Life Is Easy
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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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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.
Stand out tracks for me are : Too much / Good Luck
The album starts quietly and builds so that the pace seems to speed up as it progresses until you get to monster dance tunes such as ‘Too Much’ and ‘Happiness’ (with a fantastic sampled ‘funky drummer’ beat) at the end.
Hardly a weak track on the album, the big tunes hit you one after another such as ‘Good Luck’ and obvious single ‘I Believe’ which forces you to dance, believe me!
The melodies are just as strong with ‘Lust for Life’ a good example in a song that just builds and builds.
The vocal addition of Sir Elton John on ‘I Wish We Were Leaving’ adds to an already classy album which rightly has been given royal approval by the yellow brick road king himself.
The best track has to be ‘In Your Care’, a sad but beautiful tune about being far away from your loved ones but knowing that they are still there for you and always will be.
The production quality on the album is extremely high, particularly the four tracks produced by The Invisible Men – one of the hottest production teams around at the moment – which stand out.
The previous album ‘Make Me Believe in Hope’ was strong and with the new work, Rod Thomas and the band have stepped things up a gear with a very strong set of tunes that make you happy, wistful and excited all at the same time. Sit back and listen and this album will give you goose bumps.
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this CD after seeing them as a support act at an Elton John concert. Had never heard of them before, but loved their music.Published 12 months ago by Ms S Clark
an instant classic! I absolutely loved this album! The perfect electro pop record!Published 19 months ago by fabio
If you haven't heard Bright Light, Bright Light - then that is your loss. 2nd Album as strong as the first.Published 22 months ago by Mr Russell Whitlock
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... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ms. T. Daniels
Bright Light Bright Light was recommended to me by friends who saw him live supporting Elton John this year. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Lanyon
Great second album from Bright Light...a more upbeat in tone LP with hooks that engage you immediately.Published on 27 Aug. 2014 by gayboy77
Absolutely brilliant. The CD has to be heard to be appreciated. Once heard, the tunes keep spinning in your head. Thoroughly deserves to be one of the best albums of 2014. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2014 by Ben