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Fangs

  • Reviewed by Andrea Dawn Goforth Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2009 31 Mar
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Fangs
Sounds like … The ambient/experimental rock sounds of The Mars Volta, The Future of Forestry and Deas Veil mixed with the post-hardcore drive of Anberlin. At a glance … Falling Up goes out of their comfort zone—and out of this world—with a spacey concept album that showcases their musical and lyrical creativity, but by the end may leave you spacing out. Track Listing A Colour Eoptian Lotus And The Languorous Streams Of Woe At Acheron Magician Reversed Golden Arrows The Kings Garden Panic And Geo-Primaries The Moon And Sixpence Goddess Of The Dayspring, Am I The Sidewinder Flux The Chilling Alpine Adventure Swimming Towards Propellers

Fangs brings together two loves of Falling Up's lead singer Jessy C. Ribordy: screenwriting and music. The entire album is based off of his yet to be picked-up screenplay. "It's a story about a hero traveling another planet as an ambassador," says Ribordy. "We get to see the world in front of him through his eyes."

There are indeed times when this concept album transports the listener to Ribordy's fictional planet.? From the start of the second track, "Lotus and the Languorous," the robotic vocal effects, layers of synthesizers, and ascending electronic blips create an other-world effect; almost like a rocked-out tribute to old classroom astronomy videos or Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles.?

The album maintains that ambient whirlwind until a very abrupt Kutless-type guitar riff kicks off track 8, "The Moon and Sixpence." It's a bit jarring, but the break in space rock doesn't last long. The band quickly returns to casting their unearthly vision. The one downside to the constant barrage of ambience (and the fact that every song is in a minor key) is that by the end of the disc, every song begins to blend together—it's hard to decipher one track from the next.?

For fans of fantasy storytelling, this album may be the musical equivalent to your Star Wars or Lord of the Rings DVD collection set. As the lyrics take us through the journey of this man in a new place, Falling Up confronts underlying concepts of spirituality like acceptance and the search for something more. "I realize now that when you use your imagination, you can find God even more than if you're just painting by the numbers as a songwriter," Ribordy says. "My journey into this world of fiction is very spiritual."

Not many bands attempt or have the desire to undertake a concept album, but from music to lyrics, Fangs hangs together. If looking for the old, more user-friendly version of Falling Up, this isn't the album. The band strays from riff-based songs and ends up squarely in the world of "experimental rock." Some fans may be turned off from this change while others will fall under its spell. Either way, Falling Up displays their ability to move in new directions and create a solid album.

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