Upon first hearing the new album from The Bright Light Motion, an Acoustic/Pop Rock band hailing from Glen Falls, NY, you are immediately hooked by the haunting melodies and heart felt lyrics. The songs from the new album “For All the Right Reasons” are catchy, current, and very well written. The themes in these tunes are easy to relate to, and the musical quality is pleasing to the ear.
The song “Love Wakes the Dead” brings to mind the Gin Blossoms, with a catchy hook, crunchy guitars, and the sweet voice of lead singer Joe Mansman. This particular song was recorded well in the studio and it shows. Even coming from the tinny speakers in the car, the singing and musical arrangement sound very rich. “An Aftertaste of Bad Habits” is another song that is very catchy and would work well on a variety of radio platforms, such as Top Forty, Rock/Alternative, or Contemporary/Adult stations. Both of the aforementioned songs would have a wide audience, with a variety of people enjoying the music.
“To the Discarded and Dearly Departed” is one of the best songs on the album. The song has an emo-esque vibe, in the vein of Fall Out Boy or Jimmy Eat World. Even the long song title brings to mind other “emo” bands out there. What makes this particular tune stand out is the emotional lyrics, memorable arrangement, and the poignant singing. The feeling in this song is easily picked up on. And again, this song would do well on a variety of radio station formats.
The only weak spots on the album are the slower songs, such as “Ghost” and “Maybe if Your Lonely.” In both cases, the lyrics are strong, but the musical arrangements are a bit dull. Also, the singing falls in the danger zone of sounding whiny on these slower tracks. While not terrible songs, they just don’t translate as well as the faster, more up-tempo tunes on the album.
The Bright Light Motion is a very promising and talented band that shows much promise for future success. The album “For All the Right Reasons” has likable, memorable tunes, well written lyrics and the ability to appeal to the masses. This band has the potential to have great commercial achievement and a successful career.