Finger Eleven
Life Turns Electric


1.5
very poor

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
October 5th, 2010 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In one swift movement, Finger Eleven ditches everything that once made them (sort of) unique.

There was a time when Finger Eleven stood out amongst the other mainstream dribble that plagued the rock scene. Their debut was anything but groundbreaking, but, hell, it at least knew how to shake things up. From their self-titled LP, songs like “One Thing” and “Therapy” were just unique and personal enough to place the band above your Nickelbacks and Hinders. One could certainly argue that the band’s last effort, Them vs. You vs. Me ditched any remaining vital signs of life within Finger Eleven, but if that wasn’t the case, Life Turns Electric is the final nail in the coffin.

The main issue with Life Turns Electric is that it is anything but lively or electric. No matter how you twist and contort your hearing, this is just Finger Eleven doing the same thing they always do with the same tepid results. It is overproduced and as poorly written as ever, trading in substance for studio gimmicks and a darker edge for a happy-go-lucky feel that suits the band like Jesse Lacey covering the Barney & Friends theme song. Songs like “Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me” and “Living in a Dream” make Finger Eleven come across as a band forcing the issue, with supposedly uplifting lines like “Whatever doesn’t kill me doesn’t make me stronger / but I’m not gonna give up yet.” A nice sentiment, sure. A huge cliché? Well, yeah, it is that too…but then again if clichéd ideas are a pet peeve, you have another thing coming.

Life Turns Electric, to be blunt, is a collection of safe, grab-the-money-and-run chart hit hopefuls. It is clear by their watered down sound and recycled creativity that the band has thrown in the towel. The album’s opener “Any Moment Now” follows a very basic chord progression, reaching a predictable chorus that is not very memorable. The album’s big single, “Living in a Dream”, sounds eerily similar to “Paralyzer”, and it comes as no surprise that the band would try to recapture the success of that song with their first single. I only wish that they would have tried to stray from the same formulaic approach, because “Living in a Dream” is not catchy enough to stand on its own. Obviously, clichés are clichés for a reason…they worked well enough for other bands to emulate. In that sense, there is some worthwhile material here if you are truly willing to suppress your inner critic. It’s just that by the nth time hearing it, it has lost whatever appeal it had to begin with...and that is the fate that the lead single, along with the rest of the record, suffers from. Finger Eleven attempts to slow things down with two soul searching ballads, “Ordinary Life” and “Love’s What You Left Me With.” Unsurprisingly positioned towards the end of the album, they are not heart-warming, they are not tragic, and they certainly are no different from your run of the mill mainstream rock power ballads. In essence, all these songs manage to do is provide a resounding thud that echoes the uninspired personality of the album as a whole. Life Turns Electric suffers from a lack of originality and a lack of catchiness, two flaws that no mainstream rock album can survive when mixed together.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Life Turns Electric has its place. Like some of the terrible albums of my own past listening history, it could perhaps wean some poor soul off of Ke$ha or Radio Disney. Maybe it will show the light to someone who is just getting into music, or someone who hasn’t heard enough mainstream rock to be put off by the album’s mind boggling unoriginality. It might also pass the time as background music while grocery shopping or getting your teeth pulled at the dentist. But for anyone who has had the pleasure of listening to…oh, how to put this delicately…real music, Life Turns Electric is another shameless money grabber that would be best to just ignore.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2010


31629 Comments


Liked it better before

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2010


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Ok a couple of things here:

1.) this is what i meant to post before
2.) this is NOT my 50th review, the aforementioned 'mistake review' will be deleted eventually

Album is pretty awful, obviously...so I don't recommend anyone checking this out unless you like crap.

Digging: Low Roar - 0

SeaAnemone
October 5th 2010


20970 Comments


wait, what made them unique or original before?

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2010


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

@seaanemone: they really never were, but they had a few distinguishing features that set them apart from the rest of the mainstream radio scene. now, they have conformed in just about every way...even more than originally.

tiesthatbind
October 5th 2010


7380 Comments


Paralyzer was fun but I've never been interested in this band ever. Pos'd again.

Gyromania
October 5th 2010


16089 Comments


Yeah, I think your rating is pretty much right on, and this was another great read, SS. Excellent 50th!!! lol, jk ;) Pos'



Apollo
October 5th 2010


10373 Comments


Tip and Grayest Of Blue Skies were superb records from these guys. Everything after was pretty bad though. Great review dude!

iamnotchan
October 5th 2010


669 Comments


1 review per day!
wait until your last review is off the front page!!!

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2010


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

thanks everyone!

iamnotchan: i hate you.



pizzamachine
October 6th 2010


12572 Comments


The album is incredibly meh. I knew this would happen.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2010


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

oh dont worry i know - i never thought they were good, but IMO they used to be tolerable/moderately enjoyable

pizzamachine
October 6th 2010


12572 Comments


They had some good tunes before Them vs. You vs. Me.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2010


16922 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

not paralyzer, but a few select songs from their first 2 or 3 albums

BrahTheSunGod
October 6th 2010


1279 Comments


"...a happy-go-lucky feel that suits the band like Jesse Lacey covering the Barney & Friends theme song."
lol'd. pos just for that line, but good review as well. Band used to be good when i was in 8th grade haha

couldwinarabbit
October 6th 2010


6996 Comments


wtf you talkin bout paralazyer is ma jam


it actually sucks so does this band.

STOP SHOUTING!
October 6th 2010


639 Comments


2 reviews on the front page gtfo neg. oh congrats on your 50th.

Captain North
October 6th 2010


6792 Comments


Disappointing to read. Some of their earlier stuff (not the debut though) was pretty cool. And while it may have its place as a bridging band, they were that before and were actually half-way somewhere.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2010


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I for one think their self-titled was one of the best mainstream rock of the last decade. Will check this one out for sure.

Romulus
October 6th 2010


8447 Comments


very very nice review. it seems like this story happens all the time nowadays, which is sad.

Asiatic667
October 6th 2010


4648 Comments


IM NOT PARALYZED BUT I SEEM TO BE STRUCK BY YOU




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