The Afters make their major-label bow with an engaging pop/rock set marked by memorable songs, solid musicianship and an abundance of personality.

The Afters make their major-label bow with an engaging pop/rock set marked by memorable songs, solid musicianship and an abundance of personality. The talented foursome of Mark Dodd, Brad Wigg, Joshua Havens and Matthew Fuqua developed their musical chops in Dallas, honing a sound that has been described as the Smashing Pumpkins colliding with Coldplay. The disc's title comes from the spirited, anthemic track "Someday." "Beautiful Love" is the first single at AC radio, while "You" has gained traction on Christian stations. "Wait" is a tender Beatles-like ballad that demonstrates the softer side of this outfit. This is one of those albums where a great local band pulls together all the elements to make the leap to the national stage.—DEP

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