The Rasmus
Dead Letters


4.5
superb

Review

by Till_Lindeman001 USER (6 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 56 replies | 9,588 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The four members of Helsinki's melodically rocking group The Rasmus formed the band in 1995 while still in high school because Finland's English music scene in their own words "sucked." Their debut, Peep, rapidly went gold in their homeland, making the members rock stars at the age of 16. They quickly recorded and released the follow-up, Playboys, which also went gold and earned the group an Emma, Finland's version of a Grammy. Their third album, Hell of a Tester, included "Liquid," a track that was voted Best Single of the Year by Finland's music critics. 2001's Into went double platinum in its native country, with its debut single, "F-F-F-Falling," going to the top of the charts. An international audience started to build, and the band toured throughout Europe. It paid off when 2003's Dead Letters climbed to number one in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

So here is the review of Dead Letters:

1) First Day of my Life

Gives a small taste of what is to come, distorted choruses and rolling bass under verses, vocals sound a little forced but still a catchy song. (3.5/5)

2) In the Shadows

If you live anywhere in Western Europe and haven't heard this song in the last year then you must have been living in a cave, first single off this album and frustratingly catchy. Simple song to play on guitar except for the power chords in the intro, I love this song but it's so radio friendly. (5/5)

3) Still Standing

More of the same fare, really catchy chorus of, "Can you stop the lies, falling from the sky, down on me, I'm still standing." Very similar to first track but the changes are an improvement. (4/5)

4) In my Life

This and the next song form the loudest, almost gothic element of the album, I don't like to call this gothic because the singer's voice doesn't fit this image, he sounds like he is still a little kid. Many different elements to this song, Gothic intro, Drumbeaten verses, Muse like chorus, back to Gothic post-chorus and bridge towards the end. (4.5/5)

5) Time to burn

Similar to last song, electronic intro before gothic guitars hit, bass rolls over verses to great effect, yet another catchy chorus, vocals are a little strained but still a solid song. (4/5)

6) Guilty

The forthcoming single in the UK and I can see why, REALLY catchy, I've been humming and singing this in various places for weeks now, similar to In the Shadows but even better. (5/5)

7) Not Like the Other Girls

The first ballad on the album and a great one at that, slower tempo as you would expect but it works really well. (4.5/5)

8)The One I Love

More catchy, radio friendly stuff that should have you humming in public places, louder than the other 5/5 songs but it's my favourite song on the album. (5/5)

9)Back in the Picture

The Rasmus try to make another single out of this song but sadly they are trying too hard, vocals are really streched and doesn't sound good. (3.5/5)

10) Funeral Song

The guitarist takes a rest here, not required at all, sounds like the singer is about to commit suicide, not a good song. (2/5)

That's the end of the normal album, the total marks are 41/50 but I would give this 4/5

On to the bonus tracks that appear on the UK edition:

11) F-F-F-Falling

Another catchy tune, off of their previous album Into. Really good song with a different rythym to the chorus, this is an upbeat, "let's party" style of song. (5/5)

12) If You Ever

Strange intro leads to acoustic first verse that fades into pop-rock chorus, typical pop-rock lyrics about leaving someone/being left etc. The outro is far too long to be effective and spoils the song (4/5)

13) What Ever

This song is nothing more than a catchy filler that hasn't had much attention, even the title has an error in it (should be one word) and yet more standard pop-rock stuff with a long outro. (4/5)

Overall the bonus tracks are rated at 13/15 and the extended album as a whole at 54/65 but I would raise the original 4 to a 4.5/5 simply due to the song F-F-F-Falling.



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br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 26th 2004



2125 Comments


ugh, I hate this band. Fairly good review though.

Damrod
Moderator
June 26th 2004



1093 Comments


Problem with catchy songs is, that they bore fast. The band and their material is ok, but not overly my favorite.

I would give it a 2.5 -3/5.

Lowridenn
June 26th 2004



1 Comments


A killer album. Nive review I agree fairly wholeheartedly.

Theo
June 26th 2004



84 Comments


This band ain't bad, but they're nowhere near goth music. They're pop, just like uhm...Roxette.
For real "gothic" sound from Finland, check out HIM.
Nice review.

