Falling Away Review

artist: Crossfade date: 08/24/2007 category: compact discs
Crossfade: Falling Away
Release Date: Aug 29, 2006
Label: Columbia
Genres: Post-Grunge
Number Of Tracks: 11
Crossfade's controlled rock aggression has remained intact, however, and their follow-up, Falling Away, is pretty much more of the same in all other respects, strained vocals, authoritative guitars, bashing drums, dismal atmosphere.
 Sound: 7
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 7
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overall: 9
Falling Away Reviewed by: FamousA, on august 24, 2007
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Sound: They aren't the same crossfade you heard a few years back. This album is indeed a lot more modern-sounding than the last. While though they changed they're style somewhat, this album provides a fenomenaly great sound. Yes, they dropped two former members that played a part in last album's success. But that wasn't enough to hang it up good. Ed Sloan (vocals, guitars) has an amzing ability to write music and project it into a lively sound. a lot of riffs were heard though-out the album, and a lot more lead was heard assisting the rythem guitar which departed this Crossfade that made Falling away from the Crossfade the made thier debut album. Although none of these tracks came in comparison to thier, probably, all-time greatest song "Cold", the album as a whole was a much better, self-infused album. // 10

Lyrics: It's obvious that Ed's been through many hard relationships and hard times as well. Some of the lyrics written here are a little angry, and some are uplifting and couragious. The lyrics written here as a whole weren't outstanding, but more so tolerable. They went well together with the sound of the music, but just doesn't cut it as some of the best poetry you ever heard. // 8

Overall Impression: Overall? A very good album that makes you dig down deep and really explore the real Crossfade that simply posed some of what was written from they're debut album and put in they're true music writing abilities. Very fluent and modern sounding. Some of the greats would have to be "Already Gone", "Someday", "Invinceable", "Falling Away", "Breathing Slowly" and whatevers left. This album is a great album. The lyrics seem to be a little under average and some of the riffs seem a little dead to the rest of the song. But I would buy it three or four times at least if something were to happen to it. I can't wait for the next album! // 9

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overall: 5
Falling Away Reviewed by: deadhand329, on august 13, 2007
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Sound: Crossfade, who had their breakout with their 2004 hit single "Cold", return with their sophomore effort. And, yes, it was an effort. The album is a huge departure from the rap/rock scene that Crossfade was floating in. Due largely to the loss of founding members Tony Byroads (vocals, turntables, sampling) and Brian Geiger (drums), the new album represents nothing that old Crossfade was. Crossfade was a band with enormous potential in the rap/rock scene, potential to be one of it's best acts (which isn't hard anymore since Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park seem a little washed up). However, now they have floated into the mainstream rock genre and have no chance of taking it over. // 4

Lyrics: Lyrics are overall uninspired. It sounds like lead singer Ed Sloan did a bad job trying to impersonate the lyrics of their self titled debut. Vocal work is phenomenal, however. which leads me to a disclaimer: Crossfade has fantastic musicians with huge potential. But that potential often goes unrealized because they fail to write music that compliments their talent. // 6

Overall Impression: Overall, Crossfade is washed up. When half the band left, the other half should have called it quits on a high note. However, they thought they could continue to prosper and with that mindset, they wrote "Falling Away" which vaguely reminds us of Crossfade but, in effect, really just reminds us that there is a better album to be listening to. The new album both alienates fans who loved the first album and fails to draw in new fans. So, with their sophomore slump behind them, will Crossfade call it quits or will they continue to flounder along at the bottom of mainstream rock? On behalf of Crossfade fans everywhere, I'm calling for a reunion. // 5

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