Average Bear is a weekly track-by-track album review. This week, I review the 2015 album “Just Like You” by Fallin in Reverse.
Falling In Reverse and I have a shaky history. Not only did I rate their latest attempt, “Fashionably Late,” my worst album of 2013, but they have publicly made fools of themselves (mostly frontman Ronnie Radke) and serve the world as a group of egomaniacs. This time around, they took a serious turn of heart and created a serious and heartfelt record that’s reminiscent of what they used to be.
1. “Chemical Prisoner”
Whoa, are Falling In Reverse playing good music again? Oh yes. This opener is classic FIR style and sets the album off to a beautiful intro. The fast paced guitar laced with power vocals make for a nice combo and this track alone reassures me that this is back to the FIR I used to know.
2. “God, If You Are Above”
Being the first single off the album, I instantly felt a difference in style from previous attempts. It feels fresh. The instrumentals are unique and well written, while the vocals are inspired. The song overall has an upbeat melody that sticks in your head and leaves a good taste in your mouth.
3. “Sexy Drug”
Ugh, just when I thought it was getting better. Unfortunately, FIR relapses back into old habits with trashy lyrics and boring pop-rock melodies. The heavy guitar plays in so strangely here, and there is a certain section of lyrics that is just ridiculous. If you’ve listened, you know what I’m speaking of. I’ll pass on this one.
4. “Just Like You”
Fortunately, we are back to the good. This is an acceptance song of a bad past, admitting faults and bad behavior. The chorus is so catchy it drives you nuts. The whole song sounds as if they all have something to say in their individual parts, and it comes off extremely sincere. Well played, guys.
5. “Guillotine IV (The Final Chapter)”
If you don’t know the history of the Guillotine, I suggest looking into it. This is a great finishing chapter. The quick and snappy guitar and drums duos sounds in sync to the 10th degree. The chorus drives the whole song together and the finished product is a well written punch in the face.
6. “Stay Away”
This track is nothing new, but it’s not bad by any means. The instrumentals sound familiar, as do the vocals. Overall, there really isn’t much to say here. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll song by definition and nothing more.
7. “Wait and See”
I do not understand why Ronnie insists on including rap in these songs. Metalcore and rap are two separate beasts and sound very strange when blended together. Seperately, each aspect sounds good here, but the overall product is an awkward blend of styles that shouldn’t have been.
8. “The Bitter End”
The band again produces a boring track that has nothing new to show off. It’s not bad, but that’s the thing. It’s just another decent track containing reused guitar riffs and the same ol’ screams. It’s nothing new, but it’s not an awful song either. I do want to point out the bridge in the final half, which is the best in the album. Other than that, nothing new here.
9. “My Heart’s to Blame”
This is easily the most electronically based track on the album. The little electronic tidbits laced throughout add a fresh element that keeps an otherwise dull song afloat. The chorus is the same hard-hitting anthem as many others, but the song as a whole is good.
10. “Get Me Out”
Finally, the band delivers something different. The chant worthy, swinging verses bleed beautifully into chorus. The soft-toned cuts in between are a great lead in and the message the song is out to portray is great. I appreciate songs that actually say something, and that’s exactly what you get here.
11. “Die For You”
I love how hard this song is. A lot of the tracks on this album would have benefitted from a little harder overall tone, and that critique is displayed perfectly here. The guitar and fast paced drums with an absolutely brutal vocal track put this track over the top in a gorgeous way.
The album ends with a ballad that tears at the heartstrings. Any song about loss hits hard, and the sincerity from Ronnie in this track amplifies the overall product. You can feel the pain riddled throughout the lyrics and the soft-toned piano is written to compliment that perfectly. This is a great way to close out the album.
“Die For You”
I am happy to say that Falling In Reverse have absolutely redeemed themselves. Though there are a few bad tunes and some with a little less than exciting overall sound, the album is miles apart in quality than its predecessor. Kudos to Falling In Reverse.