Bartender
Emeritus
June 26th 2004



826 Comments


Another rather good review (a bit short for my liking, but then I like over-long reviews), but I can't stand this band, or this album. They're just really awful, but like I said, good review.

NickyHIMfan
June 26th 2004



12 Comments


[QUOTE=Theo]This band ain't bad, but they're nowhere near goth music. They're pop, just like uhm...Roxette.
For real "gothic" sound from Finland, check out HIM.
Nice review.[/QUOTE]
Totally agree with you on that one.

In reply to the reviewer, I thought 'Funeral Song' was worth more than 2/5, it's quite a good song.

InMyPlace
June 26th 2004



11 Comments


Nice Review:thumb: But I can't stand Em :evil:

Till_Lindeman001
July 31st 2004



12 Comments


[QUOTE=Theo]This band ain't bad, but they're nowhere near goth music. They're pop, just like uhm...Roxette.
For real "gothic" sound from Finland, check out HIM.
Nice review.[/QUOTE]

I know, they really are just Pop-Rock but everywhere I see or read about them they are being described as Gothic so I just went with the flow! Plus judging by the queue at the concert at the Astoria, most of them were in Gothic dress, some (including me) went to the trouble of dying their hair black, putting feathers in it and casually walking down Oxford Street to the venue!

Till_Lindeman001
July 31st 2004



12 Comments


[QUOTE=Kif]You have guts, I'll give you that.

I can honestly say I hate the Rasmus. I find their unoriginal lyrics and plain riffs boring and in some ways annoying. And his voice just pisses me off a lot.

I'm sorry, but based on the 2 radio singles I've heard (Could be wrong, radio singles aren't usually good anyway), I will give it 2/10[/QUOTE]

Fair enough, they are a Love 'em or hate' em band and judging by the replies I got, most people hate 'em! The frustrating thing is that they aren't normally my type of music (I'm more into Rammstein, Metallica, Maiden etc.) but something caught me and I've liked them ever since.

hybridofsound
July 31st 2004



131 Comments


I've only heard In The Shadows. It's an alright song but it sounds and looks like they are trying to be AFI to me :confused:

BillCosby
July 31st 2004



21 Comments


I am ashamed of Finland for producing this band.

Good job on the review, even though I don't agree with it.

beaze
July 31st 2004



6 Comments


I think the whole vibne around this review is that it is an awsome review but a f.ucken **** band. but evryone had there likings. I have only herd in the shadow's and I think that its a catchy song but yer, just not my thing I guess.

beaze
July 31st 2004



6 Comments


I think the whole vibe around this review is that it is an awsome review but a f.ucken **** band. but evryone had there likings. I have only herd in the shadow's and I think that its a catchy song but yer, just not my thing I guess.

Till_Lindeman001
August 1st 2004



12 Comments


[QUOTE=beaze]I think the whole vibe around this review is that it is an awsome review but a f.ucken **** band. but evryone had there likings. I have only herd in the shadow's and I think that its a catchy song but yer, just not my thing I guess. [/QUOTE]

That's fair enough, it's not all the same but at the same time it's not all that much different if that makes sense :confused:

Sheryl
August 4th 2004



1 Comments


[QUOTE=Theo]This band ain't bad, but they're nowhere near goth music. They're pop, just like uhm...Roxette.
For real "gothic" sound from Finland, check out HIM.
Nice review.[/QUOTE]

I don't agree with the HIM thing, for real "gothic" sound from Finland check out Nightwish.

I like The Rasmus, but I think they sold out, there old albums were so much better than this one.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 9th 2004



2125 Comments


Pretty decent work (despite my hatred for this band). This review has already been done though, so it should have been posted in the review thread. Just make sure you check next time you write a review :thumb:

Bartender
Emeritus
August 9th 2004



826 Comments


Yeah, it's a shame you didn't check, as that was a decent review. Threads merged.

Bexi
August 15th 2004



1 Comments


yep fpr finnish goth.....nightwish

JillRob666
August 28th 2004



1 Comments


Has anyone actually bought the album Dead Letters and listened to it? If so you will know that it is brilliant. I have to be fair their first album Peep sounded more pop than Busted but they still sound good and are fantastic live.

The Crow
August 28th 2004



6 Comments


nightwish arent goth.end of story.



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