Sound — 5
Ronnie Radke returns to the world of music with his new band Falling In Reverse', who have just released their debut album, The Drug In Me Is You. If you were expecting something similar to Radke's former band Escape The Fate, you're bound to be dissapointed. This album has no similarities to Radke's earlier project, a strange blend of post hardcore riffs, clich'd lyrics, and an even stranger presence of pop elements in most songs. Although most people would celebrate Radke's decision to move forward in a direction separate from Escape the Fate, this album is not neccasarily something to celebrate. The aforementioned presence of pop elements brings the entire album down. A song may sound good to begin with, such as Raised By Wolves', but it ultimatley falls during the chorus. After a while it becomes immensley confusing, almost as if you're listening to two completely different bands. One is the occasionaly heavy, post hardcore band that is just below the threshold to be called good music, the other is something you'd expect to hear on the Disney Channel. The guitars however, show surprising skill and a whole load of potential, but they are always overruled by Radke's singing. Whenever there's a hint of good guitar skill, whether it is a solo or a riff, it is thrown aside by the singing.
Lyrics — 4
None of the lyrics are particuarly different or original. Whilst listening to it it's incredibly easy to predict the next line, purely due to the lyric's simplicity and how clich they ultimatley are. One song on the album that does manage to meld the pop and post hardcore singing is the epynomous track, The Drug In Me Is You'. Although the chorus is pop and clich'd, on a whole the song is surprisingly catchy, with some half-decent lyrics during the verses, proving the Radke has it in him to increase the quality of the lyrics but for some reason has failed to do so on the other songs.
Overall Impression — 5
In general, the album fails to break any new ground, and whilst there are shining glimmers of potential hidden in the album, they are merely glimmers and have unfortunatley been extinguished by the abysmal blend of pop and metal. Another unfortunate memento is that the album appears to rely far too heavily on Radke's singing, which is the main fault of the album. If more of the band had larger chances to break into the spotlight, the album may have been more of a success, but as this is not the case, the album will not succeed. Despite all of this, I would like to commend Ronnie Radke on his return to the muscial world after all that he's been through.