FASTBALL

"The Harsh Light of Day" (Hollywood Records; 2000)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

I know this disc is a bit older, but their single "You're Not An Ocean" climbed to Number 8 on the Adult album alternative chart. Their biggest hit was "The Way" and it reached the top spot in 1998 and, even though commercial sales for this album were less than anticipated, it's still a good disc. The music is layered in parts and a bit glossy but very well written and played.

The guitar is my favorite part. It's got that Stray Cats sound to it but not too much rockabilly so it still sounds modern. There are a few solos on the more solid tracks and they sound good. Their harmonies sound great and the musicianship is tight among this trio. This is a disc that you can play straight through -- it’s good for driving.

The strikes: "You're An Ocean," "Wind Me Up," "Morning Star," "Time," and "Don't Give Up On Me."

Fastball: Miles Zuniga – vocals, guitar, keyboards; Joey Shuffield – drums, percussion; Tony Scalzo – vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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