Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces is Seether's 3rd major studio album and the bands newest album in 15 months. The first single 'Fake It' is already released to radio. "We've been working very hard on this album, and it's been quite some time since we've had a single at radio, so we're extremely excited to be back in the saddle, so to speak. We've adopted an ''anything goes'' attitude for this album. We didn't restrict ourselves to straight rock songs, and we were completely open to new ideas," says singer/guitarist Shaun Morgan. "This is not by any stretch of the imagination a concept album, nor is it a 'woe is me, I'm sober' album. We explored our melodic side a little bit more, and as a result, I believe this is our best collective effort to date. It may come as a surprise to some, but we feel like we've grown and are starting to find our place with regards to the sound of the band."
Seether returns with another workaday outing that rocks like late 2001. Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
is virtually interchangeable with any previous Seether disc, as well as pretty much anything by the likes of Nickelback, Shinedown, and other "post-grunge" rock bands. True, "Fake It" has zeal, and "Rise Above This" may very well provide the soundtrack to late-night, soul-searching sessions for teenagers from Cape Cod to Cape Town. Shaun Morgans often unnecessarily profane lyrics are another problem. Witness the gauche "FMLYHM," which borrows from lyrical ideas that sounded novel when Trent Reznor sang them in "Closer" more than a decade ago but now just sound juvenile and unnecessarily angry. Same goes for the numbing epic "No Jesus Christ" and the closer, "Waste." Throughout, the band shows a lack of imagination that may ultimately prove fatal. In all, this is cookie-cutter rock that really doesnt. --Jedd Beaudoin