It can't be easy being Fastball, considering that most people pretty much expected them to go away following the surprise success of their single, The Way. But by golly, as both Matchbox 20 and Sugar Ray have inexplicably demonstrated, there can be a round two.
Of all those generic bands modern-rock radio threw against the wall a few years ago, Fastball were the least self-aggrandizing, so points right there. Furthermore, they've taken great care to fashion The Harsh Light Of Day as a songs record with big, bold choruses, sweet melodies, a light latin feel and very sticky lyrics. That there isn't a track on the album that screams for attention might pose a marketing challenge, but otherwise this is listenable, nuanced pop/rock. Take it or leave it.