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Vinyl, January 27, 2009
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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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Looking at the album cover, you are given an initial feeling that this could be a very dark album. This album is, for the most part, the polar opposite of that. As with 2004: Into the Now, this is a very up-beat album. For long-time Tesla fans, that is no real surprise as the band has always had a very no non-sense, "get down to work and find a way to enjoy it", attitude in their music. This, combined with their late '70s/early '80s style of blues-based hard rock has always drawn me to them.
This is another very good album from the band. As is usually the case with Tesla, there are a couple of songs that seem to sit outside the rest of the album and distract from it. However, on the whole, the quality of the musicianship has never been better, singing is surprising good considering the effects time normally has on someone who sings the way they do, and the song writing is in line with some of their best.
The album opens with the title track which is vintage Tesla, in-your-face rock and roll. It is how I would image opening any Tesla album.
The next two songs, I Wanna Live and One Day at a Time, are average rockers. Not bad, but not really ones that stand out.
The next two songs are a summary of what is best and unique about Tesla. So What! is a great song musically and I just love the "get over yourself and get busy" lyrics! It is exactly what I have wanted to say to so many baby-boomers over the years after listening to them complain about all that is wrong with our world!
Just in Case is a classic Tesla, no non-sense, "I know I am flawed but I keep trying" song. Again, a very positive sentiment with some very good music built around the lyrics. They have always danced lightly around spiritual topics and, again, do a nice job with that here.
Of the remaining songs on the album, a couple more deserve a couple of quick comments. Breakin' Free is a very good song. It is very powerful with alot of interesting textures playing in the background. It is alittle outside what I would consider "normal" Tesla, but is a welcome change.
Pvt. Ledbetter is a song which depicts and honors the sacrifice soldiers make when they go off to war. It does a nice job, but not stellar in that respect. The sentiment here is appreciated, but I have heard a couple of groups do this type of thing alittle bit better. However, still a good song overall.
Overall, this album is quite enjoyable. I consider it better than 2004 (which I also enjoy quite a bit) and (dare I say it?) on-par with The Great Radio Controversy as far as the overall album is concerned. This album is at least as consistent as TGRC, even if it does lack the one or two stand-out songs that album had. I would suggest that So What!, Breakin' Free, and Just in Case are as good as any other Tesla song and would be considered stand-out had this been 1990 and radio could be persuaded to play them. Of course, radio is not what it was even back then...
One final point: I find it very cool that Tesla has continued to remain true to themselves through all these years and changes in the industry. In fact, if anything, it would seem that the wisdom of age has snuck into their writing, which is always a good thing. I have always marvelled about how much of a mid-western attitude their music has always had, considering they hail from Washington state. There it is again in these last two albums. All this without loosing their emotional edge. Perhaps it really is Forever More for Tesla?