The Harsh Light Of Day
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The Harsh Light Of Day

September 19, 2000

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  Song Title
This Is Not My Life
You're An Ocean
Love Is Expensive And Free
Wind Me Up
Morning Star
Dark Street
Funny How It Fades Away
Don't Give Up On Me
Whatever Gets You On

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  • Original Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Hollywood Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 42:12
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  • ASIN: B0013AT23M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,949 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would do Lennon and McCartney proud! March 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
WOW, this is a great album! It's hard to express how impressed I am by it... As much as I hate comparing bands to the Beatles (cuz everybody seems to compare bands to the Beatles these days), I'd have to say Harsh Light of Day would have fit in quite nicely between Rubber Soul and Revolver. Listening to Tony Scalzo and Miles Zuniga, I really can't help but think of Paul and John. The songs are just so darn melodic, and the 2-part harmonies are simply stunning. The straight rocker tunes are great, and the guitars parts a bit reminiscent of the classic 60's sound, yet still retaining their own sound. Quite lovely.
While I loved The Way from Fastball's first album, I'd have to question their choice of singles following that, including the latest off this album, You're An Ocean. I liked You're an Ocean, but it just doesn't seem representative of the rest of the album, as did their previous singles for All The Pain Money Can Buy. While I suppose they fall into the Pop-Rock category, I think they're a bit more edgy than say, Matchbox 20, and not quite so pop sounding as Vertical Horizon.
Well, here's my breakdown:
1. This Is Not My Life: Awesome. Great Miles Zuniga rock opener. Uses that cool mono-stereo thing like they did in The Way. Very cool.
2. You're An Ocean: Tony Scalzo. Pianos are great. As far as the song goes, I actually think this is one of the weaker tracks on the album. Again, I question why they chose this as their first single.
3. Goodbye: A nice little mid-tempo Miles song. Even throws in that Beatles falsetto "hoo!"... haha... great guitar solo.
4. Love is Expensive and Free: Tony. Beautiful song. Great orchestration. I wish I could write a song like this. Awesome chord progressions.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro is the way to go September 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
One would be surprised listening to both Fastball's new album "Harsh Light of Day" and their debut album "Make Your Mama Proud". They've managed to evolve from those alternative, garage rock days to this album, which is full of somewhat retro, Beatlesque pop that is hard not to like. The songs aren't perfect, but there's nothing wrong with catchy. "You're an Ocean" is definitely a winner, and the arrangements on all songs help the medicine go down, since the vocals aren't quite top notch. But Fastball still shakes it up enough to keep you listening with both the guitarist and bassist singing lead. If you liked "All the Pain Money Can Buy", this album is just the next step for Fastball; so, I'd definitely recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT!!!! August 2, 2004
By Hanna
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, I can't say enough for this AWESOME cd. This has been said in other reviews, but Fastball does have a sound that can be described as Modern-Day Beatles. All of the songs have their own character and all speak directly to my heart. I know it sounds corny, but I have a close relationship with this cd, now. It is amazing how greatly this band matures with time. I will leave you with this: Buy It!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny How It Sticks With You May 23, 2006
By Bob L
Format:Audio CD
Once again I'm very late in saying what should be said. This is easily one of the hundred greatest rock albums ever. Fastball is THE greatest band you never heard of. Most people hear their songs on the radio and think they're hearing someone else. They think, Oh that's an Elvis Costello song or Tom Petty or Eagles but it Fastball. The way you tell is it's usually better.

This album shows there songwriting genius. Luckily someone already committed the sacrlege so I will reiterate it. Tony Scalzo and Miles Zuniga are the Lennon-McCartney of this era. There's not a single false note on this album. Every song is brilliantly clever without being pretenious in anyway and where as almost every band, even the great ones, try to unsuccessfully break out of their one sound and represent as many different genres as possible, Fastball does succeed and seemingly effortlessly.

Often the best movies and songs take time to warm up to and many that are immediately accessible wear thin fast. All the cuts here have the amazing trait of being immediately accessible and never wearing thin. In fact their songwriting has the trait of sounding familiar but not like some other song. It's called great songwriting. Become familiar with the two greatest tunesmiths working today and if you get the chance to see them live make sure you don't miss it.

This album is a ten out of five. You can't go wrong buying any Fastball album though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "catchy" tunes album!!! July 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love this album. All the songs are great to listen to and I know almost all the lyrics by heart. This is a great band. I was hooked with their music when I bought "All the Pain Money can't buy." That album also had great songs, but this album has unforgettable songs. From start to finish, It's great. These songs are great pick you up after a hard days work, which is what "Funny how it fades away" says. They undeniably have a Beatlesque sound from songs like "Goodbye" and especially "Love is expensive and free." The way the lead guitarist, Tony Scalzo, and the bass guitarist, Miles Zuniga, alternates lead vocals is what makes both albums great. I also recommend getting the limited edition of this album which has a great live recording of "The Way."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buena!!!
Great band and great record.
Buena banda y buen disco. Recomendado para quien quiere musica facil de digerir.

Buena compra.
Published 13 months ago by Luigi Di Lisio
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Do Not Support Fastball
This EXTREMELY talented band is unfortunately one of many that contributed to a CD called Stop Handgun Violence, a benefit album for a "charity" group of the same name. Read more
Published on August 2, 2009 by Stephen H. Poor
3.0 out of 5 stars Soft Side of Fastball
Fastball's Harsh Light of Day is the second album I've listened to by the group from Austin, Texas. This was a much-anticipated album for me after listening to All The Pain Money... Read more
Published on November 21, 2004 by Jeramey Jannene
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and under appreciated
Not a perfect album. . . but a great one. At times the production is a little intrusive, but the songs rise above. Great songs from both Tony and Miles from start to finish. Read more
Published on August 14, 2004 by W. B. O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Songwriters. Ever?
Tony and Miles are two of the greatest songwriters rock has ever seen. If you can find the limited edition of this album get it. The three bonus tracks are great. Read more
Published on June 8, 2004 by K. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars It will astonish you!
Wow-there is so much going on in this album. This group displays the dichotomy of two opposing personas, as do Lennon/McCartney. Read more
Published on August 12, 2003 by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this one a chance and you will love it.
I loved their previous album and bought this one the day it came out.
On first listen, it didn't make a huge impression. After about the 3rd however I was loving it. Read more
Published on March 25, 2003 by Eddie Bowers
2.0 out of 5 stars Still waters run deep -- this is white water
If you loved the mature sound of "All The Pain Money Can Buy," you may be disgusted by this one. Pop nonsense is right. Read more
Published on May 14, 2002 by A. Hoy
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible...
If anyone of you out there is thinking of buying this album because of its single 'You're an Ocean', then don't. Read more
Published on April 24, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pop CD
This is a CD that you can slip into the player and listen to all the songs--they're all pretty good. Read more
Published on April 1, 2002
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