The Harsh Light of Day

( 4 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
They made a mighty big splash with the deceptively catchy 1998 single "The Way," but then slipped back into the shadows, making folks ponder the possibility that these Austinites were another in the new wave of one-hit wonders. Well, there's no telling if another smash lurks in the grooves of The Harsh Light of Day, their third album, but Fastball certainly prove that there's plenty of obsessively listenable material left in their bag of tricks. The surprisingly textured set starts out on a dark, introspective note, with frontman Miles Zuniga nagging at some serious psychic scabs on the mournfully melodic "This Is Not My Life" -- a tone that continues on the cinematic ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
They made a mighty big splash with the deceptively catchy 1998 single "The Way," but then slipped back into the shadows, making folks ponder the possibility that these Austinites were another in the new wave of one-hit wonders. Well, there's no telling if another smash lurks in the grooves of The Harsh Light of Day, their third album, but Fastball certainly prove that there's plenty of obsessively listenable material left in their bag of tricks. The surprisingly textured set starts out on a dark, introspective note, with frontman Miles Zuniga nagging at some serious psychic scabs on the mournfully melodic "This Is Not My Life" -- a tone that continues on the cinematic ballad "You're an Ocean." While such concerns pop up frequently, the trio afford some room for listeners to take a breather, as on the knowingly cheesy "Love Is Expensive and Free," which bobs along to a synthetic beat that sounds like it was transported from a shopping mall organ shop. Zuniga manages to invest his songs with a sense of maturity without sounding like too much of a sourpuss -- and, as evidenced by "Vampires" -- without losing his grounding in the pure pleasures of good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. A fine pitch, indeed.
All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
When a band breaks through the way Grammy-nominated Fastball did with 1998's platinum All the Pain Money Can Buy and its two hit singles "The Way" and "Out of My Head," it's easy for music critics and cynics to write the group off as a one-album wonder. However, with the expansive The Harsh Light of Day, Miles Zuniga on guitar and vocals, Tony Scalzo on bass and vocals, and Joey Shuffield on drums show enormous growth as musicians and songwriters. To release an album with rock songs this tight in a year of boy bands, pop rap, and teen nymphs is brave, but when you need to live up to the album's predecessor as well, the move might even be considered foolish, but Fastball pulls the trick off with vastly different songs that are able to stand on their own but also form a cohesive unit. With each multi-layered cut, the trio shows pop songwriting skills not often seen in such cookie-cutter times -- especially in the particularly staid field of alt-rock. Employing piano courtesy of Billy Preston on "You're an Ocean" and a mariachi orchestra courtesy of Jose Hernandez and guitar courtesy of Brian Setzer on "Love Is Expensive and Free", this bold album takes you on an aural adventure of strings, guitars, and hooks paired with intelligent lyrics and taut instrumentation. It's nice to see a band that is more than a one-trick pony. Fastball may just be the harsh light of day the alternative market needs.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Warner SpeC. MKT. Uk
  • UPC: 809274549129
  • Catalog Number: 745491

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Is Not My Life (3:00)
  2. 2 You're an Ocean (3:17)
  3. 3 Goodbye (3:13)
  4. 4 Love Is Expensive and Free (3:02)
  5. 5 Vampires (3:10)
  6. 6 Wind Me Up (3:59)
  7. 7 Morning Star (3:59)
  8. 8 Time (3:16)
  9. 9 Dark Street (3:28)
  10. 10 Funny How It Fades Away (4:08)
  11. 11 Don't Give up on Me (3:33)
  12. 12 Whatever Gets You On (6:38)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fastball Primary Artist
Billy Preston Piano
Brian Setzer Electric Guitar
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Kim Bullard Organ, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Loops, Synthesizer Bass
Reggie Burrell Background Vocals
Luis Conte Percussion, Conga
Randy Kerber Piano
Julian Raymond Background Vocals
Marty Rifkin Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Bennett Salvay Organ, Piano, Celeste, Electric Piano
Michael Ward Slide Guitar
Angelica Garcia Background Vocals
Miles Zuniga Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Tony Scalzo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Joey Shuffield Percussion, Drums
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Technical Credits
John Aguto Engineer
Alan Estes Vibe Master
Greg Goldman Engineer
Julian Raymond Producer
Bennett Salvay Orchestral Arrangements
Fastball Producer
Miles Zuniga Composer
Brett Allen Guitar Techician
Enny Joo Art Direction
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Cool

    This is a very nice cd. I LOVED it! =D

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fastball Has It All!

    These guys truly rock. Their intelligent lyrics coupled with catchy melodies make you want to hear more and more of their songs. ''Love Is Expensive and Free'' is one of the all-time greats in my opinion. The other tracks are not far behind in quality. Just wonderful to listen to or sing along with. Texas can be proud of these guys, not only their mommas.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    time for everyone to enjoy ''FASTBALL''

    If you think ''the wallflowers'' are great, and if you love ''matchbox 20'', try ''fastball'' then you will certainly appreciate my review. I personally discovered ''fastball'' since their previous release. Now it is one of my favorites..Dario

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews