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Album Review

Having achieved a loyal and growing following in Finland and throughout Europe, this Finnish group is more than capable of presenting dark and moody yet very finely tuned rock songs. Starting with "In the Shadows," lead singer Lauri Ylönen sounds a bit like Darren Hayes from Savage Garden, if moderately influenced by Nine Inch Nails. The tone of the song is lightweight and resembles an edgier or meaner Ace of Base, but thankfully The Rasmus have ample chops to make them credible. "They say that I must learn to kill before I can feel safe," he sings while a bouncy backbeat continues the flow. Seamlessly moving into "Guilty," the glossy singalong chorus and slick rock riffs give way to more of a murky Faith No More feeling in its verses. The vocals are also layered atop each other, creating a vocoder-like sound halfway through. An early problem is how often the band leaves the songs to hang on too long with the chorus refrain going too far. An alternative pop tune is the melodic and textured "First Day of My Life," a track that nails a thick slab of anthem rock. Fans of The Gathering might find comfort in much of this album, but the edge is often dulled by solid but safe arrangement, especially during the formulaic "Still Standing." "In My Life" has a mixture of various styles and steps outside the box, morphing from an urgent, darker blueprint to a punk-riddled Bryan Adams within a matter of moments. A gothic "Time to Burn" is perhaps the album's true gem, a song with more than enough accents and hooks to keep the listener enthused. The song also marks a departure from the earlier songs, as the lengthy "Not Like the Other Girls" moves more into their niche, a ballad that brings Def Leppard instantly to mind. Another strong effort is the punchy "Back in the Picture," but "Funeral Song" is quite forgettable. Nonetheless, the radio-friendly "F-F-F-Falling" is a good send-off.

Customer Reviews

Rocking

Every song on this album is worth having. Each song is different from the next and each song is catchy, with decent lyrics that are certain to make you think. The slow songs - Funeral Song and Not Like the Other Girls are both soulful and have a brilliant overall sound. The guitars throughout the songs are impressive.

Dead Letter

Dead Letter is an amazing album. I was listening to it the other day, because i had not listened to it in a while, and i forgot how great it is. In The Shadows is one of the best rock song of 2004. There are many reasons why i like The Rasmus and In The Shadows is one of them. Another is that they are one of those bands that make great music, even though they are not huge chart toppers (even though In The Shadows reached No.3 in the uk charts). My rating on Dead Letter is 10/10. Top 8 1 - In The Shadows 2 - First Day Of My Life 3 - Still Standing 4 - Guilty 5 - In My Life 6 - Not Like The Other Girls 7 - Funeral Song 8 - Time To Burn

big mix up!!!!!

i bought this recently, and i got home and it said '' us edition.'' on the back, and looking at the 1 on here it is totally different to the uk version. for starters, it has less songs, and for some reason, i downloaded guilty a while back and it was an acoustic guitar. but now i find out that both uk and us versions are electric! i dont get it!!!!!!! but still, its the best album you will ever buy, and if you like this, then get ''hide from the sun''. its like this, only slightly darker. all the songs are good on both albums, so buy them. NOW!!!!!!!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The four members of Helsinki's melodically rocking the Rasmus formed the band in 1995 while still in high school because Finland's English music scene -- in their own words -- "sucked." Their debut, Peep, rapidly went gold in their homeland, making the members rock stars at the age of 16. They quickly recorded and released the follow-up, Playboys, which also went gold and earned the group an Emma, Finland's version of a Grammy. Their third album, Hell of a Tester, included "Liquid," a track that...
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