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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Overnight – These Days Are Over
2009, Overnight

Overnight is the sort of musical collective that isn’t far removed from the term super group. Members of overnight have played in various bands/ensembles, including Rye Coalition, NAS, Lauryn Hill, Breech (with members of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mary J. Blige and Gliss. This range of influences and exposure form the basis of the sound of Overnight. Lush Rock N Roll with electronic trimmings is the special on These Days Are Over, Overnight’s soon-to-be-released sophomore album.

These Days Are Over opens with Harlem River Drive, 6:45; a near-ambient prologue to This Is How, a U2-style epic rock song that is perhaps the best on the album. Strange Love is a wonderfully off-kilter arrangement that relies heavily on electronic instrumentation. Oh The Life! is also highly catchy and memorable, with lead vocalist Philip Watts sounding quite a lot like Bono. I also enjoyed Other Side, a mellow yet energetic rocker and I Know, where Overnight ends up sounding like a more refined version of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Suspect Genius is also worth a spin or two for its punk rock energy.

Overnight definitely hits some high notes on These Days Are Over. This is a musician’s record, and as happens sometimes when musicians really get into a project, there are points where the attempts to perfect a certain sound or style perhaps overwhelm the pure musicality of a given song or part of a song, but on the whole this is a very worthwhile listen.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Overnight at or A release date for These Days Are Over was not available at publication time, but keep checking Overnight’s web site for additional information.

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