Falling in Reverse
Fashionably Late


1.0
awful

Review

by merpmerp USER (8 Reviews)
June 12th, 2013 | 837 replies


Release Date: 06/18/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They really don't give a fuck anymore.

Let's make one thing clear. If Falling In Reverse wasn't fronted by Ronnie Radke, this band would be absolutely nowhere. Even their debut was plagued with generic breakdowns, awful synths, and repetitive song structures. If they had an unknown vocalist, no one would have listened to it, no one would have given it any attention, and the band probably wouldn't have bothered to release a sophomore effort. Unfortunately, Ronnie Radke isn't an unknown vocalist. In fact, he's made quite a name for himself these past few months. Allegedly firing his whole band, releasing solo rap songs, and deleting his tweets when things weren't going his way are just some of the great things that Radke has been up to. Now the time has come, and we're presented with "Fashionably Late", the band's "highly anticipated" sophomore record. Let's just say, they really don't care anymore.

I sat down today and prepared myself for a wild ride. I knew that this album would be nothing less than horrendous. The first track started up, and I was actually surprised. This album kicks off with the track 'Champion', and don't let the generic metalcore riffing fool you like it fooled me, this is far from a metalcore album. In fact, you only have to wait 2 minutes to be greeted with a rap verse where Ronnie breaks it down and "tells off the haters". How could they possible top that tight verse? A breakdown. This is what this band has become; a gimmick. The rap verses make them stand out from their peers, but their breakdowns show that they are no better than any other genericore band. Following this gem of a track is 'Bad Girls Club' and this is where I legitimately had to stop listening. It's synth pop that sounds like it was crafted by a 12 year old Japanese girl with a Yamaha. I'm at a loss for words as to why anyone would think this song would be a good idea. For me, it's the contender for worst song of the year.

Anyway, you're three songs in and you think to yourself, how could this get any worse? Well 'Rolling Stone' isn't as awful as the aforementioned track, but it's still pretty awful nonetheless. Riffing similar to the creative genius of Asking Alexandria, a poppy chorus, and guess what? Another rap verse. Guess what after that?! A breakdown. The sliver of creativity and potential that this band had shown on their debut is squashed at this point, and you can only pray that it doesn't get any worse. You're given a break with the title track, as it's just harmless pop-rock, but you're thrown right back into the dumpster once again when 'Alone' rolls along. Piss poor electronics, generic as it gets riffing, and breakdowns galore. Not to mention Radke's rap verses and intelligent lyricism such as lines like, "All I do is win; Charlie Sheen." 'Born To Lead' follows and it shows the band trying to incorporate more of a metalcore sound. This fails miserably, and after the ridiculously long and pointless solo, we are presented with another breakdown that sounds exactly the same as the ones we've heard before. Are you noticing a pattern yet? Trying to be heavy, electronic song, trying to be heavy, pop-rock, electronic song. The album follows this pattern and every attempt is as poor and as awful as the last. With 'It's Over When It's Over', the band slows it down a bit, but it's still a poor attempt at pop-rock. 'Game Over' comes along and if you haven't contemplated suicide yet, this song will probably prompt you to pull the trigger. 8-bit sound effects, poor guitar riffs, and the same chorus that Ronnie has been singing this whole album. The pattern continues with another "trying to be heavy" track, and i'll be honest, 'Self-Destruct Personality' is the closest thing to heavy that this band has ever done. Well, that's what you think. Until Ronnie drops another rap verse on you. Jesus ***ing Christ what were they thinking? Oh, and yeah, there's a solo after that. Pretty good solo actually. But it loses all credibility cause it's followed by a breakdown.

'*** The Rest' is another pop-rock song, sounding like a Blink-182 b-side with worse lyrics and a more annoying vocalist. Ronnie even addresses that the song is for you... and your mother too. Then another great breakdown is thrown at us, with some weird glitch effect used to add to the junz. Can I give up yet? Anyway, 'Keep Holding On' is the homosexual anthem for the people who don't feel like they fit in, and Ronnie wants to be the man to help you through it by bragging about his success. There's another pretty good solo on this track but GUESS WHAT?! ANOTHER BREAKDOWN. The last track is a difficult one to describe. If I had to fit it into a genre, I would describe it as being pop-country, if that exists. It ends abruptly and let me tell you that I've never been happier to get through an album. There is not one redeemable quality to be found on this album, as everything about it is mediocre and just plain terrible. Stay far away from this at all costs and do not subject yourself to the torture that I endured this afternoon. Leave it alone, and maybe, just maybe, the band will *** off.

.01/5



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merpmerp
June 12th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Sorry about the track-by-track. The whole album couldn't be described as a whole, so it seemed fitting. Anyway album is dogshit, and if you really have to, it can be streamed here.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcZMZxR9uxC-1IoYsMYIy4_xOC3l_EgIV

DegausserGuernica24
June 12th 2013


1134 Comments


How do you give 0.5 ratings again?

jslavos
June 12th 2013


45 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

nice review man, sums up my feelings for this piece of crap.

merpmerp
June 12th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i'm pretty sure you have to write a review to give a 0.5

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2013


20077 Comments


not bad for being written in less than 15 minutes ;)

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merpmerp
June 12th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol how'd you know?

DegausserGuernica24
June 12th 2013


1134 Comments


I've already written a review, I'm wondering how I can have the authority to lower my 1-star review down to a 0.5-star review.

merpmerp
June 12th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

go to edit you review, and click where it says album rating. there should be an option to change to a 0.5

omgbecky
June 12th 2013


334 Comments


This was fun to read. I'm tempted to listen to this to see if it's as bad as you say. +

merpmerp
June 12th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I dare you.

VinesOvThorn
June 12th 2013


198 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Called it.

pepster50
June 12th 2013


335 Comments


terrible terrible band

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2013


28787 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fellas

whip yo dick out

whip whip yo dick out

indiana jones whip yo fuckin dick out

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2013


28787 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

u know some of it might seem strange, but don't think just obey

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2013


28787 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Then build a school, burn it down
Get on the floor and do it now
Fuck a house, eat a shoe, all because we told you to

So raise your glass, then break the glass
Then stomp your bare feet on the glass
Champagne perks, popping mollies

Middle fingers up, now chop ‘em off

wacknizzle
June 12th 2013


13613 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Omfg this is horrendously awful. super jun pinch squeel wammy bend breakdowns and typical melodic metalcore riffs paired up against kindie pop choruses, random wumbstep bridges, and fly beats so Ronnie can go hard spit rhymes talkin shit. This is hot fucking garbage.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2013


22034 Comments


He isn't actually that bad of a rapper.

But some people need to learn the difference between something which defies genre labelling and
something made up of an awkward mash of different styles of music.

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merpmerp
June 12th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

his flow isn't that bad to be honest but his lyrics are godawful

YakNips
June 12th 2013


12837 Comments


Can I stop trying to make it through this and just 1 it?

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YakNips
June 12th 2013


12837 Comments


Oh god Bad Girls Club came on can I please stop?



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