Review Summary: The fact that Over it execute things as well as they do on Timing is Everything is as good a credit as most bands in their niche can get.Timing is Everything
is an ironic title for Over It’s sophomore record. The bombastic pop punk sound that emerges on their first properly produced disc could have blown up had it been on the coattails of pop-punk’s breakthrough a few years earlier. Timing is Everything
finds Over It retaining their punk edge ala No Use for a Name
while adding a keen sense of melody and stronger songwriting. Although Over it showed some ability to craft a hook on The Ready Series
, the songs were at best derivative. Timing is Everything’s
crisp sound and increased variety gives it more long term value.
The pummeling opener, 'Limiter' and 'Wrong Way' are anthemic songs that may attract fans of high octane punk bands. Peter’s vocals (partially due to better production), are much confident on this album than on The Ready Series
. This combination makes this a very appealing album to both sides, a good crossover that is both high energy and thoroughly melodic.
The centerpiece of the record is the pseudo ballad, 'Fall.' It settles into a mid-tempo groove layered with tasteful acoustic guitar work. Its fade-to-black ending reinforces a great melody that contrasts with the hammering opening numbers. The pace then jumps up for five quick numbers, the meat of the middle of the record. 'Nothing Serious' is infectious and 'Worry Bomb' grooves like an early New Found Glory
track. The band rarely wears out their welcome on Timing is Everything
. The only time they come close is on the pseudo-emo nugget 'Chasing a Constellation'.
Closing track 'Crush' is a perfect example of what Over It excels at on Timing is Everything
. Probably the most anthemic track on the record (sporting a rally cry of "Take up our arms and fight till time leaves us alone"), it combines the pounding drums of the beginning of the disc with the album's most infectious chorus. One of the satisfying things about this album is that the band seems aptly expressive and comfortable with the songs they have written. Even though the band makes very little (if any) attempt to push the pop-punk template, the fact that they execute things as well as they do is as good a credit as most bands in their niche will ever get.