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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. Though lifeless songs such as "Estranged" still remind you of LeMaster's yawn-inducing past, the rest of Dark Light Daybreak suggests he should've stretched out like this a long time ago. [Nov 2006, p.200]
  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. It’s a natural inclination for LeMaster to experiment, but it makes the songs often difficult and unengaging, giving off the impression that they’re half-formed.
  6. 50
    Despite a slew of tasty melodies... [it] feels a bit choked and cautious. [Oct 2006, p.102]
  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