Far - At Night We Live

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Rock
Vagrant Records
Far
At Night We Live
Far - At Night We Live Review rating:
2.5
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Average: 4 (2 votes)

Looking into Far’s past, At Night We Live stands on a shelf looking like just another ‘90s alternative rock band getting back together for a few bucks, some good laughs, and some shows. But then the album actually starts playing and the feeling that it was contrived dissipates. While perhaps nothing spectacular, Far’s comeback album is fun and authentic in its execution with some really high soaring choruses that fit well into the modern alternative rock scene.

Name-dropping of influential rock bands that obviously influenced this record aside, opener “Deafening” drops a 10-year hiatus in a bang of hard-hitting rock. It ticks, it tocks, and then it explodes - period. The album follows a pretty simple formula from there on out, with some softer songs following, then one with a soaring chorus, then the title-track single, etc, etc. It’s not too hard to keep up with. Each song may burrow well into known territory, but it also carves its nest into its tree with finesse and poise.

The production is glossy, but not compressed and annoying. The guitars have solid deep tones, but also keep the highs on where needed. “Give Me A Reason” perfectly applies this concept with the lighter verse guitars which get mowed over by the deep, scooped out, chunky guitar riffs and a nice melody and perfectly cheesy lyrics: “Give me a reason to believe you.” The vibe blends nicely throughout each song giving a well-rounded aural experience.

The problem that lies in the album is simply its predictability. The songs are well constructed and executed with memorable melodies, but it’s been done before. Growing up surrounded by ‘90s alternative bands like Creed and Nickelback all the way up to the nu-metal beginnings of Deftones, each concept presented on At Night We Live has been executed before, and better.
Far’s return is fun for what it’s worth, but not without its downfall into oversaturated oblivion. Their music just doesn’t stick out even in all its radio accessibility. At this point, 1998 just wants alternative rock to die with it, peacefully.

1. Deafening
2. If You Cared Enough
3. When I Could See
4. Give Me a Reason
5. Dear Enemy
6. Fight Song #16,233,241
7. At Night We Live
8. Burns
9. Better Surrender
10. Are You Sure?
11. The Ghost That Kept on Haunting
12. Pony

Far are a band from Sacramento, USA, spawned from the same local scene as the Deftones, their former touring partners.

After a number of local releases including their first demo tape Sweat A River , Live No Lies (1991) and an album Listening Game (1992) they signed to Epic/Immortal Records and released their first major record, Tin Cans With Strings To You.

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