ORANGE BLACK "Bright Lights" (1999, Atomic Recordings - distr. De Konkurrent, AR013)
Songs (click on the -icons
for a small audio-sample)
1. Southern Feel
2. Sad Joke
4. Summer Cold
5. Girl Tattoo
6. One man and his horse
7. Trash it
8. Lonely (with you)
9. Boy meets girl
11. Turn on
Recorded at "Vitanova", Antwerpen
Cover pics : Goele, Ivo, Patrick, Herbert, Dieter
Listening to a cd (still some sort of a magic moment for me) can be quite deceptive.
In this case my opinion after listening to it over 10 times is just about completely
opposed to the verdict I had after one spin. And that verdict was "Cliché,
boring, faint. Next".
Just as their friends of dEUS (to whose party they were invited at the "last
concerts of the millennium" at the Halles de Schaerbeek) this is the sort
of record that grows like bamboo : initially, it looks just like ordinary weed,
but after a few days it stands about as high as a house. The supporting pillars
in this hous are the sensible single-choices "Southern Feel" and "Money
Wheel", and as a highlight the song "Summer Cold", certainly worth
a single. Fragments of class are also in "Sad Joke" (great melody that
gets strangled after only 2 minuten, much to fast for me) and the freaking rock
of "Passion". Not by chance these are mostly the sadder, quieter songs
on "Bright Lights", because the rougher side of the CD gives us less
of a kick.
Ok, perhaps this will not surprise you, but it will certainly not bore you. Quiet,
popmusic on guitar, very nice melodies, fine lyrics ...
So, "The Future" is a bit "Orange". And "Black",
And your opinion?
Did I get it all wrong, or was I spot-on ? Do you want to share your opinion about
this cd ? Send it in, and I'll put it up here !
This Album in the Press
- Jaimie Luyckx in Rif-Raf (n) : "People who thought that the
acclaimed guitarcombo Orange Black still produces ordinary, nice, casual pop music,
have got it wrong. The new albums is still casual, poppy or call it the way you
want - for instance quiet - but it's been in my cd for days now. And that is not
ordinary. ... Maybe this year will be the year of Orange Black".
- dp bij Up
To Music : "Those who treasure the low-fi blueprints of bands
such as Pavement, Pond, Seam and to a lesser extent the Lemonheads, will have
a bone in ‘Bright Lights’ that'll provide hours of chewing pleasure."
: "The new Orange Black is the logical sequel to "It's Electric!".
Intimistic weeping willow songs and sturdier rocksongs still populate the setlist
of this band from Kontich. Towards the end the album has some lesser moments."
The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't
take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more
than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those
for customers in Belgium.
Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop
with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations
: let me know.
More about this group :
- Orange Black has an official site at www.orangeblack.com
- Bookings through Tout Partout - +32-(0)11/25.60.36
- Write the band at Orange Black, Peter Benoîtlaan 35, B-2550 Kontich
- Atomic Recording : Parijsstraat 21 - B-3000 Leuven - +32(0)16/23.40.27
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