Sound — 8
Falling up has gravitated towards guitar riffs in their sophomore album. Songs like 'Fearless', 'Moonit' and 'Searchlights' used dynamic guitar riffs with a lot more crunch than their first albm. I think that listeners will agree that the style has developed and matured from their first album into what was needed for the energy that flows from this album. The harder and more industrial sound apart from the poppier debut album has earned the energy mentioned. The synths seemed to displace a lot of the time as well as guitar drive in the intro of the songs. It seemed redundant in context of the dynamics of the album in songs such as 'Into The Gravity' and 'Conatct, where Keys and Synth led the songs. Though this was a change from the original album, the dynamic keyboards and synth find themselves defining the integrity of this album. The use of loops helped soften the feel for some of the songs and also halped direct a lot of the feeling that you can identify in the songs such as 'Moonlit', 'Exit Calypsan' and 'Marathons'. But al in al, the album's new and refined taste will appeal to a fan base that can appreciate the drive and intensifying sound of this album.
Lyrics — 6
Being a Christian band, the lyrics do have a meaning to them that has an intended integrity. But some of the integrity seems to be lost with broken sentences and lost hooks that Jesse uses in a lo tof songs. Given that you're Bible scholar and can coordinate the meanings of the lyrics with the corresponding Bible verses of each song, it would be easy to see and hear the meaning of the lyrics. But given the integrity and emotion of each song, those meanings (which may appear hidden) intensify and drive the integrity of the choruses as well as the entire songs. Such is the fact in songs like 'Exhibitions' and 'Lights of Reedsport'. I think that given the surrealism of the abstract lyrics, the words still have strong impact and relevance to the bands' integrity.
Overall Impression — 8
This album is definately what Falling Up fans will want in a sophomore album froma diverse and driven band. The lyrics do justice to their meaning and all is intensified by the amazing guitar parts and off-beat rhythm drums. Overall, this album is it's own identity, it's own entity and a different sound that fans of hard rock and ambient music will adore. And Christians can apreciate the bands' purpose as seen in the production and lyrics of this album.