The Harsh Light of Day

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. JeffH
    Nov 11, 2003
    10
    I think this album as a whole in better than All the Pain Money Can Buy. Funny how it fades away is one of the best songs I've heard. Whatever gets you one is a very nice finish to this seemless album.
  2. JeffH
    Nov 11, 2003
    10
    I think this album as a whole in better than All the Pain Money Can Buy. Funny how it fades away is one of the best songs I've heard. Whatever gets you one is a very nice finish to this seemless album.
  3. JeffH
    Nov 11, 2003
    10
    I think this album as a whole in better than All the Pain Money Can Buy. Funny how it fades away is one of the best songs I've heard. Whatever gets you one is a very nice finish to this seemless album.
  4. ColleenJ.
    Jun 22, 2003
    9
    This is one of those albums that doesn't catch you immediately, like All The Pain Money Can Buy did. Instead, it requires the listener to go through the CD a few times, and by that time, one could be so hooked on it that they cannot stop listening to it for long periods of time. All in all, I find this to be a very good album, and I fully recommend listening to their previous two This is one of those albums that doesn't catch you immediately, like All The Pain Money Can Buy did. Instead, it requires the listener to go through the CD a few times, and by that time, one could be so hooked on it that they cannot stop listening to it for long periods of time. All in all, I find this to be a very good album, and I fully recommend listening to their previous two albums, as well as their new live record "Live at Jupiter Records." Expand
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 60
    [I]f anything this album is less rock than the last one, while the droves of extra instruments are used more as decoration than as tools to create broad soundscapes.... Ultimately this album might be a step forward for Fastball, but they end up in essentially the same place.
  2. Their third release has no apparent monster single like "The Way," but the recording as a whole contains a higher number of strong songs. It rocks harder, and the band's previously overpowering influences--most notably Elvis Costello--are now beautifully integrated into a more developed and identifiable sound.
  3. Well-constructed but largely uninspiring... Its lyrics offer little that's dynamic or artful, so what are listeners really left with? Decent melodies, to be sure, and nicely produced tracks... But deep down, the music and lyrics rarely match up, and few songs establish a mood for long enough to hang your heart on.