Turn on the Lights

Turn on the Lights

by Daniel Powter
     
 

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After hitting the big time with the ubiquitous 2006 single "Bad Day," singer/songwriter Daniel Powter returned in 2008 with Under the Radar. That album failed to garner the same level of attention as "Bad Day" and Powter fell on troubled times, shying away from the spotlight and burying his anxieties in a variety of distractions that landed him in rehab. Cut to

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After hitting the big time with the ubiquitous 2006 single "Bad Day," singer/songwriter Daniel Powter returned in 2008 with Under the Radar. That album failed to garner the same level of attention as "Bad Day" and Powter fell on troubled times, shying away from the spotlight and burying his anxieties in a variety of distractions that landed him in rehab. Cut to 2012 and Powter's fourth studio album, Turn on the Lights, finds him returning to the melodic, brightly produced sound of his smash 2006 self-titled release. Which isn't to say that 2008's Under the Radar wasn't melodic -- or bad for that matter -- it just didn't contain any songs that jumped out and grabbed you in the way much of his previous work had. There was also an aura of spiritual heaviness and a weariness of fame that clearly plagued Powter and was evident on many of the songs on the album. In contrast, much of the work on Turn on the Lights has an airy, enthusiastic sound that speaks to Powter's reclaimed pop energy. To these ends, we get the cheery and romantic leadoff cut "Cupid," which finds Powter celebrating the little everyday things that keep couples together. He croons, "When I sing out of key/Still play air guitar for me/Let's get stupid dancing with Cupid tonight." It is just that knack for matching the mundane ironies and charming details of life with hummable melodies that drew people to "Bad Day," and which is evident all over Turn on the Lights. Similarly engaging, the midtempo "The Day We Never Met" is a sparkling, piano-driven melodic pop love song that finds Powter painting a picture of a different kind of bad day in which he never meets the love of his life. Elsewhere, he updates the '70s Bee Gees sound with the disco meets contemporary dance-pop number "Crazy All My Life," and keeps the '70s vibe rolling with the anthemic, falsetto-infused Elton John-style ballad "Best of Me." After one bad day and years of bad times, Powter has re-emerged from the darkness, and Turn on the Lights is certainly a bright spot in his career.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2012
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5065002032034
catalogNumber:
0203203

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Powter   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Howard Benson   Piano,Keyboards,farfisa organ,Hammond B3
Josh Freese   Drums
Kevin Griffin   Guitar,Percussion,Harmonium,Beatbox
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar,Mandolin,Ukulele
Sean Hurley   Bass
Dan Rothchild   Tambourine
Marco Mendoza   Bass
Warren Huart   Guitar,Percussion,Piano
Jimmy Fahey   Loops
Michael Jerome Moore   Percussion
Aidean Abounasseri   Guitar

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Producer
Paul DeCarli   Programming,Engineer
John Fields   Composer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer
Kevin Griffin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jamie Muhoberac   Programming
John Nicholson   Drum Technician
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Scott Stevens   Composer
Zac Maloy   Composer
Shig Fujita   Executive Producer
Bleu McAuley   Composer
Monica Benson   Composer
David Hodges   Composer
Hiroaki Ito   Executive Producer
Daniel Powter   Composer
Brendan James   Composer
Jimmy Fahey   Programming
Kris Allen   Composer
Matt Scannell   Composer
Lenny Skolnik   Programming
Hatsukazu Inagaki   Engineer
Warren Hunt   Producer,Engineer
Daniel Fields   Composer

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