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Reviewed by Steve Scott
When listening to a new band for the first time it is rare that their music will strike and uplift you as immediately as this young five-piece did for me. On the first listen to this debut from the South Carolina-based Overflow, I was instantly drawn in by the catchy hooks and clever songwriting. Overflow have an incredibly positive sound, with countless feel good choruses and an underlying theme of hope throughout the CD. Similar in places to the likes of Steve, Switchfoot and Train, there is also an intelligence to the music that defies their youth - the oldest band member is aged just 23. Both the musicianship and creativity of 'A Better Place' stand out, no doubt thanks in part to producer Scotty Wilbanks (NewSong) and executive producer Mac Powell (Third Day). Overflow are certainly a band full of potential, I don't think we've heard the last of them.
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This South Carolina-based quintet's songs—written by Overflow's Mark Breazeale, Will Carter, Matthew Hayes, Josh Cromer and Tom Pellerin, along with producer Scotty Wilbanks—carry a theme of hopefulness. Throughout, the band's youthful exuberance is showcased. Overflow really shines on such uptempo fare as the hooky title cut, which highlights the group's tight musicianship as well as Pellerin's personality-packed lead vocals. And don't overlook the effervescent 'My Days Are Better.' This is feel-good music at its very best. Welcome this breath of fresh air to the Christian format.