Australian songstress Lenka is certainly not new to music. At 37 (she honestly looks about 22), The Bright Side is her fourth studio album, situated somewhere between indie and pop music.
The Long Way Home opens the album with an uplifting tone as Lenka‘s vocals sail over the top of instrumentals comprised of light piano, drums and percussion. Blue Skies has more of an electronic sound, with a pulsating beat throughout. Lyrics such as “I know that it’s gonna be blue skies, for you and I”, mean it could easily become a clichéd love song but with a laid-back clapping rhythm, it avoids such a fate. This rhythm continues into Free as she encourages her listeners to leave behind the worries of yesterday. Her optimism has the potential to become nauseating but you can’t help but be hooked in by her soaring vocals – they seem to carry a kind of wisdom, given her lengthy prominence in the industry.
With more of a folk/pop sound, Unique is a foot-tapper and carries a beautiful message about self-worth – “I am me and that’s unique. Why should I be like everybody? It’s overrated being ordinary”. Next, and the most down tempo track on the album, Go Deeper is atmospheric with punchy synths and whispery vocals. We Are Powerful, with its whistle melody, is a pleasant enough but is perhaps lost amongst some of its predecessors, given its lyrics and tune seem to echo what we have already heard.
Hearts Brighter is much like Go Deeper with the addition of a fleeting piano and final title track The Bright Side – which embraces the clapping rhythm of earlier tracks on its chorus – is essentially sunshine in a song. It’s upbeat and Lenka‘s voice peaks and dips on lyrics such as “We were just looking but we started living on the bright side”.
As the title suggests, The Bright Side invites its listener to embrace the good in life and evokes nothing but happiness. You can’t help but smile and feel relaxed throughout this tracklist. After about six songs, the tracks do begin to merge into one another, rather than standing alone but it is nonetheless a solid effort. It certainly has similarities to Taylor Swift‘s 1989 and that’s no bad thing.