- All the Pain Money Can Buy
on the Outside Corner for a Strike
If you listen to
the radio, you HAVE to have heard Fastball by now. If
you watch MTV you HAVE to have seen Fastball by now.
Yes, they are one of the bands we are being barraged with
in the same manner we are being attacked with Matchbox 20.
The good news - they are a pretty good band. The bad
news - they may end up suffering the same fate as Matchbox
alternative rock artists are hard to come by these days.
Fastball fits into this category. Matchbox 20 is one
of the other alternative bands that fit the category.
(I will try to keep the Matchbox 20 references down, as their
styles are not very similar, but the radio treats them similarly).
The problem is that the media is destroying the band.
I can't turn on a radio these days without hearing Fastball's
first single from this album - "The Way". Don't
get me wrong here, the song is a good song, in fact it is
the reason I purchased the CD in the first place. Luckily
for me "The Way" is not too similar to the rest
of the album.
Fastball is a band
that can be liked by the masses. This can be a good
and a bad thing. It is a bad thing for the reasons listed
above, but it is good because most everyone is guaranteed
to at least be able to listen to the album and not hate it.
If you are into a more adult-contemporary, top 40 - style
of alternative music, you will love this album. Their
style reminds me of a mix of Dada and the Refreshments, except
with a more laid-back tempo, Being a Poe fan, I was
pleased to hear her sing backup vocals on the track "Which
Way to the Top". Another welcome addition was the
variation on the album. "The Way" has the
Spanish feel to it, which is not present on the rest of the
album. "G.O.D. (Good Old Days)" has trumpets,
trombone, and saxophones added in. This gives the track
a rockabilly/ska mix feel. (If the horn chords were
hit harder and shorter it would be a lot closer to ska).
This album is nothing
new. It gave me nothing to squawk about to my friends.
I do not go out and tell everyone this is a must-have album.
However, if you are a fan of bands such as Toad the Wet Sprocket,
Dada, the Refreshments, Cake, the Replacements, The Posies,
or, dare I say it... Matchbox 20 - this album will fit in
well with your CD collection. There is nothing here
that has not been done before, but the lyrics are good, the
chord progressions work, and the band plays well. Buy
it if you want, it is your call.
the Pain Money Can Buy
out of 5.0