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  • Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Bright Light Social Hour
  • ASIN: B0049E2BAK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shanty
2. Bare Hands Bare Feet
3. La Piedra De La Iguana
4. Detroit
5. Men Of The Earth
6. Back And Forth
7. Men Of The Sea
8. Garden Of The Gods
9. Rhubarb Jam

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Product Description

Named 'Best Indie Band' at the 2010 Austin Music Awards, the Central Texas-raised young men of The Bright Light Social Hour have built their growing reputation through several EPs and exhilarating widely-acclaimed live shows, including the 2009 Austin City Limits Festival. In culmination of their long, studied development, the band is releasing their debut full-length album, simply titled 'The Bright Light Social Hour.' Recorded in five studios around Austin during summer 2010, the album is founded on sun-drenched optimism, raucous youth, and an innovative brew of American music of varying types - classic rock, contemporary indie, rhythm and blues, dance, and soul. Producer Danny Reisch of Good Danny's utilized the best elements of vintage and modern recording to achieve a sound both forward-looking and evocative of 1970s hi-fi. The first track, 'Shanty,' pairs southern rock with hard disco, featuring the searing slide licks of guitarist Curtis Roush. Following the lean, exuberant stomp of 'Bare Hands Bare Feet' the band settles into the dark psychedelic-funk of 'La Piedra De La Iguana,' led by keyboardist A.J. Vincent's dusky vocal and Farfisa organ work. Throughout the middle of the record, the solemn rhythm and blues of 'Detroit' is juxtaposed with 'Back And Forth,' a four-on-the-floor disco-funk romp. On 'Garden Of The Gods,' the album's penultimate 10-minute epic, the band evolves from stately ballroom Americana to an expansive, ensemble anthem, conjuring up their limber and unrelenting live sets. The fiery 'Rhubarb Jam' closes out the record, featuring the agile, booming funk of bassist Jack O'Brien and drummer Joseph Mirasole.

Review

'First album unites funk, rock n roll' Austin's indie rock, powerfunk and soul band and 2010 Austin City Limits Festival s Sound and the Jury winners The Bright Light Social Hour beat into their debut self-titled album. The album starts off with a sort of amuse-bouche in Shanty, which tells you everything you need to know. Their album is like experiencing a burlesque show on the border between funk and rock n roll. The entire album skirts between their bridges tease and the chorus full reveal. The sound is comparable to a wild Spanglish hippie playing a mash-up of The White Stripes beats and Explosions in the Sky s guitar riffs, however it s all unique to them. By the time you reach the fourth track, a love song dedicated to Detroit during its darkest hours of the past recession, it won t matter who they sound like because you re too busy singing along. Songs like Men of the Sea and Men of the Earth take a sharp turn toward the down-tempo just to provide a break. However, the drop from the sheer exhilaration of high-energy songs like Back and Forth feels severe while remaining groovy. The album picks up by the end with the solid and sweet Rhubarb Jam and some of the fastest bass playing you ve heard since hearing that guitar prodigy that exists at every high school and makes everyone jealous. Grade: A For fans of: Cross-Dressing, Massive Mustaches and The Jimi Hendrix Experience --Gerard Rich, Daily Texan

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Very nice guys and awesome sound that is quite unique.
Daniel Huggins
I saw them live for the first time opening for the Toadies in Austin, and they really stole the show.
chinita830
This album is well produced and highlights the mastery these guys have of their instruments.
Greg Paulus

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Paulus on September 24, 2010
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The Bright Light Social Hour is what we have been waiting for. Rock 'n Roll, that is funky, soulful, and progressive. The Bright Light Social Hour's self-titled album delivers a complete and unique sound that doesn't sound like it has been churned out of a pop machine, or like the predictably indie snoozers that seem to be a dime a dozen nowdays. This album is well produced and highlights the mastery these guys have of their instruments. The Bright Light Social Hour have yet to break, and now is the time to get on board and enjoy some fresh, inspired music. My personal favorite is Bare Hands Bare Feet - an anthemic rock song that isn't afraid to transport the listener into a fruitful jam-tangent. Garden of the Gods kicks some serious #@ss - coming in at just under 10 minutes, yet never gets stale or self-indulgent. If you like music that makes you want to get up and shake it and cry "whoa" after the tune ends, then take the chance and buy this album. You wont be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By milo hetzel on June 4, 2012
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i just saw these guys 4 days ago live outdoors at a show and it was one of the 5 best concerts i have ever experienced. i say experienced because while the songs sound good over my bose computer speakers, it doesn't compare to their sound live. this is one of those rare bands that sound better live with an audience than in the studio with remixes and filters and tech. unbelievable energy feeding on audience energy. 3 excellent lead singers, the fantastic musical ability of each member, and great songs make this one of the best concert bands ever. the set ended with a great cover of "young man blues" that equaled the who's legendary cover from "live at leeds". they came back for an encore song thanks to a vocal audience. i hope they stick together for many years and produce many more albums and more great music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PHILIP D STEINBERG on March 21, 2011
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I met guitarist Curtis Roush at Gumbo's Restaurant in Austin the night after Mardi Gras this year (2011), a week or 2 before SXSW. I've been a rock and roll and blues fan for 40 years and Curtis just seemed like a guy who would create great music. I bought the CD as soon as a I got back to Connecticut and I'm glad I did - these guys are very creative and I can't wait to see them live - - if they ever get to NY City or CT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chinita830 on November 28, 2011
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The Bright Light Social Hour's self-titled album has been my favorite discovery of 2010. I saw them live for the first time opening for the Toadies in Austin, and they really stole the show. I've since seem them three more times and each time they blow me away. I was somewhat apprehensive that their live show would not translate to their album, but I was not disappointed in the least. Each member really brings something unique to the table in this band. There is not a single weak link, and each are incredibly talented instrumentally. Vocally, the band is outstanding, and their stage presence is insanely fun. The album has a slight retro feel to it, with some great guitar solos reminiscent of Led Zeppelin or Black Keys but they have a sound that is completely their own. The seamlessly transition between slow and fast songs, and it has a little bit of everything on it. And who knew that the organ sound could be so damn sexy! My personal favorites on the album are La Piedra de Iguana and Rhubarb Jam, but Shanty is a lot of fun and Garden of the Gods is definitely a journey worth traveling. I've had a chance to hear some of their newer stuff that isn't currently on an album at recent live shows, and so far, everything I've heard sounds really good. I really think we will be seeing a lot of them in the future, and I for one am down for the ride.
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By MiketallicA on November 8, 2010
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My first TBLSH experience came on October 23, 2010 at Stubbs in Austin. I had traveled with some friends from Houston to go see The Toadies and TBLSH was one of the opening acts. These guys are pure energy and amazing live. They are coming here to Houston a couple of times over the next few months and I will definitley be going to see them again. I almost get the same feel from listening to this album as I did from seeing them live. This album has a great energy with a great classic, blues, and southern rock feel. My favorite track is Garden of the Gods, but they are all pretty solid songs.
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By Crystal Kreung on July 8, 2013
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this is a fun album; I haven't found a song on it I don't like yet - it doesn't get old, I can listen to it a few times a day and still love it.
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Well, maybe not ever, but it's definitely in my top 5 all time
Love it!
This can bring back rock music!
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