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Far At Night We Live CD Album Review

31 May 2010 6 Comments

By: A. Estes

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It’s been 12 years. 12 long years since Far dropped the influential Water & Solutions and then proceeded to drop off the face of the Earth. In that time, certain band members splintered off into various projects (the most noteworthy of which included Onelinedrawing, Revolution Smile and Gratitude) while they could only sit back and watch as the emo/post-hardcore/whatever genre they helped to pioneer became the next big thing. Well, it is my pleasure to report that the band are finally back together and ready to reclaim their throne.

Far At Night We Live CD Album Cover

Produced by guitarist Shaun Lopez, At Night We Live is most certainly an energetic and refreshing return to the fold from Far, even if it gets off to sort of a rocky start. The opening track, “Deafening,” certainly makes a bold first impression, but songs like “If You Cared Enough” and “Give Me a Reason” plod along somewhat generically, sounding more like the bands Far inspired rather than the original sound they created oh so many years ago. Things pick up later on, though, with heavier fare such as “Fight Song 16,233,241” and “Dear Enemy” adding a new dimension to the band’s sound while taking on a somewhat pessimistic tone that could have only been honed by the years of failed projects endured by singer Jonah Matranga.

Thankfully, though, most of the rest of the album sounds like classic Far, picking up where Water & Solutions left off. “Are You Sure?” and the title track will certainly transport you back in time, reminding you of just why Far were so pivotal while leaving you wondering why they have remained mostly over-looked throughout the years. Then there are songs like “The Ghost That Kept Haunting” and “When I Could See” that bare shades of Radiohead. The closing number, “Pony,” conversely sounds like an amped-up Weezer, finishing things on a high note and inspiring an instant repeat listening. In spite of some awkward moments that could be chalked up to the band getting their sea-legs back (it has been a long, long time, afterall) At Night We Live is about as good a comeback as can be expected. The band is in top form and appear to be having a blast playing together, while Jonah sounds just as good as ever. Hopefully the wait for another album won’t be as long and as painful as this one has been.

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  • Carla said:

    The collective body of material that encompasses this album is a masterpiece. I’m liking the wider range of coverage. Far is a band all you kiddies need to check out.

    Happy Memorial Day to you all!

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  • Cupid said:

    Wider range of coverage? This isn’t such a far cry from what’s usually covered on the site. I’ve yet to buy this album but all the positive reviews are leading to me going to get it now.

    Pony is a Ginuwine song, or however you spell his name. I think it was recorded as a goof.

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  • darius said:

    i saw these guys a couple of weeks ago at the Troubadour. the show started off a little rough; i don’t think Jonah had warmed up his voice enough beforehand. however, by song 4, everything clicked and it went off. the place was probably 65/70% full but there were some die-hards.

    also, this review should have mentioned that the closing number “pony”, is actually a ginuwine cover. it’s a guilty pleasure cover song, akin to local h covering britney spear’s “toxic”.

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  • 1942 said:

    You guys don’t go a day without a Sevendust or Local H reference.

    It’s Britney bitch!

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  • Andrew said:

    This is an excellent record, and in my opinion, their best to date.

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  • 007 said:

    Andrew – PLEASE! This is not an excellent record. Get off the bandwagon. Someone explain how Far has walked right into the category of WE CAN’T SAY THE SUCK BANDS. When did it become a sin to say Far sucks? They always did. All their records are shit. Sorry , it’s true.

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