Halfway Down the Sky

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the close of the '90s, it was nearly a crime for a band to just be a rock band. Any band whose roots lay in the album rock of the '70s and early '80s were still marketed as an alternative band -- even though all the steam had run out of the alternative rock movement. There were signs that radio and the public were beginning to accept straight-ahead pop
ock bands again -- witness the New Radicals' success -- but that was before Splender recorded their debut album Halfway Down the Sky. True, the group was raised on alternative rock, but they also were raised on album rock, resulting in an appealing melodic hybrid of anthemic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the close of the '90s, it was nearly a crime for a band to just be a rock band. Any band whose roots lay in the album rock of the '70s and early '80s were still marketed as an alternative band -- even though all the steam had run out of the alternative rock movement. There were signs that radio and the public were beginning to accept straight-ahead pop
ock bands again -- witness the New Radicals' success -- but that was before Splender recorded their debut album Halfway Down the Sky. True, the group was raised on alternative rock, but they also were raised on album rock, resulting in an appealing melodic hybrid of anthemic hooks, serious lyrical matter and musical directness. Unfortunately, in the process of recording, Splender's talents became buried in a production that's neither modern nor classic rock. In the hands of producer Todd Rundgren -- a man who knows how to craft pop records -- the band's quirks are ironed out with loud electric guitars and '90s clich├ęs such as shifting dynamics. Rundgren may have thought his work was contemporary, but the end results feel strangely out of time. Halfway Down the Sky should have been given a straight-ahead, unadorned production, but as it stands, it's a weird blend of '70s songcraft, '80s gloss and '90s attitude. At times, Splender's skills shine through -- primarily on the softer tracks, or whenever the guitars fade into the background -- and when they do, the group sounds quite promising. Those moments just don't happen often enough on Halfway Down the Sky.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646914441
  • Catalog Number: 69144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Don't Understand (4:01)
  2. 2 Yeah, Whatever (3:42)
  3. 3 Monotone (3:03)
  4. 4 Space Boy (3:39)
  5. 5 Special (3:11)
  6. 6 I Think God Can Explain (3:55)
  7. 7 Supernatural (4:07)
  8. 8 Irresponsible (3:08)
  9. 9 I Apologize (3:21)
  10. 10 Spin (3:41)
  11. 11 Cigarette (4:01)
  12. 12 Wallflower (4:00)
  13. 13 London (8:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Splender Primary Artist
James Cruz Bass, Vocals, Loops
Waymon Boone Guitar, Vocals
Marc Slutsky Percussion, Snare Drums
Luke Ebbin Organ
Jonathan Svec Guitar, Piano, Cello, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Producer, Engineer
Scott Gormley Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
James Cruz Arranger
Waymon Boone Arranger
Luke Ebbin Programming, Engineer
Scott Gormley Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They are AweSome!!!

    I first heard I think God can Explain on the radio and loved it! After searching on the internet, I saw that it was sung by splender. I listened to a few samples of their other songs and immediately bought the cd. "I think God can Explain" is the best song on there. However, the rest are really good too. "Yeah, Whatever" can become a real addicting song. Overall, I think the cd has great beats to every song. I really love this cd and I think everyone else should go buy it too. Splender is a great band who deserved more praise than they did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awsome

    Spendor is a great new band and a icon for new music. I think god can explain is becoming my favorite song, and splendor my favorite group. A mix between a awsome voice and incredible musicians make spendor's halfway down the sky a must buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome band!!!

    I just saw Splender open for Third Eye Blind 2 nights ago, and I have to say, they were awesome. The lyrics are great, the vocals are great, the giutars are great, the drums are great...looks like everything about them is great. Everyone should go out and buy this cd as soon as they can-it's well worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Slpender, a short review.

    i first saw Slpender as an opening band to Live, just last night. i must say that they have a very promising career ahead of them. the lead singer has a soulful voice and the guitars just pump you up. the drums give the meaningful lyrics a backbone of beat, and its an all around great band! i loved it so much.. i have to go get their cd now. -jen

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