The Psychedelic Furs
Forever Now


4.5
superb

Review

by schreibstang USER (1 Reviews)
August 10th, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forever Now, an oft-overlooked piece of new wave perfection, is one of the greatest albums of the early 80s.

'President Gas' is the song that is probably the most famous from this album, being track 1 on the compilation All of This and Nothing, for starters. It's a very good song, too. But usually one can't expect for an entire album to be composed of one stellar track after the other. 'Forever Now' is one of the (relatively) few albums where that is true.

Importantly, it is a pop new wave album. It is full of wonderful sing-along pop hooks; every song is like a single and I find it consistently engaging. The songs are not experimental in structure, but neither are they always predictable. Another reason this is such a solid album is because it is very satisfying to listen to. Each song seems to work well, very nearly expertly designed. It is definitely an upbeat, danceable album as well. In fact, too upbeat it might seem until the second to last track, 'Only You and I', adds that necessary slightly 'on-edge' feeling, and the closing track is a little more downbeat in parts. On further thought 'No Easy Street' is also more downbeat.

This album is very cohesive, yet has a diverse sound, incorporating saxophone and strings among other things. 'Danger' in particular is a quirky track. This album was produced well in my opinion, though I am sure many would beg to differ just on the grounds that it was released in the 80s! I'm a fan of the gated drum sound, but it may not appeal to everyone.

The lyrical content is not among the classics, though nearly every song has a clever line or stanza. There is definitely a political theme throughout the album, particularly on 'President Gas' and 'Forever Now'. That dates the album somewhat, along with most of the Thatcher-era British albums.

When it comes to picking standout tracks...I really can't pick any. This album is incredibly solid, I have to restate. Even trying to pick personal favourites is difficult. Both sides A and B get a little better as they go along, regarding sonic diversity. The album was laid out well and no tracks seem out of place.

I give this album a 4.5 because in order to receive a rating of 5 in my view, the lyrics would have to be more profound and I think it is a little too polished, too cohesive; not enough rough edges to balance the pop perfection of sorts. The tracks are very good but nothing takes your breath away. Though Forever Now is not at all obscure, it seems to be under-appreciated, seeing as at the time of writing this review there are only 8 ratings!


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macadoolahicky
August 10th 2012


1835 Comments


The first paragraph really shouldn't be the first paragraph. That's just the start of it, though; it's mostly all structure stuff and the way you include your opinion, which isn't the best (that could be misunderstood. I'm not saying your opinion isn't good, I am saying that you could have included your opinion in a better way). Read some other reviews and keep writing! Have a first review pos =P

Graveyard
August 10th 2012


5733 Comments


LOVVVVVVE MYYYYYY WAYYYYYYY

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Controlled Breathing

ZedO
August 10th 2012


1096 Comments


great review pos

Jethro42
August 10th 2012


12440 Comments


The band knew how to new-wave. Love my Way is a great song, among others.

ZedO
August 10th 2012


1096 Comments


Is it worth listening, Jethro?

Jethro42
August 10th 2012


12440 Comments


I am not too much familiar with their material, my friend. Try ''Love my Way''. I think the song represents them well.

Jethro42
August 10th 2012


12440 Comments


Also try ''President Gas'' and ''No Easy Street'' (the only two other ones that I know from this album)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5QLQb2324c

schreibstang
August 10th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

macadoolahicky:

I really, really should have thought of that.
Though I'm having a bit of trouble thinking of how exactly to write a review without using my opinion. Even after reading other reviews...

I had just finished listening to the album and I was all passionate about it haha. Maybe I should wait a week!

ZedO
August 11th 2012


1096 Comments


Thanks Jeth :D



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