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The Morning Light

The Morning Light
Fearless Records


When a band releases their debut EP in March and gets so much positive press that their first full length comes out a mere 6 months later, you know it's something worth checking out. Well, the band The Morning Light released The Sounds Of Love EP in March 2008 and as promised their first self-titled full length was released on September 2008. But it wasn't until after I gave this band a listen or two that I realized, yes, they were worth checking out.

If you take a look at their album art, it's very bright, multi-colored, and definitely circa 1970. And when you jump into the first song "Wake Up!" you see that their music is just that: very bright, multi-colored and yes, circa 1970. The piano that morphs into an electronic organ, coupled with a few cleverly placed "la la la"s and even the brief horn involvement, brings back many Monkees memories. To make it all better, the lyrics are so simple, yet addictive enough that I can see myself literally waking up to this song every morning. Okay, so you're up, out of bed and in a rather good mood. Next comes "Done Writing Love Songs," because naturally after a cup of coffee, you think about love that's no longer there. Sure, why not. Regardless of the theme of this song, the brightly colored melodies are still there. The beat's a bit stronger between the drums and bass, but the poppy vocals go just as nicely with the horns as when they all were first introduced. Now you're walking out the door and you need a song that puts a little bounce in your step. A perfect song for that is: "Happy-Now." The beginning starts out with an awesome Charlie Brown-style piano and our favorite "la la"s. But, you only get a few steps before the beat is struck up quite a bit faster; all leading into a chorus that goes a little like this: the punk from New Found Glory mixed with a Fall Out Boy tempo and harmonies out of a Panic! At The Disco song. I know... I didn't believe it either until it came up again (as choruses do) near the end. By the end of this song, you'd no longer be walking, but skipping. So now you're at work and need a song to keep the smile going, but nothing too crazy, that would be "Have You Tonight". The piano and percussion lead-in is priceless and sets a bluesy tone to this song. Drawing out the lyrics and quieting down the guitars keeps the tone going. To top it off is a brass section, including what seems to be a trombone, and is so perfect that John Coltrane would be proud. The day's ending and so does the album with "Movin' Along". This time we're doing it with a bit more rhythm. The brass section is back and it helps to keep this song from getting depressing; because if you listen to the lyrics you realize they are really about the loss of someone special. You think you've got the song figured out, that is until about half way through when everything changes, the bass takes lead with a very electronic deep, almost angry feel. However when the ending starts, the vocals become so strong and powerful. It's very much a proclamation of the fact that the singer is ready to move on. And a sensual set of "da da da"s take us out to the end.

It's really easy to categorize this band from just the first song, but you wouldn't be doing them justice. The Morning Light has figured out a way to combine all the great elements of popular bands from past and present into a nicely colored album.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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