Falling in Reverse
Just Like You


2.5
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Review

by Insurrection USER (113 Reviews)
February 20th, 2015 | 85 replies


Release Date: 02/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As long as Ronnie Radke is the ringleader, it’s hard to imagine Falling in Reverse getting much better than this.

Falling in Reverse has all the ingredients necessary to make a truly detestable band. Self-aware douchebag of a frontman" Check. Abominable sophomore slump rivaled only by the likes of Midheaven and its ilk" Check. Generic instrumentation topped with an amateur vocal performance and laughably childish lyrics" Check, check, check. After a promising debut, Fashionably Late failed to deliver on so many levels and suggested that Falling in Reverse were little more than a superficial, tactless group doing its damnedest to piss off its listeners. A quick glance at Just Like You’s album art would reinforce that opinion. However, the band’s third album isn’t nearly as brazen (read: stupid) as its art suggests – bar a few songs – and, in fact, sees the band reach the mature realization that there’s a time to be silly and a time to be serious. Tracks are easily dividable into distinct categories, “catchy post-hardcore” and “hormonal electro-pop angst,” almost by their names alone. The lines between the nonsensical and the genuine are far more distinguished on Just Like You, which makes for an unpredictable yet consistent(ly bizarre) listen.

There’s no doubt that Falling in Reverse can write enjoyable, poppy ear candy when they want to. The first two tracks demonstrate this immediately with their accessible leads and infectious choruses, while cuts like ‘Guillotine IV (The Final Chapter)’ and ‘Die for You’ show off the band’s aggressive side. Guitar chugs are mimicked on the bass drums resulting in machine gun-like riffs and breakdowns. The guitar work as a whole is admirable and draws comparisons to Avenged Sevenfold’s heavier days, with a healthy balance between harmonized leads, power chord driven choruses and wild shredding solos.

The key element here is Ronnie Radke: He has the same hollow screams and whiny cleans as before, but as obnoxious as he may be, the man knows how to get a chorus stuck in your head. It’s this skill that allows the good tracks to shine and the bad tracks to reek of self-absorbed drivel. ‘Sexy Drug’ and ‘Just Like You’ have about as much substance and subtlety as the album cover does, the latter containing these deplorable lyrics: “I am aware that I am an asshole, I really don’t care about all of that though, I got nothing to prove, but honestly I’m just like you.” Terrible; and for someone who really doesn’t care about his image, Ronnie sure brings it up a lot.

The stretch of tracks near the end is where things get confusing. After the cheeky ‘Get Me Out’ and the abrasive ‘Die for You’, the band slows things down with ‘Brother’ – a piano ballad dedicated to Ronnie’s brother Anthony Radke who was taken in a tragic car accident. It contains tender and sincere lyrics for a change, which provides stark contrast to the frivolousness of its preceding tracks and brings a welcome sense of humanity to the album.

So aside from the odd cringe-inducing rap passage and the odious “O – M – G”s, Just Like You remains a largely listenable album. It polishes the novelty factor of the band’s debut and the silliness of Fashionably Late and draws a clear line between the two styles, resulting in some of their most focused and fun songs to date. Regardless, Ronnie Radke still serves as the band’s erratic puppeteer, basking in his own insecurities and angst, forcing the other members to dance to his tune. As long as he’s the ringleader, it’s hard to imagine Falling in Reverse getting much better than this.

Recommended Tracks:
Chemical Prisoner
God, If You Are Above…
Guillotine IV (The Final Chapter)
Die for You



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Insurrection
February 20th 2015


24729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the only logical thing to review after beethoven



stream: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcZMZxR9uxC-9CFSIp3NxM3Bf-tgBeaQU

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Jasdevi087
February 20th 2015


5490 Comments


Damn, that good huh?

Jasdevi087
February 20th 2015


5490 Comments


I refuse to believe that this is that good.

Oh yeah, good review n' stuff tho.

Green Baron
February 20th 2015


24465 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Surprised that some of the songs here don't suck.



But when it does, oh boy...

BMDrummer
February 20th 2015


14495 Comments


hmm

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2015


56542 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the guitar solos are so lol

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Spec
February 20th 2015


35669 Comments


Still honestly curious to hear this. The one song I heard was pretty bad though.

RadicalEd
February 20th 2015


9510 Comments


Why are you doing this to yourself.

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SomeGuyDude
February 20th 2015


374 Comments


Super minor quibble and I hate to do it but whenever I see people going out of their way to use words like "tertiary" I have to mention it: "tertiary" doesn't mean third in sequence, it means third in rank or level. This it the band's THIRD album, not its tertiary album.

Primary -> secondary -> tertiary. If you wouldn't call their last album their "secondary" album, then this isn't the tertiary.

Insurrection
February 20th 2015


24729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

fix'd ty Someguydude

MuhNamesTyler
February 20th 2015


6516 Comments


Honestly the title track makes me feel bad for even liking DIYLF, so horrible

Tunaboy45
February 20th 2015


16734 Comments


I like the tasteful artwork

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LunaticSoul
February 20th 2015


1170 Comments


I don't know why with all the discs that exist in the world you guys have to bear through 40 mins of radke's whines and bad electro-hardcore just to state that "it sucks".



henryChinaski
February 20th 2015


4163 Comments


I like the tasteful artwork [2]

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ShadowRemains
February 20th 2015


25007 Comments


i bet she has a dick

MattTD
February 20th 2015


678 Comments


More like Farting In Reverse amirite guys

henryChinaski
February 20th 2015


4163 Comments


Farting In Reverse is the best one so far.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2015


15254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Jesus, this album is actually surprisingly audible. I detest this band, but there's some okay stuff on this.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2015


15254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Also, don't you mean "Chemical Prisoner", INS and not "Chemical Love"?

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2015


15254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fantastic, unbiased review by the way INS. Really enjoyed reading it.



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