Fivespeed

Morning Over Midnight
(Virgin)

Can you say "mainstream"? Seasoned Phoenix-based rock outfit Fivespeed has officially grown up with Morning Over Midnight, an album packed with alternacore radio hits destined to top sales charts and incite rabid fist-pounding and panty-wetting on a national level.

Fivespeed has in spades what mediocre nausea-inducing radio bands like Nickelback and Trapt lack -- talent, taste, and, most important, balls. Morning Over Midnight delivers edgy rock ("Fair Trade") and finds Fivespeed minting a heavy and melodic sound all its own. Old-schoolers who used to "see Fivespeed at Nita's Hideaway, dude" might pooh-pooh the slick production and pair of string-laden ballads ("Blame It On You" and "Misery Loves Company") -- but only while their toes tap without approval.

Morning Over Midnight
Morning Over Midnight

With its stock set to soar like Arizona brethren Jimmy Eat World, catch Fivespeed now while you can; the next time you see the band will probably be through binoculars at an arena show.

 
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