She Wants Revenge – This Is Forever
Release Date: October 9, 2007
Record Label: Geffen Records
Scoring big last year with the single “Tear You Apart” and 300,000 copies sold of their self-titled debut, Justin Warfield and Adam 12 (known as She Wants Revenge) move along to This Is Forever, the second recorded installment for the California electronic post-punk band. The album begins with “First, Love,” a pulsating instrumental mood maker and a big ‘ol look-at-me track that acts to call listeners in for supper. It’s an attractive start-up.
But then things go sour, or funny, depending on how you look at it. The rest of This Is Forever is a monotone studio party that kicks in after Depeche Mode Karaoke Hour. The Cure’s in there too – that’s where we can credit some of the gloomy vocals and dark undertow – but there is little, very very little, in This Is Forever that you can’t get (and much better) with bands like Interpol, Germany’s Wolfsheim, Pet Shop Boys (my personal favorite), and the Mode themselves. Besides the thick melody and catchy choral structure on “True Romance,” I found this album barely bearable. Singer Warfield is dreary and plodding around on one level for the entire effort. The prior self-titled release, although on the hot list when it was released in early 2006, suffered from the same vocal humdrum, arrangement monotony, and near-zero lasting power. Last night, liquor flowin’ and strobe lights goin’, the DJ only spinned Orgy’s cover of “Blue Monday.” This Is Forever is the next day’s bad hangover.
Whether or not Warfield and Adam 12 take themselves as seriously as their smoky pitch suggests, lines like “I don't know why you hide from me / All those times you said you'd die for me” (“Walking Away”) are theatrical, almost satirical representations of the 80’s jams they internalized when growing up a young bugger. Warfield has a minor British inflection and sounds absolutely miserable about life; if he doesn’t get excited about what he’s doing, how am I supposed to? Thirteen tracks with him and I sounds more like 13 hours stuck inside my local Hot Topic. Now that is forever.
The allure behind electronic rock and post-punk is a lot more enhanced than Depeche Mode covers and trance-like, man-made synth structures. This is where She Wants Revenge dug its own grave. There is an ocean-sized difference between interestingly moody and tediously boring. This Is Forever takes that difference and straddles it all the way to the last track.
This review is a user submitted review from Julia Conny. You can see all of Julia Conny's submitted reviews here.
this band is pretty good i thought
maybe not this is forever
but their debut was a solid effot
their are a couple tracks that i like on this one
'she will always be a broken girl'
'pretend that the world has ended'
and 'written in blood' are all really good in my opinion