Further Seems Forever - Hope This Finds You Well Audio Samples Available

Hope This Finds You Well by Further Seems Forever

Cross Rhythms Rating: 10/10
CD: Album
Tags: Hard Music, CD, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
Retrospective of the Pompano Beach rockers' first three albums.

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  1. 1. The Moon Is Down
  2. 2. Pride War
  3. 3. Hide Nothing
  4. 4. Snowbirds And Townies
  5. 5. Light Upahead
  6. 6. Against My Better Judgement
  7. 7. The Bradley
  8. 8. New Years Project
  9. 9. How To Start A Fire
  10. 10. Like Someone You Know
  11. 11. The Sound
  12. 12. Wearing Thin
  13. 13. Bleed
  14. 14. Pictures Of Shorelines
  15. 15. 10 For All We Know
  16. 16. Vengance Factor
  17. 17. There Now I've Said It
  18. 18. Say It Aint So
  19. 19. Light Up Ahead (acoustic) 24
  20. 20. Bye, Bye, Bye
  21. 21. Justice Prevails
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Reviewed by Paul Baker

There is much debate as to how to box this band: are they classic emo-punk, nu emo-punk, indie-rock, progressive rock, etc? Such quibbling over hard music's endless sub-divisions is usually a good indicator of an original act or, as with this Bermuda quintet, at least a genre-busting one. So it's particularly sad that the troubled group finally called it a day in February. As it turns out though they've left behind this classic compilation. The first song and the title track of their much lauded debut album, "The Moon Is Down", seems almost prophetic of the bands troubled history (they went through three vocalists and songwriters in as many albums), with lyrics like "We are the terminal cases, but we're so determined to thrive/This one is us." Tracks like "Wearing Thin" dwell on our accountability before God and his unending patience: "Go your own way, I'll be with you/Make mistakes and I'll forgive you." Others deal with the pain of relationships, such as the messy break-up in the "The Bradley" and a son's memories of his alcoholic father in "Say It Ain't So". Most important are the songs that take the self-loathing and isolation of so much nu-metal and emo-rock and identifies it as God's wake up call, together with optimism that Jesus can pierce the darkness, such as in "Light Up Ahead" ("Heart of darkness... Wake me up, there's a light up ahead"), "Someone You Know", where a broken spirit calls out "Ready when you are", and "Hide Nothing" (which oddly also apologises for hell; "Change is coming though it's nothing personal"). Stylistically the music twists like a snake. Rarely is there a predictable song structure and the music is often a frothing sea of ambiguous chords and tag-team arpeggios amidst virtuoso quick-silver drumming. Tempos are stretched and genres skipped through, often within the same track. It absolutely refuses to be pinned down, moving from brutal punk, anguished metal and System Of A Down style vocals to delicate Nick Drake-esque music box acoustic guitars, lo-fi Chillies and Smashing Pumpkins introspection. This is not showmanship (although this band is certainly capable of that), more that, as in "New Years Project", the dynamics of the music are dictated by the emotional content of the songs. This does not make for background music; it demands far too much of your attention. It is intelligent, challenging, sometimes aggressive, often beautiful, with lyrics that draw you into the song as if it came straight from your own heart. In a CCM scene that so often follows the secular, Further Seems Forever endeavoured to redefine it. They'll be sorely missed. 10 Paul Baker

Style: Hard Music
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 17594
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Tooth & Nail TND49570
Items: 1
Release Date: 01 May 2006

Retrospective of the Pompano Beach rockers' first three albums.

Further Seems Forever - How To Start A FireFurther Seems Forever - How To Start A Fire
Hard Music CD Audio Samples Available

£9.97 £12.99

2003 line up band offer smouldering emo rock.

Further Seems Forever - Hide NothingFurther Seems Forever - Hide Nothing
Hard Music CD Audio Samples Available

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Third album, and third vocalist, for the American emo-merchants.

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