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Telsa return in 2008 with their first new studio album since 2004's Into The Now, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #31 and featured the mainstream rock hits: "Caught in a Dream" and "Words Can't Explain". Tesla is a Hard Rock band formed in Sacramento, California in 1984, and they have sold over 16 million albums in the US as of 2008. Forever More is their seventh studio album. This isTesla's first album to be produced by Terry Thomas since 1994's Bust a Nut. The album was engineered by Michael Rosen, who worked with the band on their Into the Now album and marks the first full album of original material for new guitarist Dave Rude.
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"Forever More" is the opening track, a nice mid tempo perhaps rocker that could have benefitted with a time change at around the 3:10 mark to go more for a uptempo heavier feel, like a type of interlude or bridge time change (not so up on musical terms)...but if you remember how a song like "Shine Away" does this, it really livens up the song, and takes it in a different direction for a brief period, and I love stuff like that. Eventually the song does returns to the original tempo and feel it had before. The break it has there anyway is not bad, but I just thought it might go up a notch right in this section to liven up the song.
"Breakin' Free" is another song that could use this formula at the 3:00 mark to really, really break free and rock out I think. Minor points I think, and perhaps it wouldn't work, just a longtime Tesla fan's perspective on a couple things on the CD.
Other than that, the album to me is very uplifting hard rock in true Tesla form. I'll list my favs in order at the end of the review after quite a few listens, as with any new CD from a fav band...there is a lot to absorb. I am happy to report there is very little that is dull about the album, it has so much life and to me is as valid today as if it had come out 10 years ago, maybe 20 years ago? Still listening to it and after 5, 6 runs through it, it hasn't lost anything, and continues to open doors/thoughts on it, so that says alot. Believe me, if I didn't like it, I would explain why....I already nitpicked about a couple sections in songs, so you know I'm honest about it.
Nice guitar work on the record, does rock out with some nice anthems and like I said positive messages and the typical do it yourself and make yourself the best you can be stuff. Fills and solos on the guitar are featured throughout, and used effectively for the type of hard rock Tesla is known for as well as the mid tempo ballads of this nature also that is their calling card.
The booklet has a nice two page spread of each band member along with a page of notes to the fans about what they have been up to for the past year as well as the feelings going into the record, and of course touring which has been Tesla's strong point, if you haven't seen them Live, you are missing out on a major part of the experience.
1. All Of Me - Love this song, straight up rock. Alot of attitude, this is the "All Of Me" Buckcherry wishes they would have recorded IMO.
2. One Day At A Time - Classic Tesla hard rock. Nice GTR work, nice outro GTR work. Crank it.
3. I Wanna Live - First Single. Great rocker with positive message.
4. The First Time - Classic old school Tesla, great message. It is a slightly slower type ballad. Be everything you wanna be, take your chances while you can.
5. Just In Case - Memo to God. In case I don't make it (to heaven), thank you for giving me such a beautiful life anyway. Nice 20 second guitar solo in this one also get's this one in the top 5.
6. So What! - Everyone knows life isn't fair...so what, shut up already, enjoy your life the best you can, and still rock like nobody's business!
7. Forever More - See Above. Nice song, just could use a kicker in the middle parts.
8. Pvt. Ledbetter - Pride in serving your country. Nice song too.
9. The Game- I like this one that closes out the CD, nice feel.
10. Breakin' Free - See Above, close to being a classic...falls just short.
11. In A Hole Again - Rocker, kinda messy, gritty...honest rocker?
12. Fallin' Apart - Okay song for Tesla, but nothing special really.