Bright Light Bright Light has opened for Cher, Erasure, Ellie Goulding and Scissor Sisters and already has collaborations with Sir Elton John and Alan Cumming under his belt, but it is fair to say that the New York based Welshman has pulled out all the stops for his latest studio album, Fun City. Featuring a party-full of artists (Andy Bell (of Erasure), Big Dipper, Brendan MacLean, Caveboy, The Illustrious Blacks, Initial Talk, Jake Shears, Justin Vivian Bond, KAYE, Mark Gatiss, Niki Haris & Donna De Lory and Sam Sparro) Fun City certainly has the collaborator credentials to garner your attention, but does it pack the same powerful pop punch as it's predecessors.
With a back catalogue that shows a stunning ability to take a lead from both the 80s and 90s, Fun City is once again a very current record with a retro heart. And while the albums that have come before it have had key single moments, but worked best as a body whole, Fun City is single central from start to finish, yet simultaneously gelling together perfectly as a body of work.
Strangely Bright Light Bright Light has never fully broken into the mainstream, despite fleeting TV appearances, syncs and radio support - but Fun City could well be the album to change all of that.
Although there are some real stand out moments - the Kaye collab Never Be Lonely and solo number I Used To Be Cool - this album's only lowlight comes in the Big Dipper featuring Love Song - and even that is only a lowlight in context. On any other record it could easily be a stand out!
From the irresistible Jake Shears collab Sensation through to the poignantly perfect pop of Caveboy featuring It's Alright, It's OK, Fun City is exactly what it says in the title.