From The ToyboxThis is the critically acclaimed full-length debut album from one of America"s most promising new bands. Highlighted by the songwriting duo of Jeff Miller (keyboards, guitars, co-producer) and Buzz Saylor (drums, vocals), these 10 tracks display an impressive maturity and craft that one would expect to find in a "seasoned" artist...not a "rookie" debut. Drawing from a rich and varied musical palette, the compositions and arrangements seamlessly weave a tapestry of pop, jazz, progressive, funk, and rock. Equally, the lyrics are "cohesively diverse", painting vivid imagery, poignant storytelling, hopeful resolution, and even downright silliness (ala Monty Python). As a point of reference (for those not yet familiar with "the Apple"), they have been favorably compared to the likes of Sting, Steely Dan, The Dave Matthews Band, Genesis, and Marillion, to name a few. But the comparisons end there. This is not a band that seems interested in re-hashing tired cliches. The music is steeped in a classic pop songwriting tradition, topped off with high-caliber musicianship. If this is considered old and worn, then Simon Apple are guilty. But to the contrary, the music exudes a fresh, new twist to the "timeless" songwriting traditions of musical generations past. All three singles released from the album, entered the US Top 40 Adult Contemporary charts in 1998..."It"s Over", "A Boy Like Me", and "Scenes Of December".