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All My Life Tonight
The band reworked this song. On the EP it was a beautiful piano ballad, but the focus on the piano has moved and has been replaced by a more ‘full band sound’ which works very well for this song. It hardly lost any of it’s intimacy but it got a lot richer sound. Both versions have something special, but I think this one is just a bit stronger.
Ever After Ever
The band’s been playing Ever After After on the road for quite some time and it’s been a fan favorite from the start. Why, you ask? Well, just listen to the song. It has a nice little alternative edge, and the vocals are stellar. It has a good beat to it and band can really get into this one.
Lifeline probably isn’t one of my favorites on the CD. It’s a very good song, but at times the band is trying too hard. It sounds a little forced here and there, and because of that it lacks a little passion. I’m sure they are very capable of performing this song excellently, but no matter how good it is, they can definitely come up with something even better.
This is one of my favorites. Waiting won’t win any prizes for originality as the song’s concept is omnipresent in today’s music, but Cordless isn’t trying to be the most renewing band in music history, they are trying to make music that they love and that we love, and with Waiting they hit it right on the spot.
I was having some doubts about this song when they released their EP, and those haven’t gone away completely. I little more energy would still be interesting in this song, but this time, the slow ballad’s sensitivity comes out with more passion than last time. I still think they can crank it up a notch and speed it up slightly, but Hopeless is a wonderfully composed song that really is a part of this band.
This Place Called Home
I was never able to really get into This Place Called Home. It sounds rushed and forced, like they had to make another song to put on the CD and this one got the green light, just before the recording session was over. Essentially it’s not a bad song, not at all, but it sounds too rushed to let its potential come out.
If I Turned Into Another
On If I Turned Into Another they do what they forgot to do on the previous track. They took the time and focus to record it perfectly. Probably one of the best songs on this album, with good timing and crisp vocals. Everything just falls together nicely.
This was my first time hearing Blind, and I wonder why. Where did they hide this alt-rocker. It has good tempo, it’s catchy, and the energy is inspiring.
Leaving already was one of my favorites, ever since I first heard it on the “Something Real” EP. And it still is. It’s their best song, that I know of. The version on the EP was great, but they were able to even improve it. Musically it’s tighter, vocally it’s better, the production’s better. The keys are a great touch and the song, in my opinion, is ready to hit the airwaves right now. I’ll request it.
The piano-rocker Welcome Home is one of the first songs the band released to a wider audience, through their myspace, and I still think it was a very smart choice. Another wonderful song, maybe even rivaling Leaving for best track on “Bright Lights”.
More Than Oceans
The more intimate, rootsier album closer (More Than Oceans) is very interesting. It shows a slightly different side from this band. The build up is very clever and the interaction between the guitar & the vocals is very well done.
“Bright Lights” is a strong debut for a band that makes music that is incredibly fit to be featured on radio and in tv shows. The music is easy to like and the band works the songs professionally. There are a good number of points where they can grow stronger, but they are very aware of their strong sides and they make you focus on that. Songs like Welcome Home, Leaving & More Than Oceans are mature beyond this band’s age and experience. True talent.