Review Summary: A pop influenced Dying is Your Latest Fashion that is enjoyable from start to finish.0 of 7 thought this review was well written
It has been two years since we’ve heard the likes of Ronnie Radke, former lead vocalist of Escape the Fate. The debut record titled “Dying is your Latest Fashion” hit the scene and immediately and attracted many fans from the get go. After time spent in Nevada Sate Penitentiary Ronnie Radke returned with his new band Falling in Reverse. In my opinion it, is not impossible to conceive that two years away from music can change a persons tastes and interests, hence why this album is noticeably different to the latter. Lets start with the track by track.
Raised by Wolves- The opener for the album, Raised by Wolves sets the bar for the rest of the record. Led in by quiet whispering of Ronnie accompanied by guitar work, we’re hit with what Falling in Reverse should be defined by. A catchy chorus and good use of a synthesiser, clever versus and direct stabs at he’s former band with such lines as “This war is mine“. Raised by wolves is definitely one of the best songs on the album. Topped off with a hard hitting breakdown, we are left waiting for the next track to impress.
Tragic Magic- Taking a creepy piano driven sound on the next track, Tragic Magic is in a nutshell a bit of a back story for the lead singer. By no means a bad song, however, after such a good opener, one can’t help but feel like this song takes a step down from Raised by Wolves. Another song taking stabs at Escape the Fate but focusing more on direct insults particularly to the current vocalist Craig Mabbitt. A memorable breakdown towards the end of the song led in by “La la lalala”. Some might call that small minded song writing, but it didn’t really phase me that much since it goes with the overall sound of the song. Finished with a layered mix of the chorus, the lyrics of the breakdown and the “La la lalala’s”, the song does good, but not as good as the aforementioned track.
The Drug in me is You- The title track and the obvious fan favourite, The Drug in me is You is most likely going to be compared with The Situations, the poppy, clean sung, catchy chorus song of the album. Another one of the best songs on the record with excellent replay value as well as the first hint at the efforts of Jacky Vincent’s solo work, which is a great addition to a lot of the songs. There’s not much more to say about it. Great song, one of the favourites, moving on.
I’m not a Vampire- The second of the poppy songs and another fan favourite, I’m not a Vampire makes excellent use of the keyboard with instrumentals that flow along perfectly, particularly the drum work. We hear another solo from Jacky that yet again makes an impact. The guitar work and lyrics are well written and the song has a music video that matches the darker themed song perfectly.
Good Girls, Bad Guys- Five songs in we come to Good Girls, Bad Guys, a song that is going to be love or hate for a lot of people. Definitely in my top three songs. Probably the second catchiest song under The Drug in me is You, the song has you singing along by the time the second chorus comes. The only real negative thing I can say about the song is that the solo isn’t as good as the others we’ve seen thus far, still good, just not as good. Nonetheless, one of the best songs.
Pick up the Phone- Just about halfway through the record, Pick up the Phone is one of the most clever, well written songs on the track list. A bass line that highlights the song in its entirety, and a rap section halfway through each verse which is a nice change of pace and while the solo is good, by this time I can’t help but feel that they have been used a little too much, or more so, in songs one after the other since track three. Still a great song, with another catchy chorus.
Don’t Mess with Ouija Boards- The first of the three heavy songs, and one of the best. The harsh vocals are nothing short of awesome, the high screams by Ronnie are one things he can do very well. Circle pit worthy instrumentals halfway through the song followed by a mid song solo, which we haven’t seen yet although the end is definitely my favourite part. We see the high screams take a complete upside down turn to completely brutal low growls, probably the best lows on the record that fade out, ending the song well leading directly onto the next.
Sink or Swim- Brace for impact explains the eighth song to a tee. Half verse singing, driven by the lead guitar that just makes it sweeter. The second half of each verse is screamed well with a chorus accompanied by sweeping guitar work that leads straight back into a second verse. The song slows down just after halfway, the instruments drop and Ronnie takes the song head first with some of the best vocal work on the album. Probably the song that I’d like to see most live.
Caught Like a Fly- A well placed carnival themed song that lets us calm down for a minute before the last of the heavy songs. Despite the unique sound, Caught Like a Fly is again, one of the best songs you’ll listen to by Falling in Reverse. We see a well missed solo that really shows off what Jacky does best, finally slowing down with some piano before the final chorus. One of the most memorable songs without a doubt.
Goodbye Graceful- After the slow song, we are thrown straight back into the heavy side of Falling in Reverse. Goodbye Graceful has the basic song structure of a metal core song; Scream, chorus, scream, chorus, solo, chorus, although somewhat putting its own bits and pieces into the mix. The instrumentals are nothing to complain about and the solo is one of the fastest yet, followed with sweeping guitar work before the final chorus. The song is finished with a screaming verse repeated and layered with the same sweeping guitar. This is a song that a lot of people are going to like.
The Westerner- The final track, The Westerner is basically a summary of Ronnie Radkes life. Even though it’s the last song, it still punches well above its weight with the chorus being one of the best. The solo is average and leads straight into the most powerful of the chorus’ seen throughout the song. All in all, an excellent way to end the album leaving listeners impressed at what Falling in Reverse has brought to the table.
In conclusion, Falling in Reverse has made an impact with their debut record. A pop influenced Dying is your Latest Fashion that is enjoyable from start to finish with few flaws or negative aspects to point out. Here’s hoping that their next release is equally impressive. A great effort from each member of the band.