Review: Hyland – Weights & Measures


Tooth & Nail Records

Released May 3 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

Sometimes I’m told that I am supposed to have been highly anticipating a debut album, but I had no idea who the band was or why I was to care.  On the other hand, I’ve been wanting to hear the brand new Hyland album for so long I didn’t think that it would actually get here.  I had heard songs from their independent work and kinda new what I was getting into, but I still had to wait to see what would happen when Aaron Sprinkle got his producing hands on the band in the studio to see what we’d get.

Weights & Measures starts out quickly in the form of a pop rock anthem, as their first single “Jumping The Gun” introduces us to Hyland with a song about overcoming failure with faith, a sure hit for fans of The Afters.  Anberlin’s own Stephen Christian makes a cameo on the next track, “The One That Got Away”, which he helped write and it’s difficult to not notice the difference between a young band and a seasoned professional.  “This Distance” strums the album along with an acoustic guitar lead and a Run Kid Run familiarity.  The lyricism on the album varies back and forth between relationships with God and those with people, but “Crying Out” can’t be mistaken for anything short of a worship song in a pop format.  Much like it is the acoustic “This Love Is Free”, which could have easily made its home on an album from a band like The Museum.  “Fireworks” is possibly the fastest rock and roll song on the album for fans of something along the lines of the latest stuff from The Wedding.  From there we run into mostly the same pattern of pop rock songs until the closer, with “Coast to Coast” being a strong finish to a solid album.

What you’ll get from Hyland’s debut label release is good ole fashioned pop rock sensibilities from start to finish and the Stephen Christian cameo will sure to bring in a few ears to see what is what.  Sure, I could name ten more bands that I haven’t yet mentioned that have some similar sounds, but what do you expect from such a genre?  For a debut, this wouldn’t be a half bad pickup and is worthy of a listen.

Grade: 3.5/5

Tracklisting:

  1. Jumping The Gun
  2. The One That Got Away
  3. This Distance
  4. Crying Out
  5. This Love Is Free
  6. Fireworks
  7. Heart To Life
  8. Never
  9. Til Death
  10. Desperate Man
  11. Downhill
  12. Coast To Coast
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