Falling in Reverse
Just Like You



Release Date: 02/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now all the critics wanna hit it + shit-can how we did it...

The Drug in Me Is You, Falling in Reverse's debut, is only three and a half years old. In the short time since that album came out, I have come upon many, many reasons people seem to have for hating frontman Ronnie Radke and the music he puts out (since, in essence, Falling in Reverse is less of a band than it is a carefully crafted vehicle for keeping Radke's brand alive in rock music). To put this another way, despite the (extremely rare) flashes of genuine, innovative musicianship that flare up across Falling in Reverse's three album discography, this is simply not one of those bands that could continue with another lead vocalist. *winks*

With this in mind, I do think most of Radke's harshest critics take the wrong approach to examining Falling in Reverse, and Just Like You, which has been dubbed the spiritual successor to Escape the Fate's 2006 debut Dying Is Your Latest Fashion (hereinafter, "DILF"), presents an opportunity to level-set. DILF, oft-referenced in rose-tint as a source of nostalgia for those who were around to witness that particular album's chaotic aftermath, represents the origin of whatever credibility Radke has in this music scene, so calling reference to it so prominently (two songs on Just Like You are "sequels" to songs on DILF^) is either a relatively serious reputational claim to stake, or it's just marketing bullshit.

By way of context: The Drug in Me Is You is thematically an entire album (less a song or two) of Radke making fun of his shitty former bandmates and the vocalist who replaced him. When that began to get tiring, Fashionably Late felt like an attempt to draw on the few non-ETF elements of the band's debut by doubling-down on the irreverence.

The kicker here is that really any of the band's albums are fine successors in their own right (because the standard isn't actually as high as we've been led to believe). Just like DILF, each of Falling in Reverse's three albums are mostly forgettable, save for a few tracks that somehow get it right. And, just like on DILF, when Radke and four-time collaborator Elvis "Dumervil" Baskette do get it right, the outcome is nailed into your skull so prominently that all of the extraneous, maybe even well-grounded reasons for hating this shit melt away:

"There's No Sympathy for the Dead"
"Raised by Wolves"
"Fashionably Late"

So where are these moments on Just Like You" Lead single "God, If You Are Above…" is certainly the front-runner in my eyes. The song's fast pace provides the perfect showcase for Radke's vocal style, which feels very well-embedded here (among a ton of other noise layered on top of it). The value of a voice like his lies in its character, not its power. It's not one that stands well on its own, and frankly it doesn't need to; the best Falling in Reverse songs, with rare exception, are the ones where Ronnie sounds like he's struggling to keep up with the song's pace (the aforementioned "No Sympathy…" and "Raised by Wolves," along with the unabashedly fun "I'm Not a Vampire"), mainly because it showcases a range and cadence that ends up surprisingly effective. "Stay Away" and "Guillotine IV (The Final Chapter)" are both decent offerings in this respect, the harsh vocals on the latter notwithstanding. He's still not much of a screamer, which is why I kinda dug the rapping,^^ used here only in moderation (for an example, check out "Wait and See," a carbon-copy of "Alone" with a less-engaging lyrical themes).

The weakest songs on the album are, again, easily written-off as the band falling into familiar traps. "Sexy Drug" and "Just Like You" are both grating and embarrassing in the same way that "Bad Girls Club" and "Pick Up the Phone" were. "Brother," clearly a very personal exercise for Radke (or as personal as a song on this sort of release can be), falls flat in spectacular fashion. "Get Me Out" is... o.m.g., it's so bad lol.

Dying is Your Latest Fashion came out around eight and a half years ago. In the time since then, we've gotten six albums from an astonishing twenty-four (24!)^^^ different band members recording and releasing music under either Escape the Fate or Falling in Reverse. With the bands occupying this space constantly turning over (the names on the billing change but the Warped Tour venues stay the same) there's something to be said for notoriety. Personally, I find myself rooting for Radke. There is something compelling about the whole narrative of his career. I liked the catharsis underlying The Drug in Me is You, and I can't not smirk when I hear the title track of Fashionably Late. While it seems he has been burning through his DILF goodwill every day over the past three and a half years, I actually think he is doing something more important: He is fashioning himself into the "spiritual successor" of another polarizing, charismatic douchejuice frontman... one who similarly drew the ire of his critics and contemporaries alike, and one whose lyrics and delivery have been quoted for years, long after his listeners left behind the music that they dug in high school. He's basically Fred Durst for millennials.




