People in Planes worked with four producers during the recording of Beyond the Horizon, the band's follow-up to As Far as the Eye Can See. Perhaps most notable are the resulting songs produced by Our Lady Peace vocalist Raine Maida, since the bulk of Beyond the Horizon rests within the same post-grunge niche that Maida helped carve. This is an album dominated by minor keys, by rock songs geared for rainy days, by melodies that evoke Muse without matching that band's proggy grandeur. People in Planes do sound fairly grand on the album's title track, but most of Beyond the Horizon walks a dangerous line that veers a little too close to a rock-by-numbers approach. Riffs take precedence over songcraft -- on "Last Man Standing" the band runs a muscular hook into the ground instead of highlighting it with different passages -- and "Know by Now" is little more than a token tough-guy power ballad. Frontman Gareth Jones sounds great throughout, but sturdy vocals don't make up for the lack of panoramic rock songs like "For Miles Around (Scratch to Void)," whose hint of better things to come was one of the chief reasons As Far as the Eye Can See succeeded.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2