"This album was a high school graduation gift from a good friend and fellow music nut when it was new. I'll never forget the mood of exhileration this lent to my new 'life' outside the confines of school, and looking back, it seems as if the new producer (Todd Rundgren) gave them new breath as well. "Forever Now" just beams with mirth and shimmering joy in places, transposing a lot of the personal angst of former albums to political targets("President Gas") and blossoming into melancholic or ecstatic love songs. "Love my Way" was the hit-that-should-have-been in the U.S. and I don't think they ever topped the soaring guitar-fueled you-and-me-against-the-world feeling of "Run and Run." Although softer around the edges, this album explores new spaces and the instruments (horn sections AND cello) never smother one another in this rich masterpiece that takes on new textures and themes with each listening. If you ask them, I'm sure this is the work they want to be remembered for."
The pinnacle of the furs musical masterpieces
Michael Heminger | 08/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Forever Now reflects the bands formative years on the punk rock circuit while finding a new sound in an environment dominated by new wave. The result is an album which delivers surperb lyrics, catchy melodies and a hard rock beat. Before sliding into a more commercial sound this album delivers everything that was good about the eighties."
Great album, terrible remaster
Dana Hood | 02/03/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I still own the vinyl import version of this record, but no working turntable. So I was thrilled to see this remastered on CD, until I got it and listened to it. The mastering engineer had to have been nearly deaf or amateur - compared to any other CD I own, recent or older, the sound of this CD is unbearably harsh, peaky in the upper midrange, and completely lacking any bass. Not only that, but it isn't even consistent from song to song. The bonus live tracks in particular are unlistenable without breaking out a graphic EQ.
Now, perhaps the original master shared some of these characteristics, but here was the label's chance to fix everything and bring this classic recording up to modern standards, and they failed. I absolutely recommend the music on this CD, but not this pressing. I just wish I could compare it to the vinyl, and to other CD pressings."
Almost a 5 star cd
Tom Dixon | St. Louis, MO United States | 04/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The only negative thing I can say about this Remastered version is that it does not contain the "Yes I Do" from the original US release. Other than that, it is stacked. Ever since the E.P. came out on vinyl that had "Aeroplane", I wanted it on cd. Now I have it, and it's remastered to boot. This is an awesome cd. You will not be disappointed."
FOUR AND A HALF STARS
Ian Johnston | Independence, MO USA | 04/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Just about a perfect record from Richard Butler and company. The chaotic sound of the early Psychedelic Furs records is finally distilled into a punk/pop fusion that really works well for mass listening enjoyment. This was the first Furs record I owned (actually, I had the cassette version first), and I was thrilled to see a remastered CD with so many prime bonus tracks from the era added. There are many great tunes here, but the whole thing needs to be listened to as a whole to truly appreciate the genius of this album. Standout tracks include: "Run and Run", "Forever Now", "Goodbye", and the ubiquitous "Love My Way". Classic!"