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Tonight I Burn Brightly

Tonight I Burn Brightly

May 12, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Label: Megaforce
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  • Total Length: 38:03
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  • ASIN: B002SZKS98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,479 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2005
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Too few people know about Bill Ricchini's debut album, "Ordinary Time," a mellow collection of dreamy pop songs. It was a charming album, although not exactly the stuff of which commercial success is made of.

But the Philadelphia native may have found a slightly more accessable niche in "Tonight I Burn Brightly," where that same mellow pop is given a more expansive, enchanting sound. Ricchini has grown musically, and his sophomore album shows that.

It opens with the sweet piano-guitar ballad "A Cold Wind Will Blow Through Your Door," a comforting little song which promises forgiveness and comfort. That song leads off into a string of similar ballads, mellow and sweet in nature, with Ricchini's smooth voice adding to the comfortable sound.

It's the musical equivalent of sitting on your porch on an autumn day, watching the leaves blow by -- a bit chilly, but pretty and comforting.

But Ricchini has some new tricks in his bag, and he handles them with a deft smoothness that would make you think he'd been doing these forever. A few songs are actually catchy, with solid little hooks and pleasant piano pop bounce, but are still mellow enough that they don't stivk out like a row of sore thumbs.

Other songs delve into lovelorn balladry, wistfully talking about "when you find what you're searchin' for/you found what you're searchin' for/look me up..." And still others try out the Tin Pan Alley sound, which seems like an unlikely candidate for Ricchini's music. But despite the chirrupy music, Ricchini retains that sweetly downbeat style.

Perhaps the best thing about "Tonight I Burn Brightly" is that Ricchini's music has avoided the sophomore slump: His music has lost none of its wistful charm, but it hasn't stagnated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt on September 2, 2005
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I think a few of these negative reviewers are listening to a different album. This is one of the most consistently pleasurable listens I have had all year. The songwriting is just excellent and the arrangements are really creative-- spare, melodic and always tasteful. I love the subtle chord changes from verse to verse on "Cold Wind Will Blow Through Your Door."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J. Neiman on November 6, 2005
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The first 4 songs on this disk are the strongest pop gems I've heard in a long time. Great pop tunes with cello, piano, strings and acoustic guitar backing. Very Mccartney/David Scott (Pearlfishers, fantastic pop band!), Simon and Garfunkle influenced, and one very Todd Rundgren influenced song. The album continues very strongly and is not to be missed! Don't listen to the negative reviews if you like melodic well written pop, you'll love this. Much stronger than his debut.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HeroesandVillains44 on August 24, 2005
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As a fan of Ordinary Time I was blown away with a record full of so many musical ideas, melodies, harmonies and charms. Anyone could see that Bill had SONGS. On Tonight I Burn Brightly I think it is at first glance a bit more economic, 11 songs, none of the surprise instrumentals of OT. But let's be clear that this is a major step forward in terms of songwriting; a transitional record that marks a great songwriter starting to really hit his stride. What we DO GET from Mr. Ricchini is 11 songs of such quality in both composition and arrangement -- easily one of the yrs best records. I don't think Ricchini could have written the almost classical chord changes of "Cold Comfort" a few years ago or the 30s-ish tin pan alley of "People" which is his best song to date. I mean, the guy is a songwriter in the truest sense and I there are so no shortage of jaw droppingly gorgeous, goose pimply moments on this record. If you liked Ordinary Time pick this up you will NOT be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Christinzio on September 1, 2005
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I had the pleasure of tinkling the ivories on this album. I had my first real listen today and It's every thing you can expect from Bill. Tight and memorable melodies, Haunting lyrics, sparce yet effective arrangements and production. Well done Mr. Bill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David M. Zuber on October 18, 2005
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this is just a great album. It grows on you and before you know it you have listened to it 1000 times and know the words to every song.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Getzoff on August 23, 2005
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In the words of the legendary Morrissey, "It's so easy to laugh, it's so easy to hate, it takes strength to be gentle and kind" and Bill Ricchini has really shown just how strong raw emotion can be on his latest full length, "Tonight I Burn Brightly". Delivering a superb collection of soul-searching songs, truly endearing the humble listener with tales and commentary on everything from lost love to the quirks and foibles of the human condition, Ricchini shows a rare vulnerability and depth to his writing. Lush orchestration ocassionaly soars over his haunting guitar melodies and boyish voice making for a huge aural impact that sweeps you up into the enormity of his personal outpouring before being stripped back down to simply a man and his guitar. This is an album of true beauty.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SlantedE on August 30, 2005
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I love how Ricchini puts a new spin on the grand tradition of pop. This is music written by a real student of the best songs ever written. Listen to the way "She Don't Come" references Carole King and Todd Rundgren, how "Cold Wind" nods "Walk Away Renee" and how "When the Morning Comes" is the crooning country ballad The Smiths never wrote. A terrific record, full of such sharp songwriting. As all great songwriters, Ricchini absorbs his influences (his taste is flawless) and mixes them up in new ways that I find extremely compelling, tuneful and always charming.
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