Bright Like Neon Love

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Bright Like Neon Love
Studio album by Cut Copy
Released 5 April 2004
Genre Electropop, alternative dance
Length 41:52
Label Modular Records
Producer Philippe Zdar, Dan Whitford
Cut Copy chronology
I Thought of Numbers (EP)
Bright Like Neon Love
In Ghost Colours
Singles from Bright Like Neon Love
  1. "Future"
    Released: 4 May 2004
  2. "Saturdays"
    Released: 15 August 2004
  3. "Going Nowhere"
    Released: 18 January 2006

Bright Like Neon Love is the debut album by Australian band Cut Copy. It was released in Australia on 5 April 2004 and in the United States on 18 May 2004. A limited pressing on vinyl appeared on the 20 April 2013 for Record Store Day in a gatefold sleeve.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dan Whitford

No. Title Length
1. "Time Stands Still"   4:34
2. "Future"   5:12
3. "Saturdays"   3:38
4. "Saturdays (Reprise)"   1:39
5. "Going Nowhere"   3:41
6. "DD-5"   0:26
7. "That Was Just a Dream"   2:34
8. "Zap Zap"   2:42
9. "The Twilight"   5:25
10. "Autobahn Music Box"   4:31
11. "Bright Neon Payphone"   3:52
12. "A Dream"   3:45


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned In Sound (9/10)[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
Spin (A–)[5]
Uncut 3/5 stars[6]

The album received positive reviews, and Metacritic, which compiles reviews and aggregates them, gave the album a score of 81 indicating "universal acclaim". NME compared the album to "Technique-era New Order fed through My Bloody Valentine's distortion pedals" and described it as "the album Daft Punk should have made".[4] In his highly positive review for Drowned In Sound, Euan McLean described the album as "the record The Human League could have made if they'd remade Fleetwood Mac's Rumours in 1985" and congratulated the band on "mixing emotion and technology to perfection".[7]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Drowned In Sound UK The 50 Best Albums of the Year 2004 #15[8]


The cover art of Bright Like Neon Love was closely imitated by the art for the 2008 Lunada album by Thalía. Both shared the concept of a face in close-up, wearing sunglasses and bright lipstick. Thalia claimed that the artwork had been presented to her by the design team for her label.


  • Dan Whitford - vocals, synthesizer, drum machines
  • Tim Hoey - guitar
  • Bennett Foddy - bass guitar
  • Mitchell Scott - drums
  • Dougal Binns - acoustic guitar (track 10)


Charts (2004) Peak
Australian ARIA Dance Chart 18
Australian ARIA Hitseekers Chart 19


  1. ^ " Bright Like Neon Love LP entry"
  2. ^ Leijon, Erik (2004). "Bright Like Neon Love - Cut Copy". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Review. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  3. ^ "Drowned In Sound review". 
  4. ^ a b (7 May 2005, p. 66)
  5. ^ (August 2004, p. 108). Spin review
  6. ^ (August 2005, p. 103). Uncut review
  7. ^ McLean, Euan (2005-05-03). "Cut Copy - Bright Like Neon Love / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  8. ^ "Drowned in Sound's Top Albums of 2004". Retrieved 2012-02-08.