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Dark Light Daybreak

Author: John Somers
09/13/2006 | | | Album Review
Now It's Overhead's latest appropriately titled Dark Light Daybreak fuses clever production with songs of many faces, providing the listener with shifty terrain smoothed over by sonic elements.

Multi-Instrumentalist and sole songwriter Andy LeMaster once again employs the likes of Azure Ray's Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor, along with drummer Clay Leverett and other guests, to help flush out his third full-length release. Dark Light Daybreak is a pop album that leans successfully on the crafty arranging / production of LeMaster and company, which effectively clothe the songs foundations.

Generally speaking, the album opens warm and dreamy, meandering down after the first couple numbers to a place more moody and straightforward, and then climbs back ending with more energy. The opening and closing of the record are the stronger moments here, yielding more inspired songs that lend themselves well to the thick, sun drenched layers of production at the album's foundation. The bright, melodic layers of "Let the Sirens Rest," the heavier electro Depeche Mode-esqe "Meaning to Say," and the sentimental prettiness of "Nothing in Our Way" are where this album clicks, showing the fruits of unification between song and production. However, when Dark Light Daybreak's layers of dreamy production thin out, the album does become a bit dull, leaving it questionable whether these songs would prove to be interesting without the quality production and clever arrangements. Either way, there are some nice moments here that leave one to imagine that this is a band on the up. And if their songwriting catches up with their production, there could be much more to come from this group.


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