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Falling Away

Crossfade

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Album Review

2004's self-titled effort turned Crossfade into platinum-selling artists, driven by the success of their self-deprecating lead single "Cold," which stayed on the rock charts for some ridiculous amount of time, like over a year or so. Since then, the band has been stripped down to a trio after losing DJ Tony Byroads to the realms of marriage, and the occasional sampling and synth appearances have left with him. Crossfade's controlled rock aggression has remained intact, however, and their follow-up, Falling Away, is pretty much more of the same in all other respects — strained vocals, authoritative guitars, bashing drums, dismal atmosphere. "Washing the World Away" and "Why" have some of the most crunching guitars present, the latter finishing off with a pretty gut-wrenching, embittered shriek. However, said cry is a somewhat abrupt ending to the song, a problem other tracks exhibit as well, yet not enough to completely throw off the record's overall flow. Mopey lyrics and soaring choruses of pain and misery abound; Ed Sloan's hardened voice struts with angry bitterness, like he's spent his entire life in relationships where he's been sufficiently screwing things up or someone has been screwing him over. He laments how much "it hurts to be alone in this cell I call my home/but it heals me in my mind without you by my side" over gentle strumming and percussion before lurching into the dejected "nothing feels good anymore/everything's wrong" power chorus of "Everything's Wrong." But the sensitive-tough-guy love of "Invincible" shows his heart may actually be capable of repair, even if the song falls a bit short musically as compared to the aching strength and melody of a track like "Already Gone." Overall, Falling Away adds up for a competent display of regurgitated post-grunge, albeit one that struggles to even really measure up to the most memorable moments of Nickelback. Then again, the unexpected and out of place, semi-jazzy, closing piano jam of "Never Coming Home" reveals, especially in its emphasis on forceful vocal range exploration, that there could be something more to Crossfade than just wounded frat rock. Um, maybe.

Customer Reviews

Whats wrong with you people?

GIVE IT A CHANCE! Just because an album doesn't meet YOUR expectations you had from their prior album you say its bad. well I hate to break it to you, but it isn't bad its just different. Musicians are artists NOT entertainers, and if you don't enjoy it then don't listen to it. MUCH LOVE CROSSFADE

A Poor Album From A Good Band

While thankfully devoid of some of the off-genre songs from the first album, you won't find a "Cold" or "Colors" on this album. This album sounds like it was hurried and pushed towards commercial rock by the producers. The songs are slower and more polished, but at the expense of losing the emotion that typified the previous album. You're better off just picking a song or two you like and buying those rather than the album.

Good, but no the same.

Im not a huge fan of crossfade butI have to say that there first album is awesome. Today I purchased there new cd "Falling Away". It is a good cd, but its not like the first at all. Its a liter rock, which isnt bad, but if you liked there first style a lot you may not like this one as much. Overall its an ok Album. Hopefully its one that will grow on me. I do recommend to by this cd if you are a fan of Crossfade!

Biography

Formed: Columbia, SC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Hard rock/heavy metal band Crossfade is based in Columbia, SC, where its members reside. The group came together in the late '90s with the merging of singer/guitarist Ed Sloan with bassist/backup singer Mitch James and drummer Brian Geiger as the power trio the Nothing. Sloan, a Columbia native, had begun taking piano lessons at eight and been attracted to grunge and heavy metal music, joining his first band, Darkchilde, in the eighth grade. By the time he began attending the University of South...
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