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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Review: The Bigger Lights - Fiction Fever

The Bigger Lights - Fiction Fever
2008, Doghouse America

Fairfax, Virginia's The Bigger Lights have a big sound that culls the best from 1980's Pop, Arena Rock and Modern Rock. Highly infectious melodies and a driving energy are the key ingredients on the band's second EP, Fiction Fever, due April 7, 2009. Closer (Time Stops Breathing) sounds like an instant hit, featuring the dynamic voice of Topher Talley and an energy that just won't quit. Revved And Ready keeps up the energy without sacrificing the melodic aura or pop sensibility The Bigger Lights established on the opening track. Apocalypse! trades in the urgent rock vibe for a frenetic pop/rock energy that is perhaps even more infectious. It's like taking a supremely melodic pop group and girding them with a Punk Rock stage energy, and that's just on CD. I'd love to see what this band can do live.

Romance In A Slow Dance plays with harmonic structure in some almost uncomfortable ways but always manages to resolve at the right time. Goldmine Valentine is the song that will hook you on The Bigger Lights. You'll have this one on continuous replay. While there is no such thing as the perfect pop song, we occasionally come across an entry that approaches that vaunted status. Goldmine Valentine is in the conversation. If The Bigger Lights have any more songs of this quality in their collective songwriting well then we'll still be talking about them in twenty years. As it is, this is the sort of song that can turn an unknown band from zero to hero overnight. Fiction Fever closes out with When Did We Lose Ourselves, a memorable pop/rock anthem that might be the best song on the album of many bands, but takes secondary status here.

The Bigger Lights have something special. Don't be surprised if these guys stick around for the long haul. There is real songwriting talent here, and a distinct and charismatic energy that will sell albums, downloads and concert tickets. Fiction Fever is a dynamic and outstanding effort, worthy of significant attention and praise.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about The Bigger Lights at Fiction Fever hits shelves on April 7, 2009. You can pre-order the CD from, or you can get the downloads now through AmazonMP3.


Unknown said...

This is definitely one of my FAVORITE albums. All the songs are my top played. I don't quite understand why so many people rip on Topher's voice. It doesn't sound whiny at all!
But the best part of The Bigger Lights is their on-stage presence. Having seen them live, they blew the Friday Night Boys, Stereo Skyline and even Hey Monday out of the water with the same kind of microphone-swinging antics that makes Taking Back Sunday such a force on stage. Topher makes it a point in each of their shows to get the crowd jumping and it doesn't take him long.
Great album, great band. 5/5

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