Review Summary: A solid album, but nothing oustanding
Fingertight’s first and only major-label release “In The Name of Progress” both has it’s high and low points like any alternative metal album in the 2000’s, but the nothing really sets it apart from all the others.
From when the CD hops in with the instantly catchy fast verses of “Fear In Me” to the piano-driven slow “Magical,” the album shows it’s progress, sometimes for the worse, but it is there nonetheless. Sadly, it was not enough because Columbia Records cut the band, which later broke up in 2005 after releasing a few more songs online. Songs like “Bellevue” and the lead single “Guilt (Hold Down)” are catchy enough to have bobbing your head up and down though after a few listens can get repetitive and dull. Others such as “At War”, “Speak In Tongues” and “Emo This” come over edgier with crunchy guitars, and harsher vocals. “Nathaniel” and “Things Have Changed” in the midst of the CD bring you a break from all the harder rock, and in the case it’s okay, with some more good vocals from Scott. “Things Have Changed” is also lyrically very repetitive, and by the end of “Emo This” most would get sick of the nasal-y singing with a dry atmosphere, not making the CD any more enjoyable. “Shut Up” starts up with a melodic little “do, do, do, do, doo” and that’s when I realized there really there isn’t much present with band even with their best material. I pretty much always skip “Surface” and though softer “Resurface” is much better, it’s still not really there, “Bla Bla Radio is just plain boring and redundant, and when “Magical” starts you finally, with last track FINALLY get a near perfect song from these guys. It brings an eerie but still somehow happy feeling, not something easy to do, and I’m glad they at least end a CD with their best material. Although the CD has fifteen tracks, two interludes “515 Mellus” and “The Orient” are really transition tracks from the edgier beginning of the album to Nathaniel, and from “Resurface” to “Bla Bla Radio” respectively. All in all, the album isn’t bad, but nothing is outstanding aside from “Magical”
If the band wasn’t cut, I’m sure that their next album would’ve been much better than this, so ironically, there wasn’t anything done in the name of their progress. I give this CD a 3.5 out of 5 and a B+
Fear In Me
Speak In Tongues