Falling In Reverse's first album 'The Drug In Me Is You' is one of my most adored albums, it was a perfect introduction to a wonderful new hardcore band that really had something special. This second album was coming in with high expectations, last year Alternative Press named front man Radke 'Artist Of The Year,' now you don't get that much critical acclaim without being something truly special. Luckily, Radke and the boys that make up Falling In Reverse really are that good! Everything about this band screams sheer, powerful passion for what they do. This does come through in this album, 'Rolling Stone' and 'Born To Lead' are almost musical perfection - one listen of these songs and you will have the chorus stuck in your head all day. No one can deny just how much class this band has.
They also aren't afraid to do anything new. This band are well known for their furious vocals, so what do you do for your second album? You don't keep on doing that same thing, that would be too easy - instead you make up a whole new type of vocals that I have never heard before. Radke's screamo vocals are brilliant, some of the best in the business - but with this album he is also showing the world how he has been into rap since he was "Shitting in Pampers" and his rapping is on point too. Every now and then he combines the two into something that I have christened 'scrapping' and it is unexpectedly superb.
HOWEVER, and this is a big one hence the capitals, this album is quite simply the most inconsistent piece of music I have ever heard. I have already mentioned 'Rolling Stone' and 'Born To Lead' and about how they are both some of the best songs I have heard in a while. Well to balance that out 'Bad Girls Club' and 'Game Over' are two of the worst songs I have heard in a while. They are horrendously pop-rocky, now I am impartial to a good bit of catchy pop-rock yet these two horrendous efforts aren't catchy, they aren't fun to listen to and they just plain terrible.
This album is brilliant at times, yet it is also terrible. It confuses and baffles me to a ridiculous level. No doubt some of these songs will be on my list for best songs of the year, but some of them will also be on my list for worst song of the year.