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  • Summary: The ninth album for the quartet from Pittsburg, Pa., was produced by Tony Visconti.
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  1. Their thrillingly angry seventh album is a more furious companion piece to "American Idiot," raging at both social injustice and the self-righteousness of the punk underground. [June 2008, p.138]
  2. Their sound--enhanced by the energies of a second guitarist, Chris Head, and a bassist, Chris #2--literally urges participation. Every song’s chorus helpfully comes prearranged as a sing-along: no room for sullenness here.
  3. Bright Lights is a super-serious record that demostrates some super-serious song craft. [May 2008, p.130]
  4. Too much of the disc, like the histrionic "The Modern Rome Burning," swipes singsong, folk-stoked stridency from Against Me! and American Steel; the rest of it throws random orchestration at the wall and misses it altogether.
  5. Even if Anti-Flag’s hearts are in the right place, Bright Lights of America is too vague to be impactful.
  6. The ambitious sound of The Bright Lights of America is a dreadful fifty-two minutes long; with an average song length over three minutes.
  7. On the Tony Visconti produced The Bright Lights of America, the band opts for the same brand of pristine song production and testosterone-soaked chants as every other mall-punk band, and, in so doing, makes it hard to discern them from the crowd. [Summer 2008]

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  1. Jul 5, 2011
    I was disappointed by this album overall. The sound of the lyrics was way different than previous albums, which I attribute to the affiliation with a major label. The lyrics sound as if they were all written to be sort of anthem-esque, which is fine for a few songs, but when a whole album is written this way, it comes off overly epic. Bothered me a ton and i won't even listen to this song anymore. Its meaningful message and this bands history is this album's only saviors. I love AF... which is why I have such strong feelings about this album. And as far as punk music goes... didn't do it justice. Expand

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