Poets of the Fall
Twilight Theater


4.0
excellent

Review

by Super Grover USER (32 Reviews)
March 17th, 2010 | 39 replies | 17,902 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Poets finally come out of their shells.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

I have to hand it to Poets of the Fall--there’s no band quite like them. Their basis is a mainstream-oriented, pop-rock sound, yes, but if there’s one thing the Finnish sextet appear to hate more than anything, it’s being labeled. Their debut, Signs of Life, was an impressive collection of acoustic pop a la Guster’s deranged, foreign twin of sorts, and granted them a fair amount of notoriety in their homeland. However, frontman Marko Saaresto and company refused to pigeonhole themselves, following it up with an artsy, one-level-short-of-insanity pop rock album (Carnival of Rust) and returning as an electric-guitar-oriented rockier version of themselves on 2008’s Revolution Roulette. Even with the band’s constant metamorphoses, it appeared that the latter direction was bound to be permanent--for one, the record contained some of their best songs to date, but also displayed a maddening sense of consistency. It appeared the Poets were stuck in a sweet spot, satisfied to be an above-the-cut pop-rock band churning out hits for Finnish radio without too much effort.

When the lead single for the band’s latest effort, Twilight Theater, was released, it did little to dispel this notion. “Dreaming Wide Awake” was a dreamy (surprise!), midtempo cut that found a niche somewhere in between the Poets’ last two albums. It had just enough spark, as always, to keep the band soaring above their contemporaries, but it seemed as if TT would be yet another dose of typical Poets.

Thankfully, Twilight Theater is basically the textbook definition of a band building upon their potential. The band describes the record as “cinematic rock,” and that’s as accurate of a description as one can offer. “War” is the first sign of the Poets’ maturity, an emotional five-minute track that epically builds up to heights previously left untouched by the band. Saaresto gives one of his best vocal performances of his career as the song alternates between an acoustic, crooning verse and a grand, explosive chorus in which he belts “When I thought that I fought this war alone/you were there by my side on the front line.” The band’s flair for the dramatic continues with the equally incendiary and orchestral “15 Min Flame,” resulting in two of the most creative, if not best songs they’ve written.

The Poets haven’t lost their acoustic and pop sensibilities either--“Change” is a delightfully optimistic waltz, and Saaresto’s soothing baritone vocals combine with piano fuel the low-key “Given and Denied.” While the midsection of the record tends to drag a bit once the tempo begins to slow, the poppy, riff paradise of “Dying to Live” snaps the band out of their slump almost instantly. “Smoke and Mirrors” is equally engaging, playing true to its title as it operates on serpentine guitar lines from Olli Tuklainen.

It's too often we write off a band's potential after a few albums in which they fail to live up to it, but it's rare that we're ever proven wrong in making such an assumption. This is what makes Twilight Theater such a refreshing listen--Poets of the Fall have made the largest creative leap of their career, finally living up to the vast potential they displayed throughout their first three releases. Twilight Theater is without a doubt one of the catchiest, hook-filled records you'll hear in 2010, as as far as pop rock goes, it may even be one of the best.



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Romulus
March 17th 2010



8411 Comments


What a pleasant surprise. Great album.

BrahTheSunGod
March 18th 2010



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn. This is really good, had never heard of them before but I'm really enjoying it so far.

Phrike
March 18th 2010



1691 Comments


Damn I did not expect a review on this so quickly! Ive only heard it once so far but its pretty good. Great review

"War" is so awesome

Romulus
March 18th 2010



8411 Comments


Glad to see you're enjoying it guys. And yeah, War is definitely my favorite on here although Dying to Live comes close.

Ponton
Emeritus
March 18th 2010



5784 Comments


Good review, rom, I really like it. Pos. I did notice one thing in the first paragraph where you needed to close this off, I think:

(Carnival of Rust and returning as an electric-guitar-oriented rockier version of themselves on 2008’s Revolution Roulette.

Romulus
March 18th 2010



8411 Comments


Thanks Jared, forgot the second parentheses there after Rust. Much appreciated.

Ponton
Emeritus
March 18th 2010



5784 Comments


I read about this earlier this year, but forgot about it for some reason. is there a stream available to try it out?

Romulus
March 18th 2010



8411 Comments


It might be on their myspace, but sadly myspace is blocked on the computer I'm on right now, so this should work:

http://www.recordshopx.com/artist/poets_of_the_fall/twilight_theater/

PayneTiger777
March 18th 2010



4387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmmm, I just recently downloaded their other albums. I'll have to look into this.

I just listened to it on youtube and it's pretty damn good.

Romulus
March 18th 2010



8411 Comments


This actually beats their other albums, which are all really solid, by a decent margin. Glad you're enjoying it Payne.

BrahTheSunGod
March 19th 2010



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is it really weird to say that this reminds me of a less gimmicky HIM?

Romulus
March 19th 2010



8411 Comments


I can see where you're coming from there. I'll always think of these guys as the little acoustic pop band they were back on their debut and now all of a sudden they're making these six minute epic songs... I like it though.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2010



20855 Comments


RomsGom, can I ask for some band comparisons for this particular album please?

Romulus
May 7th 2010



8411 Comments


Very tough call but I would say... combine Snow Patrol with HIM (thanks Brah) and make it good because that sounds terrible. Very baritone-esque, melodic hard rock

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2010



20855 Comments


Hmm, at the very least, it sounds interesting. I wasn't expecting Snow Patrol to sneak into any comparison.

Romulus
May 8th 2010



8411 Comments


Maybe that was a little misleading cause it's not too unique or anything, but it's definitely catchy. At the very least I can't see you disliking this.

Dryden
May 8th 2010



12928 Comments


when they came out of thier shells did they feel naked

Trist66
May 31st 2010



148 Comments


Woah, I just beat Alan Wake. Kind of weird. I'll get it when I have some extra money.

Phantom
May 31st 2010



8930 Comments


Alan Wake.

Old Gods Of Asgard

PayneTiger777
June 3rd 2010



4387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just downloaded this. All of their albums are pretty damn awesome. More people need to listen to these guys. I remember I first heard of them after beating Max Payne 2 and they had "Late Goodbye" at the ending credits.



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