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Album Review

In the five years between their debut album and 1999's Eyewitness, it's obvious that Shades Apart have learned how to write consistently catchy melodies. Eyewitness is a little too polished to be a straight-up punk rock record, and it sounds a little too indie to fall into the generic post-grunge category — it falls somewhere in between. But even if they aren't exactly treading musical territory that's uncommon for the '90s, what matters most is that the band has written a strong set of songs, and that's ultimately what pushes the record over the top.

Customer Reviews

Band Overlooked

It's a damn shame that Shades Apart didn't get much radio play. Take a listen to Valentine, Gabrielle, Chasing Daydreams and Stranger by the Day. You won't be disappointed.

Phenomenal...

The celestial references in this album are stunning. Somehow, it gives this more of an ethereal taste on top of the in your face punk rock they submit to the capitulating affection of the listeners. Hands down, my favorite song is SPUTNIK (watching over you). God, I can't get enough of this song. The way it comes in and the riff in the beginning is just astonishing. My other personal selections would be 100 DAYS, KNOW-IT-ALL, EDGE OF THE CENTURY, TIME MACHINE and GABRIELLE. I know it tends to go against the more popular choices, but that's what appeals to me the most. But hands down, I'd say SPUTNIK is probably one of my favorite songs ever. If you're skeptical about the entire album, do yourself a favor and purchase TRACK 2!

Miles above most current acts

When listening to this album, it becomes so obvious just how far the music industry has fallen over the past 10 years. This is a real album - a journey of emotions - from the first note to the last. Such a shame they never got the attention they so deserved. I recommend all songs, but it's the ones like "Sputnik" and "One Starry Night" that demonstrate just how epic this band could be. Buy this album - period.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in New Brunswick, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Bridgewater, NJ-based hardcore band Shades Apart formed in 1988, comprising singer/guitarist Mark V., bassist Kevin Lynch and drummer Ed Brown. After releasing their self-titled debut later that year on the Wishingwell label, the trio fell silent before resurfacing in 1992 with the Sunspot EP Dude Danger; another label change, this time to Skene, followed for the 1993 EP Neon. All members Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton produced Shades Apart's next LP, 1995's Save It, which scored a minor...
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