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Far from Finished / Left Alone

Far from Finished / Left Alone: SplitSplit (2006)
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This split delivers four songs from Far from Finished and four from Left Alone. Each band gives us three originals and one cover, and both are good in their own right but the transition from Far from Finished to Left Alone is like going from a Guinness to a Bud Light. Far from Finished delivers a fu.
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This split delivers four songs from Far from Finished and four from Left Alone. Each band gives us three originals and one cover, and both are good in their own right but the transition from Far from Finished to Left Alone is like going from a Guinness to a Bud Light. Far from Finished delivers a full wall of sound (stout) while the Left Alone songs sound almost demo quality (fill in your own comment about Bud Light here).

Far from Finished start things off with a kickin' amped up version of "Bastard's Way" from their Eastside of Nowhere debut album. Their next song "Fight Back" is my favorite from this split. Good message + rockin' music = great sing-along to help you fight through the shitstorms of your day. "Untitled" is a solid straight-ahead rock/punk tune that shows the band maturing musically from their debut album. Next they cover Elvis Costello's "Radio, Radio" and do a great job. They keep the original version's beautiful simplicity but intensify the power of the song with a heavier rhythm section. The only thing I would have changed is to make the organ more pronounced cause "You gotta rock that organ, baby!"

Left Alone is up next with "9 to 5." It is a good little ska-punk number. Definitely reminds me of something that could have come from the Rudiments / Suicide Machines split or really off of anything from a Beach Recordings release from the mid-`90s (obscure reference). On their next song "Something New," which is one of my favorite tunes from this band and that includes their material from Broken Hearts and Lonely Upstarts, the Rancid comparisons (that is the band, not the putrid lunch meat, but some of you will say that they are one in the same) can not be more evident. It is a really good song and if the lyrics were a bit more unintelligible, this could be one of those great Rancid / Operation Ivy songs that is only available as some unreleased demo. "Darkroom" follows and the ska is forgotten and replaced with a more punk sound Ă¡ la early Lookout! Records / Bay Area before Punk Part II changed the music landscape. Left Alone end the split with their version of the Smiths' "Panic." A great song but this version is only OK as it is too rushed and sloppy.

All in all, the Far from Finished side has four solid tunes and Left Alone gives you two great songs and two that are so-so. Definitely worth getting and I am looking forward to hearing new full-lengths from both bands.

 

 
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Rudy87 (July 4, 2008)

hmmm

FFF tracks are amazing

cant say so much for the Left Alone tracks...

either way, the FFF tracks made it worth buying

but fuck Left Alone

keylay (March 9, 2007)

fuck these guys downvote this shit

keylay (March 9, 2007)

fuck these guys for being quiet and not reporting a fucking rape they know about

fucking shitty band and shitty music

Anonymous (October 17, 2006)

this split is ok not the best not the worst

Anonymous (October 16, 2006)

The FFF songs kick ass, the left alone songs
I couldn't stop laughing, this is a joke band right?
this band will never be Rancid, so why even bother...
and there is only one Elvis and he's dead,
what a joke.

Anonymous (October 16, 2006)

soby from volcom did it. hes locked up now. and one more thing that girl band sux!

DOUBLEDUCE (October 14, 2006)

I really enjoyed the split especially the songs from FFF, Left Alone is o.k. I had the chance to hear the new disc from FFF that is coming out in Nov. and I have to say it was fuckin' amazing. Living in the Fallout is going to be a huge success for these guys.

Anonymous (October 13, 2006)

Left Alone has the best songs on this split. Far From Finished is kinda boring

Anonymous (October 13, 2006)

left alone's new full length is pretty good.

Anonymous (October 13, 2006)

FFF rules.. left alone are gay.

gladimnotemo (October 13, 2006)

I think I saw Left Alone in Cleveland at the beginning of the year, and they were really, really, really bad. I might as well just have sat in the parking lot and listen to a scratched Operation Ivy CD. DUDES playing reggae punk, bro!

"We used to be working class, but now we're in a punk band!"

Anonymous (October 13, 2006)

Let's not forget that whole rape thing involving a member of Left Alone. Fuck this band. I'm just sorry Far From Finished had to share a split with them.

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