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Little White Lies

Fastball

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Album Review

Fastball spent much of the 2000s rather quietly but they were hardly the only '90s alt rock band to be in seclusion. The fallout of the alt rock explosion led to lots of bands being written off as one-hit wonders — sometimes fairly, sometimes not — and the vagaries of the music business sometimes suggest that a band had faded out when they're just taking a break, as Fastball did during the bulk of the decade. Once they left the major leagues, they released Keep Your Wig On on Rykodisc in 2004 then took an extended break, reconvening in 2009 for Little White Lies, an album that suggests that the band might be better off now that the spotlight isn't shining directly upon them. Little White Lies is stripped-down and simple, a brisk, muscular guitar pop record that showcases their melodic strengths in a way none of their other records do. More than ever, Fastball sounds like a classicist pop band in the best possible sense: they build upon tradition without being beholden to it, and the unadorned production draws attention to their nicely structured tunes and finely honed performances. This might not be a knockout; it's something better — a quietly assured record that finds Fastball confident and mature, reaching a new pop peak.

Customer Reviews

Holy Wow!

I happened to be listening to a shuffle with "The Way" on it, and I thought, "What have Fastball been doing lately." I did not expect this: a really superior pop album. Too bad the world is so completely ignorant and superficial to dig old school rock 'n' roll of this caliber. The world's loss.

Another Winner!!!

This is what a rock record should sound like. Brilliant song-writing, tight harmonies, fantastic riffs, and songs that wedge themselves firmly in your heart and head.

That these guys haven't received more critical acclaim and notoriety is one of life's great mysteries to this listener.

Buy it! You won't disappointed.

-Rosetta Pebble

Fantastic!

This is one of my all time favorite albums. I don't know how they managed to maintain their upbeat pop/rock sound AND make some of their melodies more complex. I have also truly enjoyed listening to their sound and lyrics mature over the years. "The Malcontent" being an excellent example. This band did not get the recognition it deserved! I don't think they've recorded a song that I don't like. C'mon, Fastball...make another album. Please?

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1994 in Austin, TX, Fastball combined a fondness for melodic, Beatles-inspired pop with the alternative aesthetic of late-'90s mainstream rock. Guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga, bassist/vocalist Tony Scalzo, and drummer Joe Shuffield — all veterans of Austin's underground rock scene — originally banded together under the name Magneto U.S.A. After signing with Hollywood Records, the musicians changed their name to Fastball (sharing the name with the title of their favorite baseball-themed...
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