Fiction 8 "Forever Neverafter"
By May Wiseman
This is Fiction 8's fourth
album released and the first to be this shiny or smooth in quality. Their sound
isn't Goth rock, or synthy; rather they've got this extreme pop beat to all
their albums. It's somewhat dark with the baritone vocal of Michael Smith and
the hollow back up vocal of Paisli. There's no way of really classifying this
band in sounding like any other since the sound is too eclectic and there are
so many Gothic industrial bands out there that have their own sound. Though not
a personal favorite, it's an album that certainly has claimed its own sound and
if you dig a rave you might like to dance along.
Most lyrics are pertaining to hurt of any nature. Mostly
love or loss. And are always without hope. The intros on track one, Too
Late, is pretty cool with its revved up engines and classic sound blurbs
that pave the way for a seemingly smooth Crash. Both songs are the hook
to this Fiction 8 album and will pretty much give you an idea of what the rest
of the tunes sound like.
Around and Around is the favorite here. The song
sounds like a flashback eighties teen movie soundtrack special. This is the
tune you can play over and over everyday and just not tire of. It's dreamy and
takes you back to Jon Cusak holding that big boom box over his head. I would
have went down jumped the window in fact, if he were to come to my
house. It's right on cool, this song.
Stranger In my Skin has one of the smoothest beats
for the album and is easily played or heard. The sound could be played in any
company and just not noticed until the person started tapping/dancing along.
The sound is not heavy and just enough pop to make you not want to puke. The
bass is quiet, however known, and the drums are suspect to machine. That's the
downside, but the live synths make up for any quality lost during the mix.
There isn't much to the album, but Fiction 8 is always fun.
You will play this often on weekend nights, alone at home wishing you were
anywhere else but there, or even while your gearing up for the night out. This
album is certainly better than the previous Chaotica(1).
(1) Chaotica was
reviewed in Legends
Post: PO Box 82614, Columbus, OH, 43202-0614, USA
Phone: (614) 297-7009
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