Bright Idea

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Bright Idea
BrightIdea.jpg
Studio album by Orson
Released May 29, 2006 (2006-05-29)
Recorded 2005 in Hollywood
Genre Pop rock / Indie Rock
Length 42:59
Label Mercury Records (UK)
Producer Noah Shain
Orson
Chad Radchild
Orson chronology
Bright Idea
(2006)
Culture Vultures
(2007)
Alternative cover
Original self-released version
Original self-released version
Alternative cover
Red iTunes UK version
Red iTunes UK version
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Virgin Media 4/5 starslink
musicOMH.com 3/5 starslink
Time Out London 3/5 starslink
Yahoo! Music 9/10 starslink
Drowned in Sound 3/10 starslink
AllMusic 3/5 starslink

Bright Idea is the debut studio album by American power pop band Orson. Originally self-released in 2005, it was released commercially on May 29, 2006 in the UK and internationally on June 13, 2006.[1]

The album was recorded for just $5,000 in Hollywood, funded by the band themselves, and produced by Noah Shain.[2] It contains the hit singles "No Tomorrow", "Bright Idea", "Happiness" and "Already Over". Bright Idea charted at #1 on the official UK album chart on June 4, 2006.[3] The video for the single "Bright Idea" was directed by Tony Petrossian and was released as the follow-up to the UK #1 chart topper "No Tomorrow".

The album was prized with a platinum record in the United Kingdom.[4] About 700,000 copies were sold worldwide.[5]

Founding guitarist Chad Rachild departed the band shortly before the completion of the album's recording sessions and was replaced by Kevin Roentgen.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jason Pebworth, except where noted; all music written by George Astasio, Chris Cano, Johnny Lonely, Pebworth, and Chad Rachild.

  1. "Bright Idea" – 4:13
  2. "No Tomorrow" – 2:47
  3. "Happiness" – 3:56
  4. "Already Over" – 3:52
  5. "Downtown" (Astasio, Pebworth)[7] – 4:23*
  6. "Tryin to Help" – 3:04
  7. "So Ahead of Me" – 3:34
  8. "Last Night" – 4:33
  9. "Look Around" – 5:05
  10. "Save the World" – 3:40
  11. "The Okay Song" – 3:50
  • UK edition only.

Personnel[edit]

  • George Astasio - guitars
  • Chris Cano - drums
  • Johnny Lonely - bass
  • Jason Pebworth - vocals
  • Chad Rachild - guitars (tracks 1-4 and 6-10)
  • Kevin Roentgen - guitars (track 5)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom May 29, 2006 (2006-05-29)
World June 13, 2006 (2006-06-13)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Austria 51
France 29
Germany 48
Ireland 32
Switzerland 38
United Kingdom 1

References[edit]

Preceded by
Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
UK number one album
June 4, 2006 – June 10, 2006
Succeeded by
Smile... It Confuses People by Sandi Thom