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Author's Rating
Vocals 8.75
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 7.75
Production 7.75
Creativity 7.5
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 82%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.38
Musicianship 8.53
Lyrics 8.3
Production 8.15
Creativity 8.2
Lasting Value 8.82
Reviewer Tilt 8.68
Average: 84%
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Brighten - Early Love EP

Reviewed by: Joe DeAndrea (09/04/08)
BrightenEarly Love EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: September 2nd, 2008


Lately almost everywhere you look, you'll see one of "those" pop-rock bands: decked out in trendy clothing, promos pictures taken at a party with too much confetti and music made just to follow what's popular. Being a fan of this genre, it's tough to find the bands that are for real. Although it's almost like going through a giant box of random baseball cards - eventually you'll find a rookie Alex Rodriguez.

This is where Brighten comes in.

Their debut album, King vs. Queen, was a favorite of mine in 2007. Its indie-pop-rock sensibility brought a smile to my face every time I listened. Nearly a year and a half and a line-up change later, Brighten has revealed Early Love, an EP which surpasses their full-length greatly. Early Love is the perfect definition of a "follow-up." It hardly strays away from the sound on King vs. Queen, yet when it does, it doesn't sound the least bit forced.

The first couple of tracks on Early Love, "Carolina" and "Love on My Mind," show that it's very similar to their old sound, just more enhanced and packed with a bigger punch that their previous songs may have lacked. "We Are Birds" and "Easy to Fall in Love" are the slowest on the release that showcase Justin Richards' vocals beautifully. "Swing" is a grower that initially caught me off guard. On a mainly positive sounding group of songs, "Swing" shows the "harder" side of Brighten. Although, like I said before, it's in no way bad; it's sounds like a natural progression. After the first couple of listens though, it finally clicked and became the standout track of this EP.

Overall, fans of Brighten's King vs. Queen should definitely be pleased with Early Love as it still contains the melodies and catchy hooks that they're known best by. The only disappointment I have with it is that it just leaves me wanting more. However, the fact that these songs are in no way a disappointment gets me excited for the new full-length that, judging by this release, is already shaping up to be something special.

Recommended If You LikeSherwood, The Morning Light, The Graduate

Additional InformationTrack Listing
01) Carolina
02) Easy to Fall in Love
03) Love on My Mind
04) We Are Birds
05) Swing
06) Love Me Honestly
07) What She Really Wants

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02:12 PM on 09/04/08
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"I don't like reviewing."

Nice write up d00d.
04:23 PM on 09/04/08
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nice concise review. luvluvluv this band
05:39 PM on 09/04/08
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This EP is pretty solid. Good review.
09:50 AM on 09/05/08
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awesome review
09:52 AM on 09/05/08
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Fantastic EP. It's all I've been listing to lately.

Nice review, I agree with a lot of what you said.
10:03 AM on 09/05/08
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my car got broken into and King Vs. Queen got stolen. Bastards.
I gotta go get this EP. I'm SO glad they got good reviews!
10:04 AM on 09/05/08
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great review.
and i agree about "swing". it really caught me off guard the first time through, but it's easily my favorite on the EP
10:14 AM on 09/05/08
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Great review!
I am a big fan of this band.
Love their sound.
10:24 AM on 09/05/08
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Great review and ep.
10:28 AM on 09/05/08
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Good review. I still love there original ep. Just Breathe is their track to beat for me. However, this is still a good and leaves me wanting more also. There christmas track could fit on any record to. that is such a good song.
11:05 AM on 09/05/08
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love this band so much
11:35 AM on 09/05/08
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This EP is really an enjoyable listen, but I don't think it surpasses King VS Queen. I felt King VS Queen had more diversity while in the EP it sounds like they haven't progressed so much. But overall, I really do enjoy listening to the EP though. Good review.
11:40 AM on 09/05/08
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This ep is very solid. i dont usually like this pop sounding stuff, but Brighten does it so well.
11:54 AM on 09/05/08
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Don't listen to this brand of music much at all anymore but I loved King Vs. Queen. I'll have to check this out.
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