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Picks and Pans Review: The Harsh Light of Day

updated 09/25/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/25/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fastball (Hollywood)

Album of the week

Don't worry, we don't mean you. But you may know a pop-music fan of a certain age who listens to classic-rock radio and grouses about how they don't make music like they used to. We're talking about people who stopped buying new CDs long before their AARP cards arrived. Well, here's a new album by a trio of guys who are making music that will appeal to aging, er, classic-oriented rock fans weaned on albums that came in jackets, not jewel boxes. Fastball's Tony Scaizo (bass, vocals), Miles Zuniga (guitar, vocals) and drummer Joey Shuffield scored a hit two years ago with "The Way," and once again they harken back to rock's golden era with an album chock-full of melodic hooks, shimmering guitar breaks, boogie piano (provided fittingly by Beatles side-man Billy Preston) and exuberant choruses. "I'm an island, but you're an ocean/ It's a stormy sea of love and emotion," Scaizo sings on "You're an Ocean." Tell your friends to quit complaining.

Bottom Line: High and tight

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