Falling In Reverse - 'Coming Home' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 23, 2018    
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Falling In Reverse appear unable to mature at the same rate as their loyal, but slowly dwindling audience.

It's inescapable that Falling In Reverse are more infamous for the altercations and actions of their lead singer, Ronnie Radke, than they are famous for their music, something that must be a disappointment for a band now releasing their fourth album. However, it's a fact driven home by the man himself, an album purported to be a space-based concept piece would probably be more accurately titled 'It's All About Ronnie'. The crazy thing is, the more he protests otherwise, the more obvious it becomes that even if no one else is, Radke sure is talking about Radke.

Give or take the occasional space-age bleep or bloop, or a couple of song titles, the whole concept thing seems to have been a ruse; a gaggle of Pop-Alt-Rock-Metal lumbered with names like 'I Hate Everyone', 'I'm Bad At Life', 'Fuck You And All Your Friends' and so much faux teen angst that my daughters would be embarrassed listening to this "pity me, love me" guff – and they like the first FIR album!

What makes that such a missed opportunity is that by insisting that everyone is talking about him, people like me are doing exactly that and ignoring that the opening trio of 'Coming Home', 'Broken' and 'Loser' may just be the strongest one-two-three FIR have put together, while some of the guitar work from Christian Thompson is lethal enough to melt your face clean off.

It doesn't last though, 'Hanging On' sounds as though it was written by a Pop-by-numbers panel, while 'Straight To Hell' tries too hard to be the grown-up on an album filled with snot-nosed "attitude". Factor in two cringe-worthy bonus cuts, 'Right Now' and 'Paparazzi', which Katy Perry would have turned down for being too contrived, and even when you find reasons to suck 'Coming Home' and see, FIR do everything they can to make you spit it straight back out again.

There are some great moments here, but with skin-crawling, in places almost creepy lyrics throughout, and an approach that too often screams "this one's for the kids", the real concern is why Falling In Reverse appear unable to mature at the same rate as their loyal, but slowly dwindling audience.

Steven Reid

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