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Falling Up - Fangs! Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 8
Production 8.5
Creativity 8.75
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 7
Final Verdict: 80%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.5
Musicianship 7.3
Lyrics 8.1
Production 8.1
Creativity 7.85
Lasting Value 6.3
Reviewer Tilt 7.3
Average: 75%
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Falling Up - Fangs!

Reviewed by: xtianheadbanger (04/30/09)
Falling Up Fangs!
Record Label: BEC Records
Release Date: March 24, 2009

Falling Up are unpredictable. With Crashings, they produced entertaining modern rock. Following that was the disappointing Exit Lights, which drifted away from the modern rock and towards the experimental. I dismissed the band until I heard Captiva, which re-enamored me with the band by displaying a combination of the best elements of their previous two efforts. After only two years now is Fangs!,and it is one of Falling Up’s best to date, representing a trend toward the even more experimental for Jesse Ribordy and band.

First, Fangs! is a concept album. The story is about an astronaut who travels to a foreign planet, running away from his home. He finds himself taken deep beneath the ocean and taught a multitude of things about people and their nature. With these albums, one worries about the story and how it may lead the artist to compromise on the music to make the story, or perhaps that the artist will simply forget to make a good music or a good story, but Falling Up delivers.

The album opens with a group chorus on “A Colour Etopian.” The song is one of the hardest on the record. “Lotus and the Languorous” displays the more electronic side of Falling Up. Following that is the highlight “Streams of Woe at Acheron,” which is one of my favorite Falling Up tracks of all time. From the crunching guitars to the towering vocals, the song keeps me glued to the headphones from beginning to end. Fangs slows down with “The Magician Reversed” but picks up with “Golden Arrows,” only to slow down completely with “The King’s Garden.” Many of these songs feature eerie choruses and references to golden arrows, referring to a dream Ribordy had many years ago. “Panic and the Geo-Primaries” throws back to “Arc to Archtilles,” featuring many of the same lyrics and melodies. Fangs! continues, taking the character into the intrigue of the King’s court under the sea, only to be thrown out and eventually reach the surface.

Fangs! is very well done. The album is crisp in production. Ribordy’s vocals soar throughout the album, which shows his continual evolution. Though very experimental and soft, the guitars slam throughout the album, as in “The Moon and Sixpence.” Josh Shroy drives these harder songs, but additionally his drums sound interesting combinations on the slower songs. The lyrics may seem strange, but this stems from Ribordy’s readings of Greek and other cultures’ mythologies, producing a story unlike any other. Actually, the lyrics are at many points are quite beautiful.

To conclude, Fangs! is excellent. For those looking for Crashings part two, look elsewhere. Even those looking for anything the band has done before might want to look elsewhere. This album is unlike anything Falling Up has ever done, but to anyone liking the direction Captiva took the band into, I wholly recommend Fangs! Though very experimental, the story is intriguing as are the references to ancient mythology.

Recommended If You LikeGreek Mythology; Captiva; Future of Forestry


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09:17 PM on 05/06/09
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If I were to just get a couple of tracks off of itunes which would you recommend? I'm definitely planning on getting Streams of Woe at Acheron and Goddes of the Dayspring, but I just don't know if I will get my money's worth when listening to an album like this (concept wise).
09:34 PM on 05/06/09
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i couldn't get into this album. the songs get pretty boring after a few listens imo. good review though
08:52 PM on 05/07/09
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Yeh definitely get Streams of Woe at Acheron. Wow. Uh I would also get The Chilling Alpine Adventure, Golden Arrows and Magician Reversed. I would hate for you get them and hate em. :/. The burden of being a reviewer I suppose.
08:52 PM on 05/07/09
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i couldn't get into this album. the songs get pretty boring after a few listens imo. good review though
I love how you commented on both my reviews. Thanks much :].
09:34 AM on 05/09/09
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You forgot Dawn Escapes, which was a great album.
11:51 AM on 05/12/09
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This band seems to reinvent it's sound nearly every album.

For me, Fangs is good but not great - maybe 70-75%. Still, I do enjoy it. I don't think they've put out their best record yet. Should they continue in this style, I think they're capable of making an awesome album.
10:48 AM on 05/13/09
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This band seems to reinvent it's sound nearly every album.

For me, Fangs is good but not great - maybe 70-75%. Still, I do enjoy it. I don't think they've put out their best record yet. Should they continue in this style, I think they're capable of making an awesome album.
I agree with you. I think Captiva was their best so far, and that was great. To see them surpass that would be awesome.
08:03 PM on 08/03/09
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Thanks for the review. I'm sorry to hear that you dismissed Falling Up between Exit Lights and Captiva. I think Dawn Escapes might have been their best mix of rock and experimental elements.
02:26 AM on 08/08/09
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You forgot Dawn Escapes, which was a great album.
Dawn Escapes is my fav :)

And I think this album is real good...but it has that Falling Up-itis. The songs are good but all sound the same.
07:50 PM on 02/23/10
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The more I listen to this, the more I feel that this is their best album. The most diverse sounding, and I think they owed so much of that to the production by Casey Crescenzo.
04:33 PM on 09/27/10
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Sorry, but creativity should have gotten a 10 on this one. You'd be very hard pressed to find a better effort, creatively that is. It's an excellent story and it translates into very original songs.
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