Falling Up [Fangs]
Posted March 17, 2009
By KevinDavis_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Falling Up returns with their 4th full length album, “Fangs”, a mystical concept record telling a story of hope. Years in the works, Falling Up has brought to life a lush musical journey that began as story penned by lead singer Jessy Ribordy. Heros & villains, good and evil, trials and tribulation. “The story of our hero begins as he crash lands into a great sea on this mystic planet called Neptuenn. We follow along on his quest as he embarks to discover the history of the planet, and just like anytime one travels to a distant land, he is shocked to notice just how strange the place that he comes from really is.” This album, along with the introduction, is an account and summary of chapters 1-5 from the book “Fangs!” adapted from the original screenplay "Neptuenn's Cavern" by Jessy Ribordy.
This is unlike any Christian release I’ve ever heard and it is a truly brilliant musical journey. I’ve enjoyed previous hit songs by Falling Up including “Flights”, “Contact”, “Exit Calypsan” and “Hotel Aquarium”. If you liked those songs, you won’t be disappointed with the stand-out songs on “Fangs” which for me are the first 3 songs “The Colour Eoptian”, “Lotus And The Langourous” and “Streams Of Woe At Acheron”. Those 3 songs set the stage for the concept of the album, which is unique and fictional. The music and Jessy’s singing voice blend perfectly with the synth-rock sound of Falling Up, musically more like the “Exit Lights” remix album. I’ve already listened to the song “Lotus And The Langourous” over a dozen times, and it is my favorite new rock song of the year. There is nothing offensive in the song lyrics although they are obscure. The album reminds me of last year’s stand-out album “With Arrows, With Poise” by The Myriad, including more arrow references in “Golden Arrows” and “The Kings Garden”, part of a mellow middle section of the album which continues until the rock kicks into high gear with the guitar intro on “The Moon And Sixpence”. The album closes with 4 more story songs, including more references to the “golden arrows” in “Goddess of the Dayspring, Am I”, and “Swimming Toward Propellers”.
If you like praise and worship or lyrics that you can immediately identify with, this album is not for you. If you like alternative rock like The Myriad, Anberlin and Radiohead, then this concept album is for you.
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