7 Seconds

Soulforce Revolution

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If this album had been produced better, it could have been awesome; the songs are generally well-conceived and catchy (especially the fantastic opener "Satyagraha"), but the processed guitar sounds are weak, and there's an overabundance of reverb on everything (typical of many albums made in the late '80s), which takes all of the punch and immediacy out of the group's hardcore-derived sound. Not that this album has much to do with hardcore -- by this time, Kevin Seconds and company had all but abandoned their feral punk roots in favor of a far more melodic direction (just as many other hardcore bands of the early '80s did). Those who can live with those gripes will be pleased to find a consistent set of poppy, vaguely punk-influenced college rock on Soulforce Revolution, while purist punks will probably reject the album outright.

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