Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ranking the Albums: 7 Seconds

To commemorate the May 27th release of their first new album in nearly a decade Leave A Light On, I figured this would be a good time to revisit my Ranking the Albums feature with one of my favorite bands of all-time—7 Seconds. 

I first discovered 7 Seconds as a junior in high school when I heard their cover of “99 Red Balloons” on the Chuck Wagon edition of The Underground Circus (a radio show out of Tampa).  The song blew me away and I quickly picked up their album Walk Together, Rock Together (I still have that original cassette even), which left an indelible mark on my life.  Next I picked up Live! One Plus One, which focused on the band’s transition from a straight hardcore punk sound to a more melodic, U2-esque, emo sound.  I loved the different direction, which makes sense considering I was a huge U2 fan at the time.  From there I picked up everything that I could (records on smaller indie labels were a lot harder to find in the early ‘90s) and eventually bought everything that was available on CD. 

7 Seconds’ music can essentially be broken into three eras: the early hardcore years, the middle melodic years, and the return to hardcore years.  Through all of those years and stylistic changes, this band has never released a bad record.  Sure some are better than other but none of them suck and that is quite a testament to this band’s talent and tenacity. 

For sake of simplicity, I have limited this list to the band’s proper studio releases (including full-lengths and EPs) because their complete discography is a long and complex one.  Much of their early recordings were collected in the Old School and alt.music.hardcore releases and in 2000 the band released a second live album called Scream Real Loud…Live!.  This list is in order of preference.  

For more information on 7 Seconds check out their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, AllMusic, and Wikipedia pages.

1.  Walk Together, Rock Together
2.  Praise
3.  Soulforce Revolution
4.  New Wind
5.  Ourselves
6.  The Music, The Message
7.  Good To Go
8.  The Crew
9.  Out the Shizzy
10.  Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over

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