To some music critics and fans FINGER ELEVEN has been that band that you either love or hate but you wont deny they jam out with hard edge, unique musicianship and a raw and rich live show.
I have been a fan of this band since early 1998 when they released a brilliant album in TIP. Through the years the band has created different, powerful and timeless music. Ballads that are heartful and true to dark and ambianic heavy tunes.
With the bands 7th studio album FIVE CROOKED LINES, the guys show a harder edge with melodic rock. We quickly forget how “heavy” these guys can be but you can hear elements throughout this record and proves to me that they are going to spew out the heaviness with some of the new songs on this album when they play a town near you.
vocally you know its FINGER ELEVEN by the obvious tone of vocalist Scott Anderson. The bands first single and video for WOLVES AND DOORS is the sound that we all grew up and loved by this Canadian band, a groove that just gets you moving and a melodic chorus that will get you singing. GODS OF SPEED is my all time favorite, this is one of the tracks that shows the harder edge of the band, the back groove is killer and slides into the chorus that is just rememberable after one listen. They better play this live cause I am ready to rock out hardcore to this one!! I also think it was a perfect track to open the disc with. 2nd track in is CRIMINAL, bringing it down a notch with a darker more melodic tone. It has a seemless chorus that is sexy and catchy and just a real darker track that is “moody sexy”! SAVE YOUR BREATH I like the tone but the breakdown into the chorus is what made me fall in love with this track, slow it down then punch you with a catchy chorus,exactly what a rock song should do. This band knows how to keep your attention. FIVE CROOKED LINES is fast paced and hook filled. NOT GOING TO BE AFRAID is also a good track that kept my interest.
Overall this new album unlike the early days didnt keep my attention track to track. I remember replaying albums like TIP, THE GREYEST OF BLUE SKIES over and over from start to finish and wearing out CDS endlessly. With this new album they definitely have grown as muscians and a band but have stayed with the roots of what made them them, but for me it wasnt a seemless record that made me not want to skip songs. But 80% of this record is a keeper and I am a fan and I cant wait to see them at a venue near me soon so I can watch the amazing James Black rock out on guitar.
check the bands website http://www.fingereleven.com for tourdates, music links
JUST A GIRL WHO LOVES MUSIC BEING CREATIVE AND WRITING, THAT IS HOW THE EAST COAST ROMPER BECAME WHAT IT IS FOR THE MODERN ROCK WORLD