^ "Guillotine IV (The Final Chapter)" is, as the title would suggest, the fourth "Guillotine" entry, with the preceding three appearing on Escape the Fate albums. "My Apocalypse II" appears on Just Like You as a bonus track, and is a sequel to the song of the same name on Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
^^ I would maintain that the best Radke rap happened on Deuce's Nine Lives ("Nobody Likes Me")
^^^ per Wikipedia




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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2015


18204 Comments


only you, acad

Digging: Nina Simone - Wild is the Wind

oisincoleman64
February 21st 2015


2234 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Get Me Out was the only song I thought was really good... well until the breakdown

Ponton
Emeritus
February 21st 2015


6366 Comments


Jesus Christ we finally have john Lennon on staff

Ponton
Emeritus
February 21st 2015


6366 Comments


You write so well

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2015


31393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

thx bud much love

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 21st 2015


28715 Comments


OMG an acad review someone pinch me

This is beautiful work

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BlackLlama
February 21st 2015


2177 Comments


I dig it. Band get's too much auto-hate around here.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2015


22486 Comments


I reckon a few users would have thought this was going to be me when they saw this album on the front page.

Ironically, I saw Escape the Fate live yesterday... & passed up seeing falling In Reverse today.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2015


31393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

did they play the same size venue? just curious

AnimalsAsSummit
February 22nd 2015


3589 Comments


wow a woman's groin wearing short shorts and a belt that is just ripped off of rolling stones' logo with no aesthetic whatsoever. my expectations are that this will suck

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2015


31393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

i dont get why everybody keeps talking about the album cover. in both of the previous review threads and the soundoffs everyone seems to be making such a big fuss.



like do u guys not understand that its this:



http://www.amiright.com/album-covers/images/album_Motley-Crue-Too-Fast-for-Love.jpg

MuhNamesTyler
February 22nd 2015


6469 Comments


It bugs me that you don't put the Y in your Dying Is Your Latest Fashion acronym haha. Really nice review though, felt like you covered a lot of ground

AnimalsAsSummit
February 22nd 2015


3589 Comments


o ok so they copied off of motley crue or "paid homage", so to speak (if paying homage means taking something and making it sterile and lifeless), to make up for the lack of any emotion, mood, etc. that the music could have

like the motley crue album cover screams "premium 80s hair metal"; this screams "its 2015 and we're out of ideas.... also middle school girls are hot"

idk dude thats jst me, its like they purposely wanted to water this down

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2015


22486 Comments


"did they play the same size venue? just curious"

It's a 2 day festival, with the 2 bands scheduled on different days. They have very similar set-times (early evening) on the same stage though, so were kinda treated as equals in that sense.

They also have a festival sideshow that they are both playing TOGETHER. It's called the "Bury the Hatchet" tour... Falling In Reverse are listed first, even if both bands look to get roughly the same amount of time.

trackbytrackreviews
February 22nd 2015


3369 Comments


""My Apocalypse II" appears on Just Like You as a bonus track"

Damn I gotta check this out

Luminara
February 22nd 2015


171 Comments


Ahaha, "DILF"
That was good :p

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2015


22486 Comments


Oh and you guys just reminded me that the comparison between the 2 bands on overseas tours is a bit null & void. FiR haven't been able to tour Australia as Radke couldn't get a visa.

Tunaboy45
February 22nd 2015


16597 Comments


I was hoping this review would be in Italian or something

RadicalEd
February 22nd 2015


9405 Comments


Glorious writing skills wasted on an album that judging from the few things I actually heard is completely unlistenable.

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Aftertheascension
February 22nd 2015


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is irrelevant



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