California's Bright Lights debuted their chaotic yet vulnerable indie pop with this 15-song disc in 2002. Opening with the rousing "Marissa's Song," singer Frank Jordan's unrestrained vocals and guitar work instantly jumps to the listener's attention. On the second track, the more restrained "Spy Novel," Jordan's effortless vocals again showcase his impressive vocal energy. His relentless vocals continue throughout the disc, with most songs serving as unique examples of far-from-contrived indie pop/rock. Having cut their teeth at underground venues across the United States, this disc accurately shows off the band's live sound and their no-holds-barred enthusiasm. On "The Problems With Sunday," Jordan's screaming vocals are offset by frantic drums and bass guitar. The pace slows down on "I Know You're Out There," as the instrumentation and Jordan's vocals display a more tender and melodic approach. The choppy and catchy "I Drank Too Much Champagne" might be the most energetic track of the disc. The Bright Lights' music is certainly not for the faint of heart, although the lyrics and sentiments are heartfelt and not as abrasive as the sound. The disc ends with "All of a Sudden," by far the most serene track of the collection. While the songs might tackle the common theme of the fragility of human relationships, the band's execution of the theme is far from common The music is rousing and celebratory, like all good rock music should. As a whole, the self-titled disc is an impressive example of indie rock's future, taking cues from the past. 555 Records released the disc in 2002.
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