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By 2003 I was still a huge fan and supporting them all I could. I had enormous visions of where this band could go, and their technique of experimenting with sounds and textures within relatively simple pop-rock structures put some ideas in my head of more progressive albums coming from them in the future. The self-titled album of that same year proved to be something else altogether; it almost felt like a sidestep. It was apparent that a lot of experimentation was going on within what the band was familiar with, mostly with song structure and putting more emphasis on the rhythm section. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, and it spawned a handful of pretty good songs. It looked like things might be interesting for their next album...
Then came 2007's Them vs. You vs. Me, arguably the most polarizing of any albums Finger Eleven has released. "Old fans", for the most part, went ballistic over the change in direction of the music. I gave it a chance, but it really only got a couple of spins in my player before it was shelved. I just couldn't get past how generic everything sounded. It reminded me of every other Top-40 radio band out there. I honestly could not find a single song that connected with me, and I felt let down.Read more ›
Sure, Finger Eleven cannibalize themselves a bit on "Life Turns Electric" -- most noticeably with "Living in a Dream" which attempts to redress "Paralyzer" in hopes of a quick hit -- but as a direct follow-up to "Them Vs. You Vs. Me" you might be surprised by how strong and consistent it actually is. The album was self-produced by the band's two guitarists, James Black and Rick Jackett, so it should come as no surprise that this is a very guitar-driven record. The album's two opening numbers, "Any Moment Now" and "Pieces Fit" are bursting with energy and tasty licks from the twosome and get things started on a strong note. "Whatever Doesn't Kill Me" and "Good Intentions" find the band mired in middle-of-the-road material, yet singer Scott Anderson comes through with a passionate performance to save the day as he always has.Read more ›
Cue Life Turns Electric.
While it sounds more mainstream than their first 3 albums (die-hard fans, you've been warned), it is MUCH better than the last album. WAY more focused (guitars chug much more, just like the old days...)has amazingly catchy riffs (could identify every song within days of owning it)and has a potential radio hit with "Stone Soul". All in all, it was a strong album from a band trying to find a niche that is true to their style while still putting bread on their table. Here's my humble opinion on each song (rating based on other songs in album):
-Any Moment Now (3/5)-Strong opening, catchy riff. Doesn't scream "hit" to me though. I don't know why...
-Pieces Fit (4/5)-Good ol' grit and guitars. Recommended for fans of GOBS who don't think today's F11 has balls.
-Whatever Doesn't Kill Me (5/5)-How you say, epic. Beautiful. As majestic as you can be with electric guitars and fast beat. Here's the formula: Snow Patrol - keyboards + whiskey.
-Living In A Dream (4/5)-"Paralyzer" Part 2. It's not paralyzer, and it knows it, but it can strive to be like its big brother. How, you ask?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Their best album so far! Every song is good, and some are great. My favorite songs are Living In A Dream, Don't Look Down, Pieces Fit, and Any Moment Now. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Science lover
Apparently, this band went in that route that bands sometimes take in which they want to experiment and what comes out is not a great album, this...is that type of album. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by JoB
A awesome album an is really worth the money cause u will not regret it so give it a tryPublished on September 22, 2012 by taylorjax2000
I'm a huge Finger Eleven fan. I've seen them live several times, and have every one of their albums. That said, this thing is generic garbage. None of the songs are memorable. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by Bobbo
...Wow, this is not the F11 I was introduced to when I first saw videos for "FIRST TIME" and "DRAG ME DOWN" on MTV-X in 2000! Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Eric Johnson
I usually listen to darker bands but this album is a nice change of pace with mostly feel good and positive songs, if you are having a bad day this album will cheer you up. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by NeoGeo
Usually I find that bands I like tend to get better as they mature. In this case, I have to say that I feel like this album slipped a little bit from the last CD, which I adored. Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by E. Fields
This CD is even better than Them vs. You vs. Me. I love it! You can hear in their music listeneing from their early work to hear and they have matured so much as a band and so... Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Lissyperson
At first i thought the Cd was a bit lame. Not enough songs is one reason.
However after a few listens i genuinely like it and shows that finger eleven have... Read more