The former frontman of alterna-heros Dramarama continues to write gritty, emotionally direct pop songs, and he's assisted here by ex-bandmate Mark Englert, Blondie alumnus and skinsman supreme Clem Burke and other fine players. The E-man's barbed, clever lyrics work briskly against the elegant hooks and insistent groves of tunes like the title track, the edgy "Breaking Things"and opener "Call Me Dave." Do the "Bright" thing --- get your hands on a copy.
Monday, April 20, 1998
John Easdale was originally with the alt-rock outfit Dramarama, which released five albums during its career. Among many songs from that band, "Anything, Anything" remains an airplay favorite at radio across the country. After some time off, Easdale now returns with his first solo effort, Bright Side. This CD represents a kinder and gentler Easdale (without smoothing rough edges too much). In addition to Alternative Radio, several tracks are right up Adult Rock's alley. Suggested songs: "Bright Side", "Drown" & "Just Because"