. He's playing in a tiny club this week and I'm so fortunate to learn about him before the show. How many times can one say that every song on an album is fantastic? Brilliant hooks, ridiculously-catchy refrains, and a synth-lovers dream of arrangements. Also check out his collaboration Garcon Garcon - awesome.
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