Dark Light Daybreak - Now It's Overhead
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  • Summary: The band's third album finds producer/songwriter Andy LeMaster once again joined by Azure Ray's Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor, plus drummer Clay Leverett.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. The brilliant new album Dark Light Daybreak sees Now It's Overhead mixing the smoldering and beautifully layered guitar sounds from 2001's self-titled debut with the haunting synth-pop beats from 2004's Fall Back Open and taking them a step further by including more intricate melodies, polished arrangements and even grander guitar-scapes.
  2. While nothing on Dark Light Daybreak is mind-blowingly original, it's all very good, and each song only adds on to the effectiveness and beauty of the next, layering one upon another like the instruments themselves, and making a very solid, even great, album.
  3. 80
    This album pays less attention to the club lights and feels more clubbed over the head emotionally. [Sep 2006, p.136]
  4. For an album with such a diverse sound palette, it spends too much time in one mode-- sincere, mid-tempo grandeur-- to be more than another solid, perfectly listenable album.
  5. 50
    Despite a slew of tasty melodies... [it] feels a bit choked and cautious. [Oct 2006, p.102]
  6. If anything, the vocals provide the most effective dynamism in lifting these tracks out of their banality and providing sporadic moments of layered exaltation – short, shimmering flashes of greatness on an album that’s not especially compelling.
  7. Dark Light Daybreak reaches for territory that LeMaster simply is not ready for, and which is unsuited for the songwriting strength he possesses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChristineR.
    Sep 29, 2006
    9
    Possibly not as enticing as 2004s Fall Back Open (would that be because we don't hear Maria Taylor & Orenda Fink as much as we used to?) Possibly not as enticing as 2004s Fall Back Open (would that be because we don't hear Maria Taylor & Orenda Fink as much as we used to?) but still GORGEOUS album full of hummable tunes (don't believe the reviews!) AND moody atmospheres... Not a step forward, but a great step sideways... Expand
  2. BigTomCasual
    Dec 7, 2006
    8
    Yeah, I'm not sure what is up with the backlash against this album. I'm very picky about what I listen to, and yet there are Yeah, I'm not sure what is up with the backlash against this album. I'm very picky about what I listen to, and yet there are multiple tracks on this album that I can NOT get enough of. If you like catchy tunes that don't treat you like you're an idiot - check this out. Expand