Water & Solutions

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Water & Solutions
Far - Water And Solutions.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 10, 1998
RecordedApril 1997
StudioThe Magic Shop, New York[1]
GenrePost-hardcore, emo,[2] alternative rock, alternative metal[2]
LabelEpic/Immortal Records
ProducerDave Sardy
Far chronology
Tin Cans with Strings to You
Water & Solutions
At Night We Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [3]

Water & Solutions is the fourth album by American band Far.


The album was recorded in April 1997, nearly a full year before being released in March 1998. During the 11 month interval, the band released the promotional Soon EP in October 1997, which contained two songs from the upcoming album, as well as a cover of the Jawbox song "Savory", and an acoustic version of the 1996 track "Sorrow's End". That year, the band also released a 7" vinyl split with Immortal Records label mates Incubus, and performed several songs from the still unreleased Water & Solutions on tour.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave Water & Solutions a positive four star review, stating it "finds the Sacramento-based alternative metal band coming into their own, creating a distinctive fusion of the sober, grinding guitars of Helmet and Tool"[3] and that "the best moments of Water & Solutions show that Far have carved out their own alterna-metal niche."[3] French publication Rocksound claimed in 1998 that the album's sound was "made up of the best elements of Deftones and Radiohead." In 1999, CMJ New Music Report referred to it as a "sonically flawless masterpiece."[5]

More contemporary reviews have cited Water & Solutions as a progenitor to the 2000s emo rock movement, with PopMatters remarking in 2004 the record was "a few minutes before everything emo blew the hell up; the album and the band that made it disintegrated quickly after its release."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jonah Matranga; all music composed by Far.

1."Bury White"3:09
2."Really Here"2:44
3."Water & Solutions"3:09
4."Mother Mary"2:16
5."I Like It"3:21
6."The System"2:05
8."In 2 Again"5:03
9."Wear It So Well"3:30
10."Man Overboard"4:57
11."Another Way Out"2:59
12."Waiting For Sunday"4:31



  1. ^ "Far From Home". Narratively.com. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c Jon Goff (2004-08-11). "Far: Water & Solutions (Re-issue)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  3. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Water & Solutions at AllMusic
  4. ^ 'Water and Solutions', one of the beautiful records of the 1990s Slikeus (In Portuguese), 26 March, 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2019
  5. ^ CMJ New Music Report (p. 27), 19 July 1999