Further Seems Forever
Hide Nothing


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brokenjewel USER (11 Reviews)
March 29th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very respectable entry to the emoverse.

Florida’s Further Seems Forever had a rather short and tempestuous career, producing only three full length records, each with a different vocalist. Their first effort, The Moon is Down, is famous for being the original vehicle for Chris Carrabba, who left soon after to Confess. It managed to garner some affection from critics at the time, though, with its earnest and meandering brand of emo; and so expectations for the future were stirred. With the newly acquired Jason Gleason taking over vocal duties, the band created a respectable and focused sophomore record, How to Start a Fire, which built on their already solid template by adding a more immediate melodicism that seemed a natural, organic step towards maturation. When Gleason moved on just before recording could begin for the band’s third record, the event fortunately coincided with the dissolution of emo veterans, Sense Field, which led to Jon Bunch employing his pipes on Further Seems Forever’s final shot, Hide Nothing. The result is an interesting and subtle step toward a future that was not to be.

The transition from second to third album followed a similar trail of that between their debut and sophomore record: the music is still recognisably Further Seems Forever, but with a greater focus on hooks and melodies, albeit one infused with post-hardcore - even at times progressive - tendencies. The layered guitars shift and flow above the strong yet tastefully non-belligerent rhythm section, creating a deeply textured feel that was only hinted at on the band’s earlier releases. And Bunch’s voice sounds almost ethereal here compared to his efforts in Sense Field; at times driving, at others drifting, his high, clear tone is the perfect compliment to the music. The attitude and energy of the record shifts between songs - ranging from the energy and power of ‘Someone You Know’ to the more somber, almost dreamy moments like those in ‘For All We Know’ – but Hide Nothing remains a cohesive statement, with an uplifting, perhaps even celebratory quality resonating throughout the songs; a quality that never sees them veer towards the syrupy waters of pop.

A factor which may prove to be a sticking point for some is the band’s adherence to an overt, if non-gratuitous expression of their religious ethos. At points in the record the lyrical content seems rather obviously centred around a Christian outlook, perhaps most notably in the opening track, ‘Light Up Ahead’. These moments are handled rather deftly, though, and the result is a welcomed ambiguity that reduces even the most obviously religious lyrics to strong hints, leaving them open to interpretation. Further Seems Forever may capitalise the y in ‘you’, but they’re gracious enough to give the listener the choice. The lyrics do, however, occasionally display a genuine chink in the quality of the song writing found on Hide Nothing, with the use of trite, overly simplistic rhyme to pad out verses here and there. Overall, though, this does not detract from what is a solid and often ignored slice of emo - one that reaches significant heights of atmosphere and emotive power, all with a serious and mature sense of melody that everyone can enjoy.


Recommended tracks:

Someone You Know
For All We Know
Light Up Ahead



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Brokenjewel
March 29th 2010


1247 Comments


Wrote this while half-blind with tiredness. Bleh.

Willie
Moderator
March 29th 2010


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

Great review. I love this album. I never knew the vocalist was in a different band before. Reccomend an album, if you can.

Brokenjewel
March 29th 2010


1247 Comments


Sense Field, man. 'Building' is their best album by a mile.

xNintendoCorex
March 29th 2010


1269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice.

i was listening to their discography just last week! man i miss these guys.

Brokenjewel
March 29th 2010


1247 Comments


Thanks btw

americanmusicmachine
March 30th 2010


3953 Comments


I love 'the moon is down' never really listened to any of their other albums though. but 'light up ahead' is a great song, cute music video too.

Brokenjewel
March 30th 2010


1247 Comments


Yeah, their first album is an old favourite. Might do a review for that, too.

Willie
Moderator
March 30th 2010


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

I'm not a fan of the debut - I can't get past the vocals.

Brokenjewel
March 30th 2010


1247 Comments


Yeah Carrabba isn't that great at all. You can tell he's really sad about stuff, though - and that was a big hit when I was a nipper.

Willie
Moderator
March 30th 2010


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

Oh, I checked out the previous two albums after this one. I was ok with the second vocalist, but couldn't adjust to Carrabba (I'm also not a Dashboard fan, either).

Brokenjewel
March 30th 2010


1247 Comments


No, me neither on the Dashboard thing, although I don't mind a couple of songs. Gleason was a solid vocalist, not sure what he's doing now.

Foxhound
March 30th 2010


4571 Comments


You're too good! NEG!

americanmusicmachine
March 30th 2010


3953 Comments


"Gleason was a solid vocalist, not sure what he's doing now."

i think he was in that band with his wife called action reaction or was it action action anyway yeah


klap
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2010


11972 Comments


you're on an absolute tear reviewing albums, and i wouldn't care but their so good i'm getting jealous :0 keep it up man

Digging: Vansire - Angel Youth

Brokenjewel
March 30th 2010


1247 Comments


lol, cheers man. This hurt to write i'm so tired.





@amm - cool, man - i'll have a looksee

Willie
Moderator
March 30th 2010


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

Oh yeah, also, I'm glad you wrote this because I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to get Daveyboy to check out this album and he still hasn't. I linked his punk ass to this review ;)

Brokenjewel
March 30th 2010


1247 Comments


Sweet!

Oceanus
January 24th 2013


881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is better than I remember.

Willie
Moderator
January 24th 2013


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

It's awesome. Easily their best.

ConsiderPhlebas
February 12th 2013


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. One of my first reviews.



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