Hyland – Weights & Measures

By Eric Pettersson on May-4-2011 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , , , , | Share

Hyland – Weights & Measures
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3.1 (14 votes)

Artist: Hyland

Album: Weights & Measures

Label: Tooth & Nail Records

Release Date: May 3, 2011

Reviewer: Eric Pettersson

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

There’s been a lot of talk on this site lately about the shifting direction of Tooth & Nail Records. One reader saw Hyland’s new album announced and commented, saying that he wished T&N would stop signing pop-rock bands. Many have expressed nostalgia for the “good ol’ daze” of punk rock, though I can assure you that at any point in the label’s history, their roster has always been a mixed bag of incredible and forgettable artists. The question with each new band and each new album is not whether it lives up to the label’s past glory but which of those two categories it fits into. Will Hyland be the next Slick Shoes, or are they just another Mainstay? As with many of the bands that Tooth & Nail signs, it is still too early to tell. Many of their bands only develop into something special after two or three records, but many never quite get there. Weights & Measures shows signs of each.

The overall sound is what one might expect from a pop-rock band on Tooth & Nail, somewhere along the lines of The Fold or Run Kid Run. One of the first things you’ll notice is that the lyrics are more blatantly Christian than we’re used to hearing these days, which is something that will definitely draw in listeners to hear these stories of faith. Unfortunately, I thought the most interesting part of the record was Stephen Christian’s guest vocals on “The One That Got Away,” which he co-wrote, adding some Anberlin flair to this otherwise straightforward and not-at-all edgy release. But, the rest sounded better when I turned it up real loud and used it as background music while doing some work, so at least Hyland’s got that going for them.

Overall: It’s got a few good points, and sure it’s got potential, but overall Hyland’s debut is a rather boring, mediocre, and forgettable release. Those who digest the album on a lyrical level will surely get more out of it, though it’s hardly a standout on the current T&N roster, even with the help of Aaron Sprinkle and Stephen Christian.

Hyland - Weights & Measures, 3.1 out of 5 based on 14 ratings

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24 Responses to 'Hyland – Weights & Measures'

  1. Nelson says:

    From what I’ve heard, I would agree completely. WIth the review and the fact that Tooth and Nail is just signing all of these pop rock bands. Although, I must say, I’m really excited to hear what Sainthood Reps come out with. They seem pretty indie to me.

  2. Greg says:

    I would rate it a little higher, but I like this genre – modern melodic rock in the vein of Anberlin, Nevertheless, Forever Changed, Search The City, and the latest Relient K album. I think it’s a solid debut with plenty of hooks. “Coast To Coast” is probably the standout track on the album for me. My one complaint is that there aren’t more tracks driving rock songs like “Fireworks.” I hope they last more than one album, because they show a lot of promise on their debut.

  3. David Green says:

    Based off what I’ve heard, I agree with you completely.

  4. Count me among those who digest the album on a lyrical level. Though it is a Debut, the album is very well done, and they are not ashamed to be blatantly Christian. They have a pop-punk feel that at times reminds me of Bleach. This Love is Free, Fireworks, and Desperate Man have the potential to become big radio hits. I would go a bit higher, and give it about a 7 or 8

  5. Sam says:

    Good definition of Tooth and Nail in general! From what I can tell though, too many of Tooth and Nail’s recent signings have fallen into the “forgettable” category and not enough into the “incredible” category. They still have great artists, but most of them have been on the label for a while.

    I wasn’t really planning on checking this record out, and, to be honest, I think I’m less inclined to do so now. The whole pop rock thing takes a lot for someone to stand out as unique in it these days.

  6. Eko says:

    listened to this streaming like two weeks ago and thought it was nice. first two tracks sort of reminded of old anberlin. nothing to call home about. 6.

