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on 16 October 2003
Far are just plain inspirational. Part of the same Sacremento scene as Deftones, these old touring buddies share some similarities in riff style, but that's more or less where the similarity ends. Extremely melodic, with heavy riffs and singer Jonah's impeccable voice, this album and their first - "Tin Cans With Strings To you" are definite must-have albums. Both classics. Forget Nu-metal and pop-punk, this is some real music with shed-loads of emotion, that you can really get your teeth into. One of the highlights has to be opener, "Bury White".
You may have heard some of the former members' music in the bands they've been in since. Jonah, the singer; had an acoustic, lo-fi outing under the monicker "One line drawing" (who did a mini-album with rival schools[ex-quicksand]), and more latterly his band New End Original. Although still an immaculate song writer, Jonah's latest band's have never had that extra special something, which was found in Far. The Revolution Smile is a new-ish band, featuring the Far guitarist, although I haven't heard them yet - I just got the album today.
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on 22 May 2002
The only reason I can offer as to why this album didn't make Far world famous is that the world simply wasn't ready for them.
Their earlier work was nothing special, with just a few little seeds of joy such as the song "Job's Eyes" which found it's place on an episode in season one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But "Water & Solutions" just offers song after song with lyrics and melodies that make you wonder if vocalist Jonah Sonz Matranga hasn't sold his soul to Satan to obtain his incredible skill in musical diversity.
If you're looking for alternative metal with intelligent lyrics, try tracks 1 & 3, "Bury White" and "Water & Solutions". If your taste is more pop punk, check out "I Like It" and "Wear It So Well". If you want heart-wreching emo rock, there's "Mother Mary" and "Man Overboard". And for those with a taste for honest, simple ballads they provide "Really Here" and "In 2 Again".
This album is as emotional as Jimmy Eat World's "Bleed American", as intelligent as anything Radiohead ever produced, but still as original as it gets, and with a singer whose voice is more expressive than any rock singer I've ever heard.
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on 9 April 2002
"Water and solutions" by Sacramento band Far, is one of the pivotal and most vital releases in not only the field of Post-hardcore/Emo, but in music. It is made up of 12 songs, ranging from ballad-style(Really Here) to hard rockers(The System)to pop-punk(Mother Mary) but all of which can be summed up in one word - beautiful. Responsible for this, is Jonah Sonz Matranga, owner of simply one of the most poignant voices in rock. Each track is awe inspiring in its simplicity and melody, with Jonah's voice lending new meaning to the words "emotional" and "heartfelt"
Considering Fars' musical peers in their hometown of Sacramento at the time, Deftones and Will Haven, Fars' sound is striking in its originality and its' bravery, the band not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves.
Far never did manage to aspire to rocks big league, but are all the more special for it, as they are cited as major influences by many of todays great bands,e.g Hundred Reasons, Deftones, Rival Schools, Aerogramme, Will Haven and many more, with several great projects arising from, their ashes, namely Onelinedrawing, New End Original and more recently, guitarist Shaun Lopez' new outfit, Revolution Smile, who have just recently been signed to Fred Durst's record label(No comment!)
So, if you have not heard Far, do yourself a favour and seek out their stuff, hard as it is to find, and enjoy. If you're already a fan, then well done, - spread the word.
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on 22 March 2004
Water & Solutions is an album so far ahead of it's time it's untrue. These guys set the foundation for a generation of emo bands. Coming across like a mixture of Helmet and Quicksand these guys mixed muscular metal with indie-rock. I would highly recommend this album along with Their first album Tin cans with strings to you.
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on 29 June 2006
this was fars second and final album but its legacy is hard to describe,for this was the album that influenced many an emo band and really kickstarted the scene,thats not to say that emo wasnt around in one form or another but this was an emo album that oozed class and each song tells a story,and the catchiness of it all is more than infectious.

Far were great touring buddies of the deftones and they are deftones approved so thats high praise,far started off as a harder hitting band,their debut is heavier than this but not as good,these songs will punch holes in your brain and you will be hooked from the beginning,the strength of the band lay in jonah matrangas ice cool vocals,he has a voice that many imitate but seldom achieve,his voice was perfect for their sound.

The key songs include the single mother mary,the immense bury white,really here,the system and waiting for sunday but thats not to take away from the other songs of course.Time has been kind to this album as it could still be released today and stand up along side todays bands like thursday,funeral for a friend etc,you will find new meaning to the words emotion music if you throw this into your cd player
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on 3 March 2002
When i first bought this album two years ago, nothing really struck me as amazing about it, so it remained at the bottom of my CD box.However, upon further listen later on, I realised that this album is not simply a huge pit of misery and despair, but is in fact a masterpiece.A powerful, beautiful album that tugs at your heart-strings with every note. Jonah Matranga has one of the most passionate voices in rock music, and, combined with the superd musicianship and Dave Sardy's faultless production, it all blends superbly to make this such an incredible, unforgettable album.Highly recommended for anyone looking for something with a little more soul that Linkin Park or Creed.
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on 9 April 2015
Iconic masterpiece
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on 16 July 2004
This has got to be one of the best cds I have bought in a long time, there is not a bad track on it. I would definetly suggest buying it.
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on 10 October 2014
A collection of very samey songs with snooze worthy music. It opens with the best song, and goes downhill from there. Yes, if you like that kind of "emo" music, and you're into The Hotelier, La DIspute or Mansions, you can easily see where the influence comes from. But it's so boring.
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on 5 January 2014
This is pure awful. No good songs on it. Miserable, under-produced emo tosh. Sorry! I currently beat it from time to time with mallets.
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