Item description for The Need to Feel Alive by Forever Changed...
The Florida-based Forever Changed may be young, but their talent and artistry goes far beyond their years.
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Studio: Floodgate Records
Record Label Floodgate Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.72" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Mar 8, 2005
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
ISBN 001233118X ISBN13 0080688639525 UPC 080688639525
Reviews - What do customers think about The Need to Feel Alive?
Amazing! Aug 1, 2006
After listening to about three seconds of this cd online, I ran out to the store to buy it. This cd is so good, I still can't believe it. It's almost too good to be true. But anyway, this is a pure, flat out rock cd. And a great one at that. Fans of Switchfoot, The Classic Crime and Jimmy Eat World will definately like this cd.
1.The Last Time (10/10) Probably my favorite song on the cd. A great faded beginning and also great lyrics. Cool backup guitar during the verses. Also, the bridge has an amazing solo that soon joins in with another one, making two completely awesome solos going at the same time. Every part of this song is fantastic.
2.Encounter (10/10) Another one of the best songs on the cd. Cool riff that appears throughout the song. The verses are very cool with one guitar playing the two power chords and the other palm muting. Very catchy. Again, great lyrics and another great solo (only one guitar this time). Great song.
3.The Need To Feel Alive (8/10) The only thing "eh" about this song is that I think that the lyrics can get a bit corny. Other than that, there's an aweseome guitar intro. Another good rock song.
4.Something More (8/10) Another good rock song with great guitar. Good lyrics.
5.Great Divide (8.5/10) Good theme to the song, that go with good lyrics. Cool palm muting during various parts of the song. Cool guitar riff during bridgeish part of song.
6.Romance In Denial (10/10) Probably my second favorite song on the cd, although it's really hard to decide because they're all so good. The lyrics in this song seem a bit mysterious, making them cool. The bass and drums in verses are awesome, and all the buildups in this song are really cool. The different riffs throughout the song are awesome. Also, VERY cool bass solo, although not as good as the one on their newer cd. The singer hits some pretty high notes in this song. Very cool. An awesome 5+ minute rock song.
7.The Vanity Letter (9/10) More "in your face" lyrics...kinda...sorta. Anyway, good song. Great guitars.
8.Opportunity (We Could Be The Ones) (10/10) This song is another great rock song, yet it has a calming, more mellow feeling to it, maybe because of the piano during certain parts of the song that make it even better. Awesome intro in this song, and amazing lyrics. A very well done song. Really cool ending. Just a great song all around.
9.Identical (7.5/10) Probably my least favorite on the cd, but that's not saying much cuz this is still a great song. The lyrics are about WAY back in the day when two different religions disagreed on who they thought God was, not thinking about the fact that they were still worshiping the same God. Good theme, I just find it a bit corny at times. Still, good song.
10.Alone (8.5/10) AWESOME INTRO that builds up to the song. Again, lyrics are a bit corny, but whatever...The chorus is very good and catchy.
11.Knoledge (9.5/10) Great piano in this song. It's not your typical slow piano song. Very well done instrumental arrangement, especially when it combines with the violin. Very good lyrics. I really like them. And I absolutely love the end of the song when the guitars and drums come in for the hard rock ending. Great bass drum during that hard rock ending. Perfect way to end the cd.
If you don't have this cd...get it!
A winner from start to finish Jan 15, 2006
Switchfoot fans rejoice, Forever Changed has arrived! It's been a long, long time since I listened to a CD and my very first thought was "Wow!" From the opening song, I was impressed...and it only got better.
Forever Changed is a young band from Florida that recently signed with Floodgate Records. You can't really characterize their sound, but I'd go with Switchfoot-meets-Chevelle-meets-Seven Day Jesus and feel safe. Dan Cole's strong, passionate vocals are right in line with them. Ben O'Rear's guitar work is amazing (though they kind of fake you out with the intro of the first song). These guys sound tight! And when's the last time you actually noticed the drummer in a disc? Well, get prepared to notice everything here.
"The Last Time" starts things with almost a low-key feel at first, and then the music explodes on you. "Encounter" picks up next and keeps you running. Ever heard a band where every guitar solo sounded similar? Not gonna happen here. There are so many little riffs sprinkled throughout the songs you can't get bored.
