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4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

WMcClusky'42 ,

A Little Too Weird for Some

Some would say this is Falling Up's best work, for others it is the worst. Up to this point it may have been their most incomprehesible and certainly the most unconventional. The album is inceredibly progressive, both musically and content-wise, for the Christian radio audience targeted by Falling Up's recording label. A cautious recommendation would be to listen well before buying. It is not a personal favorite, though there are a number of worthwhile tracks. Overall, it can be likened to a protoype: not wholly successful or accepted but built upon as a model for the future. Falling Up's next releases would finally hit the precious balance of creativity, beauty and success.

As it stands, it was ahead of its time and perhaps a jump off the deep end, even for a blossoming experimental band like Falling Up. Fangs! is a full fledged concept album and does not fit the compositional or topical mold of radio music. It requires adjusted listening, even from long-time Falling Up fans. Songs do not follow standard forms; there are many unusual sounds and vocal effects, sometimes to the point of being dissonant. Do not expect the lyrics to make sense without knowing the plot of the story; and even then it is not usually clear.

In terms of artistry, Fangs! must be close to unique in the market it was released. Musically, there are some very good moments. "Golden Arrows" is particularly fascinating, especially in the latter half of the song. It has some very strong rock with tragic guitar and vocal accents. "Goddess of the Dayspring, I Am" is also appealing and provides interesting guitar work, varied tempo and timing. The end of the song contains a mash of drum devolution which seems a little unnecessary. "Streams of Woe at Archeron" was the only song to receive airplay as it is the most radio-friendly song of any on the album. It follows that it is the most cohesive and melodic number also.

Jordy McAwesome ,

Unique

It’s such a beautiful story woven into the song lyrics, and it’s so much more different than anything else I’ve heard!

A fried moose ,

Absolute favorite

Unique & transformative, relaxing, epic (as in epic poetry), almost hypnotic, mysterious yet driven; lovely and yet somehow fierce. Timeless. Reminds me of classical genius (Beethoven’s 5th) meets modern instrumentation.

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