The band Over the Sun put all the pain and energy from a battle to save love into their Way Back Home album. The set was a journey of sorts as they watched one band member become helpless to a relationship ending. Lyrics with real world consequences and deep emotions would make this a stand-out album.
As the band would share, this album is a way to wrap up the bumpy ride of 2016. In the start of the album on “Way Back Home” there is a sense of both urgency and fear. This is just the start of the break-up, where the pain is still raw but the final outcome of the relationship isn't known. The lyrics point to a fine line between fighting to keep something alive and dealing with the shock of being in that exact situation. The feeling overall is a retro rock twist.
“Hello Goodbye” continues down that confusing journey, again we are not sure if they are going to make it past this relationship hurdle. Things are still raw enough that there is confusion in something as simple as seeing someone that used to be a daily part of life. This was my favorite song of the set.
We can also identify with that moment when you want to see someone so badly but you also know whatever would be gained from that visit would be short lived. “Whatever It Is” seems to be that inner dialogue of getting to a place of being OK with either outcome of the break-up. It is an anthem and reminder of sorts to not get lost as a person in the actions of another.
“Waste of Time” is a sad ending to the healing that I think many within the band were pushing for. The emotions where so real and the vocals organic. I think that combination was what made this so enjoyable and moving to listen to. Both the lyrics and the emotions in the voice add to the overall story.
Even though clearly things did not work out between the ex-spouse and the band member, the product of this roller coaster made a very intriguing album. The passion and feeling is not something one can simply fake or replicate.
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