Like a young Eddie Vedder before he had the signature grit in his voice, like the Goo Goo Dolls without as much professional polish, Allday Afternoon exhibits a catchy, pleasing rock style. A second spin on the CD player already had me singing along to the melodies. "Open Ended" is very much a good ol' American rock album; it feels like summer, driving way over the speed limit with three or four of your buddies piled in the backseat. The problem is that your friends think that baseball hats are the epitome of style, and you're on your way to get wasted on cheap beer.
For a college band, these guys are solid. Their record sounds great, and the songs are patently sing-able. On that basic level, Allday Afternoon delivers a satisfying performance. Sadly, this is as far as it goes. There is very little originality on this record -- no interesting riffs, no thought provoking lyrics, nothing gripping to provoke an emotional response from the listener. This is bland, generic rock at the height of its predictability. There may be a song or two that will float in your head for a while after you listen to it (I'm particularly fond of "I Couldn't Find, the first track), but you know what's coming up ahead without ever having listened to it before.
Allday Afternoon is an enjoyable record for the most part, but, alas, has no staying power. Unless they develop a distinct style within the rock genre, they will fall into the muddle of indistinguishable pop songs along with "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Tell Me All Your Thoughts On God". But it worked for the other generic bands, for Hootie and the Blowfish, for the Goo Goo Dolls...and it will work for Allday Afternoon, too.