Over It - Timing is Everything
Release Date: September 3, 2002
Record Label: Lobster Records
Timing is everything is a slightly too ironic title for Over It’s sophomore record. The bombastic pop punk sound that emerges on their first properly produced disc would have blown up had it been on the coattails of pop-punk’s breakthrough a few years earlier. Despite how overlooked Timing is, it finds Over It retaining its punk edge ala No Use for a Name or Lagwagon while adding a keen sense of melody and strong songwriting. This is the kind of record that may remain a hidden gem forever, since Over It reworked their sound with the release of their next record, Silverstrand.
The edge that Over It brings to this record makes it much more enjoyable than the cut and paste pop punk songs that have out gained it in popularity. The pummeling opener, “Limiter” and the following “Wrong Way” are extremely catchy pieces that will attract fans of high octane punk bands. Although Peter’s vocals can lean somewhat into emo territory, they come out much stronger on this album than on their previous outing, The Ready Series. This combination makes this a very appealing album to both sides, a good crossover that is both exciting and interesting.
The somewhat opus of the record is the pseudo ballad, “Fall.” It is a lighter approach, complete with acoustic guitar echoes, and it is a great example of the emotive side of pop punk. The fade-out ending only reinforces the atmosphere that Over It was able to create amidst their hammering opening numbers. Following this the pace jumps up for five quick numbers, the meat of the middle of the record. “Nothing Serious” is infectious and “Worry Bomb” grooves along like an early New Found Glory track.
The one-two punch of the closing tracks is a mirror of tracks four and five, but equally effective. The closer, “Crush” is a perfect example of what Over It excels at on Timing is Everything. Probably the most anthemic track on the record, it combines the pounding drumwork of the beginning of the disc with probably the catchiest chorus on the album. One of the most satisfying things about this album is that the band seems aptly expressive and comfortable with the songs they have written. Nothing seems forced, and the combination of punk and pop rarely see a better end result.
2. Wrong Way
3. Serial Kisser
5. Nothing Serious
6. Things You Never Knew Existed
7. Thrill Seeker
8. Worry Bomb
9. Cross Tolerance
10. Chasing a Constellation