GATEWAY DISTRICT, THE: Some Days You Get the Thunder: CD

There’s so much right about this album, from its handwritten lyrics laid down on art by the band members, to great imagery in their songs. “My eyes are too wide for this light. It makes halos around the wine.” That’s a line from their song “Keeps Track of the Time.” But there’s too much juxtaposition to the overall flow of the tracks for me. Going from deep, heartfelt songs to straight-up pop tunes was a little too jarring for my ears. There are a lot of meaningful lyrics here, but it’s put to music that just doesn’t express the emotions of what they are saying.

 –N.L. Dewart (It’s Alive)