Crooked Fingers - Forfeit / Fortune
- Artist: Crooked Fingers
- Album: Forfeit / Fortune
- Label: Red Pig / Constant
- Year of Release: 2008
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- Reviewed by: dscanland on 2008-11-29
I've been a Crooked Fingers fan from day one. I caught onto the self-titled almost immediately and fell in love with the re-incarnated Eric Bachmann. As expected, this project is getting fuller and fuller upon every release and Forfeit / Fortune is no exception. But I think that 4 great albums in a row might be just all Crooked Fingers will be able to muster up. There are still some great moments on Forfeit but the album just seems to be a little lacklustre in the band's territory.
Lara Meyerattken takes on vocals again on a few songs but I find myself yearning for Bachmann to come back and sing a song. The second track, "Luisa's Bones" is like this: nicely arranged but the vocals are tiring. "Phony Revolutions" brings back that tex-mex feel with Eric singing. Again, I think they've ventured down this territory too many times. I quite liked "Give and be Taken". It had a fresh feel to it with an aggressive, almost dance-like beat. Yes, it's Lara singing on this one but it's a little different. The gentle "Let's Not Pretend (To Be New Men)" was decent as well. Still had that spaghetti western flavor to it.
Long time fans may feel the same as I do, this album was too much like Dignity and Shame. They just need to take on some new influences next time around.
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