Alabama based Standard Candle has already put out one EP and the full length "Juliet?s dying" (2002), so "Curtains" is no debut like I thought when I got this cd from my good friend Mag. Musicwise we?re somewhere between Goo Goo Dolls and Tonic, you could say Standard Candle is the perfect description of how a modern rock band should sound like. If you can?t get enough of your Rzeznik songs and want more of that same kind, then SC will do just fine as a substitute but even if "Curtains" doesn?t reach the same peaks of Himalaya where Goo Goo?s "Dizzy up the girl" lies - SC have no problem reaching the highest spots of the Alps. But if we compare SC with the 2006 version of Goo Goo, these southern rockers definitely rock harder than Rzeznik and Co coz there are only 2 ballads on "Curtains" and they are the nice "Over me" plus the short acoustic thing "Forgive me" - woah,this one truly tastes like a true Rzeznik composition. The catchy opening track "Outside looking in" could in fact also be a lost gem with Rzeznik, good stuff! I also have to mention the AOR licks on the guitar on "Up in lights", not really your typical way of playing modern rock.