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Progressive but still no crashings.
Posted September 28, 2007
By fallingup1986,


Falling up is and has been my favourite band for a while. I was first mesmerized by the crunchy yet ambient nu-metal of "crashings" and was instantly hooked onto the band. Then came "Dawn Escapes" a more ambient album that lacked originality aside from the lovely piano ballads.

With this third release I was eager to see where falling up would go with their sound. Dawn Escapes was a good album but it was not as original and textured as Crashings. This new album falls in between the two. It's not as good as crashings but shows improvement over dawn escapes.

What seems to be the case here is that the band has decided to take the best elements of the first two albums and combine them together. There are some good crunchy guitar riffs ("Hotel Aquarium" and "Murexa) and some catchy electronica elements ("A guide to marine life" and "good morning planeterium"). It is worth mentioning though that while the above mentioned songs are good they lack the punch of songs like "Bittersweet" and "broken heart" of the first album. Add to that the not so interesting tracks such as "maps" and "helicopters" and you have an album that doesn't really top crashings.

What it does do however is show progression over "dawn escapes". All of the songs on that album had songs that mostly sounded the same and were only set apart by their piano melodies. Captiva corrects that with tracks that stand out and dont sound similar. You can find everything from ambient, to heavy, to poppish on this album and thats good.

Over all it is a great album and shows progression over dawn escapes as falling up move in a new direction but you will not be able to shake the feeling that this album is not as good as crashings.

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