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Finger Eleven: Them Vs. You Vs. Me

Genre: Modern Rock
Label: Wind-Up Records

For Finger Eleven's fourth studio album Them Vs. You Vs. Me, the rock quintet from Canada revisited the solid rock structure they crafted on their self-titled third release from 2003 and made them the foundation for their new songs. Their third album had an invigorating mix of classic and modern rock and the band went with the belief that if something isn't broken why fix it, The band's current offering builds from the formations they crafted on their previous release and honing the dynamics of their chord progressions and time signatures and developing their textures. The songs have the nu-metal ferocity of Cold and the melodic rock esthetics of Evanescence. Finger Eleven have also found more directions to take their music this time around like acoustic rock and orchestral overtones. The album is not without filler material though, but they keep it to a minimum and really work at diversifying their melodies.

The first track "Paralyzer" takes off with pounding dance-rock beats and funky chord flusters. The vocals are tough and the transitions motivate the melody. It's a really cool song and if the album maintained this level of boldness, it would be a perfect 10, but the album dips into less vibrant numbers that play it safe like "Falling On." The vocal falsettos of lead singer Scott Anderson in the chorus seem odd along the rolling rock rhythms of drummer Rick Beddoe and bassist Sean Anderson. The guitar vibrations injected by James Black and Rick Jackett are versed with a common intonation that could be played by anyone from Faith No More to Staind. The track seems like a filler with little happening along the movements. Not all is lost. Finger Eleven rekindles the spark with tracks like "Lost My Way" and "So-So Suicide" that bucks punk rock grooves and puncturing riffs. The spiraling intervals are multi-textured and the buxom rhythms boost the melody's potency, especially the Jimi Hendrix-like high pitched chord squeezes sporadically jumping through the riffs on "So-So Suicide." The vibrant dynamic changes on "Sense Of A Spark" gives the song mobility and stimulation. The shimmying tambourines race through the hard rock motifs and repetitive staccato drumbeats. The added pop tones give the melody complementing touch ups.

Finger Eleven also delves into acoustic-rock numbers like "I'll Keep Your Memory Vague" and "Window Song." The soft acoustic rock waves are garbed in fluttering Celtic-folk percussions and gives the melodies an organic beat. "Talking To The Walls" has exciting melodic transitions and billowing textures that breathe heavy and create strong ascents in the movements. That strength and boldness is what fans have come to enjoy about Finger Eleven's music and this tracks does not disappoint. The glistening guitar tones on "Change The World" are the bedding for the misty vocals which shape the melody's progressions and inclines. The brisk rhythms and breezy string arrangement lace through the expansions in the transitional swells. The melody bends and contracts systematically and maintains a lively stride. The hand clapping beats and rhythmic vocals on "Gather & Give" hone stirring verses with folk-rock buffers. The final track "Easy Life" is the most power metal track on the album with heavy guitar tones and a Black Sabbath-type guitar riff inking the crux of the melody suffused with trembling rock vibrations and tapping beats. There are light shots of acoustic guitar strums and soft chimes streaking the multiple textures. Finger Eleven's songs have a lot of familiar set ups from their previous album as well as segments of new elements that stimulate the momentums.

Finger Eleven have put together another solid rock album where even the lyrics are emotionally stimulating like in the song "Change The World" when Anderson sings, "I just want the best for you, girl/ But I don't think I really know what that means/ I know you bring out the best of me." There is a sense that the lyrics are personalized just as the dynamics of the movements and chord progressions are individually designed. The songs schemes fall into the same mix of classic and modern rock proportions as their self-titled album does, and the band walks that line without making the same exact album. Using a small amount of filler material, Them Vs. You Vs. Me is an album that takes Finger Eleven to the next level.

Added: May 3rd 2007
Reviewer: Susan Frances
Related Link: Visit Finger Eleven Online
Hits: 2750
Language: english


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