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Finger Eleven
Them Vs. You Vs. Me
Wind-Up Records
www.fingereleven.com


For four years, the only thing that Finger Eleven fans have had is the constant repetition of "One Thing" on the radio, on TV, and in their heads. There was good reason, it was the biggest hit off their last album Finger Eleven and had made it all the way to #16. But nonetheless, after about a year, fans are hungry for something new. Well they had to wait an additional three years, but finally Finger Eleven has given us something new to listen to.

Them Vs. You Vs. Me was just released this spring and already has a hit on the radio. "Paralyzer" is a perfect radio song, with catchy lyrics, a beat you can dance to, and nothing really instrumentally complex. However, like any radio song, after too many listens it can start to get to you. As for the rest of the album? Well, it was different. About the only song that really compares to "One Thing" is "Talking To The Walls"... that same mix of emo and rock, with the emphasis being on emo. Long chords, slow progressions, barely-there drums and tear-jerking lyrics speak exactly of the sound heard on their previous album. It seems as though the band has transformed from alternative, with harsh lyrics, faster bass and loud drums on the album The Greyest Of Blue Skies, to that emo in Tip and Finger Eleven, and now rock, with plain, generic lyrics, a similar beat throughout all the songs and guitars that are powerful, but pretty much just that. There really is no other song that really impresses me enough to stick out. Maybe this is a concept album for the band and they're attempting something new. Maybe they need to go back to the original Finger Eleven sound.

The music is good, has nice melodies and some catchy lyrics... it's just nothing that the audience hasn't heard before. I wish everything on the album had sounded like "Paralyzer", then I would've loved it.

-Rachel Fredrickson


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