TESLA – Forever More

Tesla – Forever More (2008, Tesla Electric Co. Recordings/Rykodisc Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Forever More” … 5:03
2. “I Wanna Live” … 3:35
3. “One Day at a Time” … 3:12
4. “So What!” … 3:40
5. “Just in Case” … 4:39
6. “Fallin’ Apart” … 4:22
7. “Breakin’ Free” … 5:03
8. “All of Me” … 3:28
9. “The First Time” … 4:11
10. “Pvt. Ledbetter” … 3:24
11. “In a Hole Again” … 5:26
12. “The Game” … 4:51

Jeff Keith – Lead Vocals
Dave Rude – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Frank Hannon – Guitars, Piano
Brian Wheat – Bass, Backing Vocals
Troy Luccketta – Drums

Produced by: Terry Thomas

The first thing I noticed about this album is the cover itself. Very metal feel and un-Tesla like. But still pretty cool and if they wanna put two skeletons kissing on their cover, who am I to complain?

As for the music, it’s a more stripped down sound (meaning what you’re used to hearing from Tesla) than what was heard on Into the Now. Tesla is still fusing their trademark sound with modern hard rock spectacularly, but they left all the effects at home this time, possibly feeling a ‘back to basics’ buzz from their 60s/70s rock Reel to Reel cover albums.

A lot of the riffs here are still very modern though and I say it all the time about these veterans bands, if it was a new, younger band releasing these songs, they’d be radio hits. It’s unfortunate the music business rarely gives older talent a second look unless you’re so big that you can’t be ignored (AC/DC, Metallica, Ozzy, etc).

Most of the album is a highpoint, except for some of the slower songs scattered throughout. “Forever More”, “I Wanna Live” and “Breakin’ Free” are the standouts here and are what I’m talking about when I say they have hit potential.

Forever More doesn’t match the magic that was Into the Now, but it comes pretty close and that’s good enough for me. One of the year’s best releases.

Highlights: “Forever More”, “I Wanna Live”, “So What!”, “Fallin’ Apart”, “Breakin’ Free”, “All of Me”, “The FIrst TIme”, “In a Hole Again”, “The Game”


Posted on October 21, 2008, in Collection, Tesla and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m loving the new Tesla album. One of my all-time favorite bands. I remember seeing them open for Def Leppard at the Cow Palace (San Francisco), back in 1988. They had just played their hometown of Sacramento the night before, and Jeff’s voice was shot. But they still sounded phenomenal, playing all those classic songs off their debut album, Mechanical Resonance. The boys still got it in ’em today.

    Hey, check out the new Syrym album, if you get a chance. We’ve put together 12 tracks that would sit nicely beside this set from Tesla (man, that’d be a fun show, playing with Tesla!). Keep the rock rollin’…

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