Finger Eleven - Finger Eleven

Published: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 8:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 8:17 p.m.

Believe it or not. the Canadian quintet once known as Rainbow Butt Monkey is starting to grow up.

One of Canada's most popular bands, Finger Eleven, released their most mature effort to date on their self-titled album in 2003.

Finger Eleven's newest album should prove that this band is not simply another Our Lady Peace-clone. Many comparisons between the two bands were made when Finger Eleven released their debut album, Tip.

Not only were these two bands from the same country, but their sounds were remarkably similar in the beginning. Both Scott Anderson of Finger Eleven and Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace demonstrated wide vocal range and both bands had a similar sound on their earlier work. Since they are two of the few Canadian bands that are popular in the United States, it's only natural for them to be grouped together.

Finger Eleven must have done something right because they attracted the attention of Ozzy Osbourne who signed the band on to play with him on his Canadian tour in the summer of 2003.

The band seems to have developed their own musical style on their new CD, a formula of ambient bass-driven verses with stop-start, head-bobbing guitar riffs and melody that bursts into primal screaming in the chorus. But Anderson said on the band's website that they are "not heavy for the sake of being heavy." And don't you dare call them a nü-metal band!

Perhaps to dispel this label, Finger Eleven put tracks on their new album that are more melodic such as their acoustic single, "One Thing". This song is catchy, but much too repetitive and not representative at all of the bulk of their songs which are much heavier.

Overall the group has developed a harder sound on this album, perhaps due to the fact that Johnny K of Disturbed produced it. For the first time on an album, Anderson screams on most of the tracks throughout the verses. On the first two albums, he sang softly and sometimes even whispered providing more melodic songs verses. Anderson displayed greater vocal range on the band's first two albums, but the new one has more energy with tracks such as "Good Times," which sounds more like Powerman 5000 than early Finger Eleven.

The album is pretty solid, but some repetitive tracks such as "Conversations" and "Panic Attack" fall flat.

For a limited time, the CD includes an extra DVD with more than an hour of live footage of the band as well as some behind-the-scenes footage.

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