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All Artists: Falling Up
Title: Fangs!
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bec Recordings / Emd
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 3/24/2009
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal, Christian
Styles: Pop & Contemporary, Hard Rock & Metal, Rock & Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 400000014005, 5099924313827

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Weirdly wonderful!!
Nse Ette | Lagos, Nigeria | 03/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Falling Up are a Christian Alternative rock quartet and their fourth studio album "Fangs!" is like nothing else on the Christian music scene, a linchpin on the scene. Sounding in part like stuff by REM, Radiohead, or even Prog Rock duo The Mars Volta, theirs is a very experimental, atmospheric sound.

The album apparently revolves about a concept, it is an account and summary of chapters 1-5 from the book "Fangs!" adapted from the original screenplay "Neptuenn's Cavern" by lead vocalist Jessy Ribordy. Here is an excerpt of the story: In a land not unlike our own, a city witnessed a strange occurrence- the cloth that the children slept in was weaved in poison golden thread. If the thread had touched the children's skin for much longer, they would be sure to fall into a deep sleep and never wake up. The city spared no time as they hoped to rid of the threads as soon as possible. In their plans, they tied up the threads in a large shoot and attached one thousand arrows on strings to the end of the shoot. Then, with a thousand of their strongest archers, they shot the poison threads up, up, up towards the nearest planet Neptuenn.

A thousand years later...

Screams in the night- The city wakes to find their poor innocent children stuck deep with sharp golden arrows. All of the children lay silently with great arrows sticking out of their bodies. The people assume there must have been poison on the tips of the arrows and in the cities most desperate attempt to find those responsible for this atrocity, they sent out their most ambitious traveler and drifter to search the land. He is an adventurer, he is the hero. But as his attempts to find any answers while traveling the land had failed, he received word from the city that he must board a space craft at the space station Forum A, located on Eoption Island to blast off to the nearest planet Neptuenn. As the first from his planet to journey to this mysterious Neptuenn, he departs in a zealous quest to search for the answer to this great riddle and find help for the sleeping children.

I know, all that passed way over my head too, so I'll head into the music.

Every track has a haunting, ambient, highly melodic feel, from the opening trio of rockers, the frenetic "A colour Eoptian" (with nice chanted chorus), the bubbly "Lotus and the languorous", and the heavier, fuzzy "Streams Of Woe At Acheron".

The ballad "magician reversed" finds Ribordy's tenor voice soaring effortlessly above an ambient backdrop with sixties-sounding harmonies and a clattery percussion-filled coda. Also dense and ambient is "Golden arrows". "The king's garden" is a more stripped acoustic ballad, with layered harmonies, sounding like something by the Fleet Foxes. "Panic and geo-primaries" is a jangly, echoing ballad with a stunning keyboard/percussion pattern.

This is an album of standouts, really from the ballad "The moonn and sixpence", the Punked up "Goddess of the dayspring, am I" (with a nice chiming guitar break and tempo shifts), the dreamy guitar ballad "The sidewinder flux", the eerie sounding ballad "The chilling Alpine adventure", and the spare tender lullaby-like "Swimming towards propellers" with unsettling sounding strings and swirls. Every instrument, lyric and vocal nuance revolves around this world of fiction and fantasy.

A fantastic and magical musical adventure!"
Falling Up [Fangs]
Kevin R. Davis | Perkasie, PA | 03/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Falling Up returns with their 4th full length album, "Fangs", a mystical concept record telling a story of hope. Years in the works, Falling Up has brought to life a lush musical journey that began as story penned by lead singer Jessy Ribordy. Heros & villains, good and evil, trials and tribulation. "The story of our hero begins as he crash lands into a great sea on this mystic planet called Neptuenn. We follow along on his quest as he embarks to discover the history of the planet, and just like anytime one travels to a distant land, he is shocked to notice just how strange the place that he comes from really is." This album, along with the introduction, is an account and summary of chapters 1-5 from the book "Fangs!" adapted from the original screenplay "Neptuenn's Cavern" by Jessy Ribordy.

This is unlike any Christian release I've ever heard and it is a truly brilliant musical journey. I've enjoyed previous hit songs by Falling Up including "Flights", "Contact", "Exit Calypsan" and "Hotel Aquarium". If you liked those songs, you won't be disappointed with the stand-out songs on "Fangs" which for me are the first 3 songs "The Colour Eoptian", "Lotus And The Langourous" and "Streams Of Woe At Acheron". Those 3 songs set the stage for the concept of the album, which is unique and fictional. The music and Jessy's singing voice blend perfectly with the synth-rock sound of Falling Up, musically more like the "Exit Lights" remix album. I've already listened to the song "Lotus And The Langourous" over a dozen times, and it is my favorite new rock song of the year. There is nothing offensive in the song lyrics although they are obscure. The album reminds me of last year's stand-out album "With Arrows, With Poise" by The Myriad, including more arrow references in "Golden Arrows" and "The Kings Garden", part of a mellow middle section of the album which continues until the rock kicks into high gear with the guitar intro on "The Moon And Sixpence". The album closes with 4 more story songs, including more references to the "golden arrows" in "Goddess of the Dayspring, Am I", and "Swimming Toward Propellers".

If you like praise and worship or lyrics that you can immediately identify with, this album is not for you. If you like alternative rock like The Myriad, Anberlin and Radiohead, then this concept album is for you."
4.5 Stars . . . More Bite than Expected
Eric Wilson | Nashville, TN United States | 05/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The complaint most often heard about this album is that it is softer, less rock-oriented, and an extreme departure from Falling Up's earlier albums. Two of these reasons are what I like about it, and I disagree with the other reason.

From the beginning, Falling Up has shown a rare ability to mix rock and progressive sounds. They've been artistic and melodic, but, in some opinions, also hard-edged. For me, the hard edge was a bit forced, and the lead vocals sounded more like Michael W. Smith trying to be in grunge band. I just couldn't get into the music, no matter how hard I tried, and despite the raves of some trusted friends.

On a whim, I picked up a copy of "Fangs!" from the library, my expectations low, my hopes dim. Imagine my surprise when I fell in love with this album on the first listen. Was this the same band? What happened? I popped it back in to listen to again. The hard sounds are still there, but less forced and more integral to the meaning of this musical fantasy/allegory. The lyrics are poetic and thought-provoking. The soundscape provides fitting imagery.

If this is the creativity that was always bubbling under the surface of Falling Up--and I suspect it was--then they have won over a listener who was ambivalent about their earlier work. These "Fangs!" had more bite than expected."