Finger Eleven - Life Turns Electric

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Alternative Rock, Post-grunge
Wind-up Records
Finger Eleven
Life Turns Electric
Finger Eleven - Life Turns Electric Review rating:
1.5
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Finger Eleven is a band that has really only ever been known for two songs; “One Thing” and “Paralyzer.” Yes, their previous album, Them vs. You vs. Me, was promoted to death via the radio, the internet and Guitar Centers filled with unsold music tablature for the songs, but I don’t know anyone who actually bought it. They’ve always been that “hey, this is catchy” mainstream rock that pops up on the radio from time to time, only to escape your mind a day after, so it comes as no surprise that their latest album, Life Turns Electric, is more of the same.

Life Turns Electric is bland mainstream rock through and through. Sure, there are some catchy riffs, and the occasional guitar solo, but other than that there’s little to distinguish each song from the next. “Living in a Dream” is a cringe-worthy attempt at recapturing the radio success of “Paralyzer.” The obvious highlight is the acoustic “Love’s What You Left Me With,” as it stands out from the rest of the tracks, but even as an attempt at branching out it’s terribly generic. The album is stuffed full of hooks, but they don’t amount to anything memorable or even remotely original. Leave it to Canada to churn out a band as thoroughly mediocre as Finger Eleven.

Though you could do a lot worse than listen to Life Turns Electric, it offers absolutely nothing new or even worthy of repeated listens. It’s tailor-made for the radio and the youth of today, where someone’s attention span won’t last past one song anyway, and thus it comes across as though very little effort was put into it at all. Pedestrian song-writing and the absence of creativity permeate Life Turns Electric; it’s a sub-par album by a sub-par band. But who seriously expected anything more?

1. Any Moment Now
2. Pieces Fit
3. Whatever Doesn't Kill Me
4. Living in a Dream
5. Good Intentions
6. Stone Soul
7. Ordinary Life
8. Don't Look Down
9. Famous Last Words
10. Love's What You Left Me With

Best known for their songs One Thing and Paralyzer, Finger Eleven is an alternative rock band that has earned a devoted following. Their first album, Letters From Chutney, was recorded under the name Rainbow Butt Monkeys, with money won from a rock band search contest on local radio.

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