Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Water & Solutions
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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A Brutally Honest and Beautiful Album
Casey Moralis | Portland, OR United States | 02/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This band, and this album in particular, changed my life. Far showed me that artists could make something angry and intense and completely rocking, but ultimatley positive. This album tackles everything from absent fathers to organized religion and relationships gone awry. It does so with heart and honesty that no one else in the genre has since touched. Thier live shows were like church (without all that religion). They inspired a lot of kids my age (I was 17 when this album came out) to be a little more honest with ourselves and the people we love, to wear our hearts on our sleeves, and most of all to create. This album was their last, and it, like every great breakup album- has singer/guitarist Jonah Montranga and lead guitarist Shaun Lopez pulling in different directions. The result is a beautiful, brutally honest album. Of course honesty is always beautiful, and beauty is always true. Thanks for the music."
The Most Earnest Music You Will Ever Hear
Jack Moore | Charlottesville, Virginia | 09/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Far have been one of my favorite bands for a really long time, actually. I saw them on tour in their earlier states, before Immortal/Epic, before everything. They had such a force in their music, it was so amazing. Then I saw this release, Water And Solutions in a local record store, and I picked it up. This music is some of the best you will ever hear, and you will be easily be moved. The band are all great, especially Shaun, whose guitar work is chaotic, but always ends up being some of the most harmonic I have ever heard. And then, there's Jonah. He is a simple guy, and he is the best lyricist I have ever heard, period. He makes the whole album worth it. All of the lyrics I can relate to, and they are also optimistic and describe events that should be happening in life, but aren't. No one has inspired me more than Far, and I really suggest this if you are into any kind of non-MTV rock. Overall, Water and Solutions is a hard working, inspirational record. Every song is really exceptionally great, and I mean that honestly, serious. I have heard this called metal, rock, emo, and many more, but in truth, this is one of a kind. I love songs like "Water And Solutions," "Mother Mary," and "Another Way Out," and "Man Overboard." You can fall asleep to this, but this isn't sleepy at all. It is so great I can't explain it. I'm sorry.This could very well be the best record I have ever purchased, and I am once again totally serious. I listen to this at least every day, and I still love every riff, quote, beat, chorus, and bass lick I hear. Nothing will move you like Far, and that's my basic explaination on why you should buy this album sometime in your life before you die. You will be missing out on finding yourself if you don't. The first time I heard the title track was so moving, it is really hard to explain. I was just sitting on my couch, listening to this for the first time, and I had that song on. When it gets to the part where Jonah sings, "Soon...my doubles will pull all my stunts", I just broke into this euphoric laugh and mood. I was so happy, it was unexplainable. It felt so good, so right. It was like I found my soul. So amazing, true story. I hope they start playing together again."
Very good CD by a very good band
J. Harding | Houston, Texas United States | 09/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is considerably better than their first album. It has less of a live sound, and every song really does have its own feel. If you've never heard of Far before, I'd definitely recommend this album. They really don't sound that much like the Deftones, though at times singer Jonah Matranga's voice does sound dead-on like Deftones singer Chino Moreno's. Altogether, however, their overall musical bent leans more toward the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins than anybody else, and some of their songs ("Mother Mary" for one) sound a lot more like pop rock than hardcore. If the fact that seemingly everybody who rated this album gave it the highest score possible isn't enough to convince you to buy it, then just listen to the samples.Unfortunately, Far never did get too popular nationwide, and now that they've broken up, their albums are only going to get more difficult to track down. I'd recommend that you buy this, and buy it now, before it's gone and you miss out. This is one of the best albums I own, by far."