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Podcast Episode
Season
Eleven
number
529
Type
Album Review
Post Date
3/2/2021

Shades Apart

529 Eyewitness by Shades Apart

Eyewitness

Label
Universal Records
Release year
1999
Producer
Lou Giordano
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On their fifth album and major-label debut Eyewitness, Shades Apart refined their sharp punk edges for radio-friendly power-pop-punk

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The balance between the "pop" and the "punk" in "pop-punk" can be tricky, especially when a band comes from the latter scene. On the Shades Apart 1999 album Eyewitness, the punk of the 90s (i.e. Green Day, The Offspring, Blink-182, Rancid, etc.) is represented more in the songwriting than the speed, something a lot of those bands would incorporate as time wore one. But Eyewitness goes one step further by adding subtle yet effective ska and reggae flourishes more akin to The Police than Less Than Jake. With producer Lou Giordano behind the board, the band crafts a well-manicured sonic pallet but like many, falls victim to the late 90s/early 00s guitar tones that haven't aged as well as the songwriting.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Edge Of The¬†Century
  • 19:35 - Stranger By The Day
  • 31:14 - One Starry Night
  • 37:03 - Chasing Daydreams
  • Outro - 100 Days

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