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Never, Neverland


5.0
classic

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
May 14th, 2012 | 31 replies | 1,833 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Never, Neverland expands on the success of Alice In Hell, and delivers the bands most cohesive work to date.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The 1990 follow-up to the bands debut "Alice In Hell" was highly anticipated by fans and critics alike. The album sees a small line-up change. Vocalist Coburn Pharr takes on vocal duties following Randy Rampage's departure. David Scott Davis also takes up guitar duties alongside Jeff Waters following the departure of Anthony Brian Greenham's departure. The album manages to be a much more progressive affair than the bands debut, and is a fan favorite to this day.

The album kicks off with the "The Fun Palace" and it indeed is a fun song to listen to. Skillful guitar work and drums sound pretty familiar as with the last effort, but one thing that jumps out is the much more audible bass from Wayne Darley. It's not overbearing in anyway, but actually compliments the other instruments and manages to sound very nice. Then we have the new vocalist, Coburn Pharr, who's style is rather different than Randy Rampage. Pharr has a good singing voice that goes perfectly with the music, and he still manages to sound menacing on some tracks. The album also boasts slightly better production than the last, and that's what makes the bass and guitars sound a bit more balanced. The tracks range from very fast and thrashing, to more slower and melodic. The guitar solos have also improved quite a bit, with waters utilizing more melodic styles.

Now that i have highlighted most of the improvements and positive things about this album, lets delve into a couple of the negative aspects, shall we? There aren't many of them, but one thing that i DID notice, were the increasingly mediocre lyrics from Waters. Waters may be a music genius in his own right, but in the lyrical department he is a bit lacking. The subject matter is nice, dealing with the human mind, a very interesting topic, but the lyrics take way from the stories being portrayed. On tracks like Never, Neverland, one can hear quite clearly what i am talking about with lines such as: "Get back, back! Just leave us all alone, take that and that! I'll break your every bone!". Clearly Waters could have done a better job. But nevertheless, the music is so strong that these issues seem insignificant. There is also a track called "Kraf Dinner" in which Water's fondness of Macaroni is told at length, but this is more of a joke track than anything serious.

In the broad spectrum of things, this album is almost perfect, excluding the mediocre lyrics of course. Sadly, the success and creativity found on this album would not be seen again for years due to various line-up and label changes the band would have to endure throughout the 90's. But with that said, this album still holds up to this day, and can be enjoyed by those who appreciate good thrash, and melodic guitar work.

PROS
- Superb Guitars
- Excellent Vocals
- Good Production
- More melodic and progressive

CONS
- Cheesy lyrics

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
- The Fun Palace
- Stonewall
- Never, Neverland
- Phantasmagoria


Jeff Waters - Guitars
Coburn Pharr - Vocals
David Scott Davis - Guitars
Wayne Darley - Bass
Ray Hartmann - Drums

Producers - Glen Robinson, Monte Conner, Jeff Waters

Recorded: February-April 1990
Released: September 12, 1990
Roadrunner Records



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThrashTillDeath94
May 14th 2012



591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"David Scott Davis also takes up guitar duties alongside Jeff Waters following the departure of Anthony Brian Greenham's departure."

FUCK i wish we could edit our reviews. I always have at least one typo somewhere in their that i miss. lol

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

ThrashTillDeath94
May 14th 2012



591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Riff, if your so unhappy about my review, then wright your own. This is about me expressing my opinion on an album I bought and listened to. Don't be so judgmental, its very discourteous.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2012



18291 Comments


yeah riff wright your own faggot dont criticize

Digging: Octex - Idei Lahesna

KjSwantko
May 14th 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh come on fade, album kicks ass

CaptainDooRight
May 14th 2012



28809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

first time I heard this I was greatly enthralled by the compositions

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

KjSwantko
May 14th 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

enthralled eh? Sounds intense

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2012



20363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rules hard.

CaptainDooRight
May 14th 2012



28809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

these guys are pretty solid live but there recent shows have this new guy on the vox is really talented but from what I remember a bit different

KjSwantko
May 14th 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MACARONI MANIAC.......

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2012



20363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A CHEDDAR CHEESE HEART ATTACK

ThrashTillDeath94
May 14th 2012



591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The whole review is my opinion. You may disagree with what was said, and that's just fine. I like to see everyone's take on the subject.

"so, have they progressed? because you havent given me any such indication in the article"

I actually did... i commented on how Waters has incorporated more slower and melodic styles into his music...

But in any case, it is your right to criticize me. This is of course a public forum. Its just the lack of tact that i find discourteous.



Cells
May 14th 2012



1875 Comments


riff i like it when ur sarcastic

ThrashTillDeath94
May 14th 2012



591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HAHA wow... i'm not gonna report you. I'm just gonna remember to dis-regard anything you say from now on because you obviously show a lack of respect towards others, and ignorant things seem to spew from your mouth. Good job buddy...

These kind of arguments never go anywhere, and so i will drop the matter. I would much rather hear what everyone has to say about the album.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 14th 2012



591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"these guys are pretty solid live but there recent shows have this new guy on the vox is really talented but from what I remember a bit different"

Yeah that would be Dave Padden. Hes been with the band since 2003 I believe. His vocals are pretty different. He reminds me a little of Coburn Pharr though.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2012



18291 Comments


no you ruined it with your lack of respect

ThrashTillDeath94
May 14th 2012



591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol, there could be. Perhaps we got off to a bad start. I HAVE seen you around here. I'm fairly new to
the site...

MO
May 14th 2012



18496 Comments


lol riff

KjSwantko
May 14th 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"is there any chance of reconciliation"

lol

MO
May 14th 2012



18496 Comments


"no you ruined it with your lack of respect"

and his discourteousness

ThroneOfAgony
May 14th 2012



3485 Comments


riff seriously, stop being an asshole and wright your own review


















okay



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