  7. Ben says:

    I listened to the album and was disappointed myself. I have been a fan of this band for about 10 years or so going way back to T 39 days. The T stands for something I will leave for you…I think the cd did not represent how they really sound. The EP that came out prior to the full length was 100 times better. Then again I am always critical of the friends I have that have made it on to labels. I being a label myself am always looking for originality and not cookie cutter CCM stuff. Alot of the songs are average. Made the mistake of buying it. It was a gesture of support to Jon and the rest of the guys. I feel like Lee is in the background but he is not with the band anymore. He played guitar and was good.

  8. Katie says:

    I must be the only person who really likes this album which is weird because I’d heard them a while before T&N signed them and didn’t like them at all! lol ;)

  9. Tim says:

    Tooth & Nail do absolutely nothing for me these days.

  10. Tony Takach says:

    Never was really big into tooth and nail to begin with however I have seen a decline in quality over the years with a few exceptions of course. I like some alternative rock bands like the classic crime, some anberlin, relient k to an extent, pod, and even stuff like ivoryline etc. but I’m more into the heavier side of things and I prefer bands on face down and solid state. To me there is more passion with the harder bands, not always but for me at least I find more depth and creativity when listening to something like “Creator” by Hands then run kid run although I appreciate the poppier side of music sometimes. Like I said I’m not bashing softer music I love ivoryline’s “vessels” and I even like a little ska and softer punk music like further seems forever. But lately I have found more heart in the heavier releases. Though the breakdowns are getting annoying, if you look deeper you will find really good bands.

    • Tim says:

      Relient K have never been on T&N as far as I know… I thought they were on Gottee and now they’re on Mono Vs. Stereo which is an imprint of Gottee.

      I don’t think Solid State has made that many decent signings recently.

  11. Patton says:

    I’m not a huge fan of the album but there are moments where I hear potential. I love Fireworks, even if it is a Readyfuels rip.

  12. Eko says:

    I had the thought last night that T&N should sign Listener. Would pretty much instantly revitalize their lineup.

  13. Patton says:

    I think T&N still signs decent artists. What I’ve hear from Sainthood Reps I like. Write This Down is a pretty solid band. Queens Club and Children 18:3 are both great

  14. Anon says:

    Lee played bass “ben”… I think the this whole review is more bassed on what you wish tooth and nail was instead of who they are today. If you don’t like the style why would you review the album? I am a touring label signed artist who actual enjoys music and would say this is one of the better releases this year. I would give the band an the label a little more credit.

  15. Eric says:

    I find it difficult to swallow that many rate House of Heroes “Suburba” so high, yet this album gets a 5 out of 10. “Suburba” was actually a step backward for House of Heroes from their album “The End is Not the End” where as Hyland’s “Weight’s and Measures” shows progress and growth from their EP Quotients. I rate Hyland’s debut on T&N as a 7 out 10. Good stuff, kind of a new flare to Search the City.

    • Iaya97 says:

      Albums aren’t usually rated on progression only. “Suburba” may, in your opinion, be a step back from “The End is Not the End,” but it still is a fantastic album. “Weight and Measures” may show good progress, but that doesn’t mean it has progressed enough to be more than a 5 out of ten. And when it comes to that rating, it’s reviewer’s opinion.

    • Tyler H says:

      house of heroes’ poop is better than hyland’s best song not featuring stephen christian, but i still think hyland can come out with a better album than this was based on the few songs on here that are pretty good.

  16. Jacob says:

    Having loaded this band in, patched their stage, explained why a Beta58 is better than an SM58, emceed them to the stage, and heard them live (with all the monotone drop-D chug chug, minus the well crafted tracks somebody made) i will not be buying this album.

    Then again, i’m no where near a 14 year-old girl, so i’m not sure i quite fit the target listener. But with that in mind, i don’t think half of us on IVM fit Hyland’s target listener mold :P

    Btw, somebody go watch their music video for “The One that Got Away” and pay close attention to the singers mic…. notice anyting unusual? Yepp. That’s a kick mic. Point proven.

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