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Vinyl, January 27, 2009
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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.Read more ›
The similarities in production to Bust a Nut was the first thing that grabbed me. About 1/2 way thru the first listen I thought FM had a similar sound and the same uneven song quality of BaN. However, the second half of the CD is awesome. To be fair, my opinion of the first half has improved significantly with additional listens.
Lyrically FM contains some of Tesla's best stuff (the start of Just in Case not withstanding). Tesla has always had a positive self-reliant outlook. FM is even more so. Songs like So What!, I Wanna Live, The First Time, and a couple others are a refreshing change from the narcissism of most modern rock.
Pvt. Ledbetter is another impressive song. It's not anti-war. Its not pro-war. The song does a remarkable job of just laying out the mixed feelings one has about war (probaby Iraq), and lets the listener draw their own conclusions. For me the song is sad, patriotic and uplifting all at the same time.
I need to mention that In a Hole Again has top notch lyrics.
Sonically FM is a heavier album that most of Tesla's offerings. This is not necessarily due to having more heavy songs (though there are several hard hitters), but due to absence of simple straight ahead acoustic numbers. There are slow songs, but nothing sparsely simple like In a Dream or Love Song.
The highlights for me are many. There are no weak tracks on the album though One Day at a Time and The Game are my least favorite. It's hard to pick only a few standout tracks, but I'll go with So What!, Breakn' Free, PVT Ledbetter, and All of Me as my favorites.
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This band still rocks after decades, and their message is primarily positive. I can relate to the songs that deal with life's challenges, heartaches and bullsh&*$, and yet they... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Showtime
I was expecting an experimental album that was mediocre, but I was pleasantly surprised with "Forevermore". Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rock10
If you're a fan of 80s metal/hard rock/glam metal, this album is a gem. Very well produced and written. Tesla fans will not be disappointed.Published 13 months ago by Yuriy