May 29, 2006

Bright Idea

Bright Idea – Orson

When I first heard No Tomorrow way back in Februray 2005 (yes, it was around that long ago, and yes, Im very up on my music), I knew that this band, or at least hoped this band, would be a big sensation. I tried to get everyone to listen to it. I played it from the rooftops, but all my friends and family said that it was American pop–rock pap. Now a year and half later those same people are claiming they never said these things but are secretly hanging their heads in shame for doubting me.

Orson have been a big hit in the UK. Fame has eluded them for years in the USA and to try one last time, they packed up and moved to the UK to try again. And this time, the public listened. The debut album from this pop quintet is loaded with, well, bright ideas. Their fusion of pop and rock is so pure in sound and so utterly loveable from the word go that this album is like listening to the breeze. Totally noticable and as if its been here for years. This is the music we've been missing.

The album starts off with the title track and their first single. An excellent starting combo, although Bright Idea as a track is one you need to let grow on you. Then suddenly the album dips, for the only time I might add, but it does. Happiness is not as promising as the first two tracks and things are picked up with Already Over. But then the album just goes mad and says, 'Right lets give them everything'. And they do. There is not a single bad track on the whole album. One cannot, and does not, want to pick apart the lyrics or guitars or drums because if you do, you lose a little something.

Highlights include 'Trying To Help' and Look Around, possibly the best rock power ballard Ive heard in a long time. This album just provides exactly what you want. A sequence of good songs that leave you feel great. Each track doe shtat thing where you hear a song and look at the stereo as if to say, 'Hmmmm thats interesting'.

Will it last for Orson though? Who knows? I feel as though they've got a long way to grow as band, and Im sure any future albums will be solid pieces of work. For now, lets revel in a band that isn't a: British to the core, b: not self made on the internet, c: edgy without being northern and d: just plain bloody good. And yes I was talking about Arctic Monkeys.

9/10

Download: well…..everythign really. If you can't be bothered then get No Tomorrow, Tryin To Help, Look Around, The Okay Song.


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  1. if I was one that said they were pop–rock pap, which I doubt I was, Id still tend to believe it. To me they seem like wannabes for teenboppers, but thats juts me. They do have a reasonable good sound to them something decent to listen to if you're forced to radio listening on a crap station and they come on. But surely the best bands are those who you dont hear on the radio 24–7!!! ever heard alkaline trio on Radio 1? Ok so some of the bigger bands do have lots of air time, like the Chillis but really would you say that their best songs get played on the radio? I dont slag them off to the fullest but my jury is still out on them, they have potential but my 17 yr old stalker was obsessed with them and thats never a good image. I say its better to wait til they do a follow up to see if they fizzle out or hit it properly.

    And as for edgy without being northern …. I protest, nowt wrong with being northern :p

    30 May 2006, 00:07

  2. Of course a follow up album is always a test of time and whether they can last as a band. But if not, i feel as though they have provided exactely what they set out to do. Fun pop rock. If the second album never appears I think they can sleep well at night knowing this one will definately be a hit.

    30 May 2006, 11:24


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