The title cut is a cry from a broken soul longing to feel something again. If you've ever grown cold inside and watched others excited about their relationship with God, this is how you'd express it.
"Something More" is good, but "Great Divide" has to get you with its lyrics. It's the story of a teenage girl who listens helplessly as her parents scream at each other outside her door. When the father leaves (for good), the song says "She appears to be alive, while dying from the inside out". This is a really emotional song, and it will affect you.
"Romance In Denial" changes pace with a U2 feel. Man, this one got me. One member of a relationship watches in denial as the love dies and things come crumbling down around them. "Dreams, our dreams have come and gone. You claim that you're still chasing yours. So wait-where do I fit in?" This one is a lyrical masterpiece, and I can easily see mainstream radio for this one.
"The Vanity Letter" reminds me a lot of a King's X type of song. The guitars go from hard to clean to a vicious wall of sound, and it's great! "Opportunity" is a call to wake up from apathy and reach those around us. It has to win as the best opening hook on the disc.
"Identical" and "Alone" really showcase Nathan Lee's drumming. The closing song, "Knowledge", might almost seem out of place here. A quiet piano ballad on a rock disc? Don't worry, it works. "You should've known there's more to life than `Live For Today'", the song declares. Then, right when you think you can relax, they bring out the big guns to close the quiet song in true rock fashion.
In all honesty, there's not a single bad song in the bunch. The only warning I can give you is sometimes the lyrics may be too honest for you. There's nothing wrong here, but you can tell these guys have experienced pain before and can remember the despair of life without God. Be prepared to find hope in the midst of struggle.
The production on this disc is top-rate. Tim Taber (formerly of The Prayer Chain, one of the greatest Christian alternative bands ever) was the Executive Producer, but the band credits James Paul Wisner for their sound. They even list the instruments used (haven't you ever wondered?) and a great "Behind the Music" type story of how "The Need To Feel Alive" came to fruition. They shot for a "live" sound, and got it. This is easily my top Christian album so far this year, and it'll take something big to move it. I highly recommend it, and I'm really looking forward to what these guys come up with next!
You Said This Is Christian Rock?!?!? Nov 2, 2005
That was my first thought as I heard this album. The album was introduced to me by a very close and dear friend who played the album and then told me they are a christian band. I was shocked. I strongly suggest that everyone should consider this album as a staple of their music library. I am not necessarily a fan of Christian music myself in fact, my tastes have always been more of the harder edge stuff but I try to listen to everything and hear the sentiment of the lyrics. This album blew me away in an instant. I have seen many bands in concert and heard several thousands of albums in my lifetime. This band ranks among the tops. The reason: the band is extremely tight in their performance. The melodies are strong and so powerful that you can't help but to tap your foot and hum the songs long after the album has finished. The lyrics struck you to your inner core and share a common thread to many life experiences that we all have or will go through. This is one album that I have listened to several times over in a matter of days and still am not tired of it. I look forward to hearing their future albums and seeing how their career progresses. Another great thing about the band is their sense of humor.
the best yet from FC Aug 27, 2005
I've been a fan of FC since 2001 when that guy that sings the "screamin' infidels song" was the singer. They grown sooooo much since then. The best song on the album is "Alone." The lyrics blew the freak outta me. It was EXACTLY what I go through on a regular basis. The best is seein them live, though. The still play old songs like "Moon is Down," "Sincerity Form of an Art," "Everybody's Workin' for the Weekend" etc. Buy this cd and let your grandma listen to it. I did and she gave me 7 bucks!! THAT'S a great cd!!
underoath without the screaming Aug 19, 2005
another james paul wisener produced album (he seems to hand on this bands full length debut doing some guitar part here and vocal thing there). The album showcases earnest vocals and harmonies, big wall of sound guitars, and spirtual esque-lyrics. IT really sounds like underoath without the screaming. Its sprinkled with a few tasteful guitar parts and the gimicky keybaord effects that do at least a decent job of adding an atomspheric touch in songs like "romance in denial". ITs a pretty consistent album but like underoath its not paticularly. Though if anything its a little more accessible and the guitars are a little more melodic, but the distinguishing quality's arte few in between, the production helps alot for accessability. But its far too earnest, far too over produced. ITs kind of enjoyable, but its also a little monotnous