Time and Distance – Gravity
Label: Not Alone Records
Release Date: July 14, 2009
Gravity is a force that keeps man’s feet on the ground, and it is strangely ironic that Time and Distance name their effort Gravity. This album soars above the clouds with some of the best pop-punk I have heard recently. The songs are catchy and danceable without being shallow, and the band strangely avoids sounding generic despite the fact that they break little ground. Finally, they offer radio-ready pop-rock without sounding overproduced.
Gravity disc opens with “First Time Caller, Long Time Listener,” a song with catchy riffs that are pleasantly danceable. “33 1/3” contains a great opening riff and then follows through with a strangely Cartel-esque chorus and a combination of drumbeats and bass riffs. “For Real” opens with some sweet piano and guitar work. Unfortunately, the band fails to follow through on this hopeful intro, the song drags during the verses, and the chorus gets old fast. Thankfully, the song is saved by a good ending. “Living In Fiction” seems to explode to life suddenly after the mundane nature of the previous song. Sadly, there is a slight problem with the vocal and lyrical delivery at certain points in the track, but the band’s instrumentalists manage to keep things interesting before the absolutely stunning end. “Away We Go” is one of the weakest songs on the album. It is uninteresting and tacky. Thankfully, the record saves itself from mediocrity with the following two tracks. “Baby Be” is easily the greatest track on the disc, with an arena-ready chorus, cute lyrics and an absolutely stunning layering of vocals. “Sunday,” another highlight, features good production, great guitar work, and manages to sound sweet without the clichés. “Sell,” unfortunately, doesn’t add up to its two predecessors, but contains an interesting chorus. “Waiting” contains an amazing intro, great music, and above average lyrics before perfectly segueing into a catchy chorus. “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades” is easily one of the most summery in this album of summer pop. Its intro is amazing, and its chorus soars higher than Mount Olympus. “On My Own” is a beautiful song, with a great guitar line and nice lyrics. The production stands out the most on this track, because it saves this song from sounding cheesy. Album closer “Gravity” contains amazing gang vocals, and stunning instrument work. The band shows an impressive control of dynamics, and ends this album on a high note.
Overall, this is a very strong effort from Time and Distance. Though there are a few missteps, the band saves itself very quickly. Highlights include “Gravity,” “Sunday,” “Baby Be,” and “Waiting” (though it should be noted that every song except “Away We Go” and “Sell” could be called a high point).