The Fall Of Boss Koala
Reference Points


2.5
average

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2011 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Post-rock, but not post-rock enough for post-rock fans; screamo, but not screamo enough for screamo fans; post-hardcore, but not post-hardcore enough for post-hardcore fans.”

The Fall of Boss Koala were an ambitious screamo band from the inhospitable highlands of Dundee, Scotland. Much like the eponymous koala leader, the band ultimately ‘fell’ in 2006, deciding to call it a day after their bassist “left to go on to do other things.” As a result of their limited success and appeal, surviving information concerning the band is scarce and exists largely on out-dated social networking sites such as MySpace. Perhaps the most striking piece of information from their profile is this stark, defeated admission of inadequacy:

“Post-rock, but not post-rock enough for post-rock fans;
screamo, but not screamo enough for screamo fans;
post-hardcore, but not post-hardcore enough for post-hardcore fans.”


With these simple words The Fall of Boss Koala perhaps analyse themselves better than any bored, adolescent reviewer in his bedroom ever could. ‘Reference Points’ is full of moments of brilliance, and utilises a diverse, ambitious range of influences; but ultimately fails to be more than simply the sum of its parts.

While there are moments of genuine talent and intrigue on ‘Reference Points’, they are threaded together poorly, and so the album as a whole suffers. All too often crescendos seem hurried and inefficient and result in abrupt dynamic shifts which are uncomfortable rather than exciting. This is particularly the case throughout ‘No, Everything’s Not Alright’ as its numerous motifs are not given ample time to develop and each change feels forced. The transitions in ‘I Love My Dead Gay Son (Part 1)’ are executed slightly better, although the more intense codas which follow beautifully meandering guitar notes are perhaps not as forceful as they could have been. Furthermore, the crescendos are one-dimensional and predictable, forfeiting any catharsis they might otherwise have affected.

The poor structuring on ‘Reference Points’ is a great shame because there are passages which are extremely proficient in their own right – they are just not connected well. The progression of mournful bass notes at the beginning of ‘End of the World’ are genuinely affecting; as is some of the aggressive tremolo picking in ‘I Love My Dead Gay Son (Part 2)’ – especially when counterpointed by mesmerising lead parts. Unfortunately there are also passages which are not up to standard. Generally speaking, the ‘screamo’ side of the band’s music is not performed as well as it could have been, with the more aggressive guitar parts sounding clichéd and dull. The screams, also, are poorly performed throughout; while the cleaner vocals are of the whinier variety and as such are extremely annoying when they are used. The ‘post-rock’ side of things is better, though is still flawed– the long tremolos at the end of ‘…Dead Gay Son (Part 1)’ are especially grating, and the persistent structural inadequacies, for example.

To put it bluntly the structural composition of ‘Reference Points’ is simply not up to the standard required by the better bands in the genre. The album is brimming with individual potential, but its numerous moments of brilliance are clumsily linked and the result is an awkwardly incomplete whole. ‘Reference Points’ is also let down by its screamo tendencies – its post-rockier moments range from pleasantly proficient to genuinely engaging. Thus, ultimately the belief that The Fall of Boss Koala would have been better without the generic screams and ineffective guitar parts is inescapable.



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ffs
July 3rd 2011


4883 Comments


cmon

Maniac!
July 3rd 2011


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WHAT THE HELL.

craigy2
July 3rd 2011


551 Comments


i know! this is something i really thought i would have liked but i just don't think it's done that well / / /

Maniac!
July 3rd 2011


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I will destroy your sputnik persona.

craigy2
July 3rd 2011


551 Comments


ha! I hardly ever post, I barely have a sputnik persona

Maniac!
July 3rd 2011


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Then this should be easy...

Tyrael
July 3rd 2011


20946 Comments


Oh

Digging: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

craigy2
July 3rd 2011


551 Comments


It was actually quite close to being a 3 if that changes anything...

Josh D.
July 3rd 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like the other bands of the members of TFOBK more than TFOBK.

craigy2
July 3rd 2011


551 Comments


Archives? haven't heard them yet. what are they like?

Blindsided
July 3rd 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No way.

danielito19
July 3rd 2011


6435 Comments


I need to listen to this. Surprised to see a 2.5 review for a 4.1 album. Review is really well written though.

Maniac!
July 3rd 2011


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd neg, but you didn't write a bad review.



Might neg anyway, dunno yet.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2011


7026 Comments


i love my dead gay son

Josh D.
July 3rd 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Archives are fantastic.

craigy2
July 3rd 2011


551 Comments


lol, Brandon

Maniac!
July 3rd 2011


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YOU DON'T KNOW ME

Ire
July 3rd 2011


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtf how come all the fags have already checked this out? good review tho

danielito19
July 3rd 2011


6435 Comments


i love my dead gay son

RagingStorm
July 3rd 2011


509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review but i disagree so hard



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