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Over It: Step Outside YourselfStep Outside Yourself (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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It's like the band have reborn themselves again -- and they know it. The above words come from the promotional material supporting Step Outside Yourself, Over It's fourth full-length release, and first for major label Virgin Records. This is indeed a refreshed version of a band that has been kickin.
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It's like the band have reborn themselves again -- and they know it.
The above words come from the promotional material supporting Step Outside Yourself, Over It's fourth full-length release, and first for major label Virgin Records. This is indeed a refreshed version of a band that has been kicking around the pop-punk scene for the better half of a decade, playing over 700 shows from coast-to-coast, and touring with the likes of Yellowcard, All-American Rejects, and Relient K. Seasoned, stylish, and confident in their musical abilities, the only thing heretofore lacking from Over It's stock of weapons has been a palpable amount of buzz and of course, the financial muscle to truly market "the big hit." Whether or not the latter actually comes to fruition, no one can blame Over It for not giving it their everything.

Getting down to business -- Step Outside Yourself is drastically slowed-down from the band's earlier material, and notably more consistent in mid-tempo from 2005's breakout release Silverstrand (Lobster). Still, Over It's core is undeniably rooted in pop-punk, and while the band's sound has become more and more technically advanced over the years, its quotient of youthful enthusiasm and sheer earnestness has never waned. At first glance, Step Outside Yourself is an uncomfortable, if not purely frustrating listenā?¦at least for this longtime fan. It takes more than a few deep listening sessions for Over It's musical evolution to sink in. Plainly, the band's newfangled "major label sound" is slightly disorienting.

But like most things where the very issue of newness becomes muted over time and familiarity, Step Outside Yourself rapidly becomes a mostly endearing piece of work. Opener "Think Against the Grain" is delightfully catchy and on-point with its message of personal and intellectual openness. The followup, "Gunslinger" establishes a baseline for aggressiveness -- Over It may have polished up their sound, but they haven't traded in their affinity for powerful choruses. "Siren on the 101," the re-recorded stunner from Silverstrand is a few paces slower on here, but features an additional bit of guitar nuance, courtesy of new member Ryan Ogren, formerly of Don't Look Down. I've been a sucker for this song from its first impression, and I am more than happy to see it given a second chance for widespread exposure. On the fifth track, "Dishonor, Disorder," Over It truly takes advantage of the massive sound the recording provides. With interactive, punchy guitars and dead-on drumming from the highly talented James Ulrich, this song pushes aside the band's penchant for breeziness (see songs "Too Much Information," "Mr. Serious," and "Feels Like Affection") and whips up something with much more depth and darkness.

Step Outside Yourself stumbles a couple of times with Over It sounding very loose, especially as the album wades into its final quarter. Songs such as "Feels Like Affection," and the closer "Like Satellites" strain under the pressure of lead singer Peter Munters inching out of his range. The latter song is made even more disappointing by the fact that it marks the end of the album, where previously Over It always shined in that position with "Crush" from Timing Is Everything, and "Partner in Crime" from Silverstrand. The twelfth track, "Come Out with Your Hands Up," is largely forgettable except for an unexpected bit of rhythmic flair towards the end that feels like a waltz after a few too many umbrella-laden poolside cocktails. In all, the album's thirteen songs cover more than 40 minutes of music, and it takes some perseverance to digest all the sugar in just one sitting.

Listening to Step Outside Yourself is like eating at your favorite pizza place after it has undergone an extensive renovation and moved towards more upscale fare. Yes, the dish with the fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, and organic basil tastes great, but sometimes what you really crave in the end is the greasy but charming slice you've come to rely on for comfort for years and years past.

 

 
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Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

Y'know what? I actually listened to this ... and it's different for them but damn good. if you get over some of the sour grapes in the comments below, you might be pleasantly surprised by this one.

Anonymous (September 5, 2006)

Wow, brah, that's so fucking cool!

Anonymous (September 5, 2006)

Me and probably 10-20 people at the most remember their first and I mean first recording called, Leprechauns Play Basketball. It was a cassette with a great graphic with a leprechaun twirling a ball on his finger. I was in 1996-97 era.

swingline (September 5, 2006)

the new sugarcult is good stuff, f'reals.

johnnydanger (September 4, 2006)

This record is a joke. The last good release was Timing is Everything. Why? They were still ripping off Propagandhi instead of Yellowcard.

Anonymous (September 3, 2006)

The last paragraph of this review could not be more lame.

Scruffy (September 3, 2006)

So, did this band see Chicken Little or The Truman Show when they were trying to figure out what the cover art should be?

Anonymous (September 2, 2006)

I agree, I found it funny that 'pastepunk' had to review this and nobody at punkews had the balls to do it. The style of writing of this review is worse than pitchfork.

feeeding5000 (September 2, 2006)

This is the sound my dog makes when she's taking a shit.

Anonymous (September 2, 2006)

This album is better than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and Mozart combined. Me and my boyfriend make love to it every night.

Jason Tate.

Anonymous (September 2, 2006)

i never liked this band

almostpunkenough (September 2, 2006)

god, what happened to these guys?? 'Timing...' was so good, even 'Silverstrand' had some really cool moments. this though... just as meh as can be.

i do like 'Feels Like Affection' though.

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

Love this record. Not the most original thing by any means, but so enjoyable. It's like candy to my ears.

pastepunk (September 1, 2006)

Glad to see there's an established Pastepunk curve out there :)

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

A pastepunk "7" is like a regular person "3". Which doesn't bode well for Over It.

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

God damn Jordan. Now I want a Sicilian.

As for this album, I thought it was okay but their weakest one to date.

I hope all this slow stuff isn't going to be permanent for this band.

Ramo

barryscatton (September 1, 2006)

This record is a pile of garbage.

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

i was going to say something but eh, i'm over it

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

the new Sugarcult is so much better

longshot (September 1, 2006)

the cover of this cd kinda looks like Suffer. kinda.

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

after all the defenders of the crappy much the same record, I haf expected peoplel to love this junk as well...maybe there are some standards on this site still.

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

Crap.

kirbypuckett (September 1, 2006)

Jordan, killer review. That last little bit can be applied to so many bands that decide to change their style, where it ends up being decent, but not great.

Score is for that metaphor (because I don't like this band).

- Kirby

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

more like Overrated lolz

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

good album. fuck all the haters!!!

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

i'vE HAD IT WITH THESE MUTHAFUCKIN SISSY HOME BAND REVIEWS ON THIS MUTHAFUCKING "PUNK" NEWS SITE ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : . ! . : : .

rashandcurious (September 1, 2006)

Why is this the same review from pastepunk.com. Are all the big staffers afraid to bash it? Peter Munters is no Dr. Dan.

Score is for the album.The energy is off the hook?

TheMarc (September 1, 2006)

I gave their last album 4 stars, and I can't stand this shit. Another one bites the dust!

colin (September 1, 2006)

jason tate is stoked.

dusticles (September 1, 2006)

fuck this shit.

Timing is everything is a sweet listen....but this is pure shit.

Big_Guy (September 1, 2006)

more like Over Shit.

nah, I like about 3 songs on this. very dissapointing

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

Wow Jordan Baker LOVES the new Over It. What a surprise....

This is terrible

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

They should break up. This album is horrible!

Dante3000 (September 1, 2006)

WEAK!
And they blew us off for an interview. Damn this crap.
-Dante

BrendanKelly (September 1, 2006)

Lame. Lame lame. Lamel lamlfklajfskdnfakls stupid

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