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Dead Letters

The Rasmus

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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

Rasmus=Finnish Gods

The Rasmus are practically unknown in the US but give them a shot. They're easily my favorite European band. The singer is crazy good and the guitars and bass come in with cool riffs right when you want them too. Best songs: all of them, just buy the whole freakin album, but if your cheap, the amazing songs on the album are in the shadows, in my life, and f-f-f-falling. itunes dosent have it, but if you see Hide from the sun, get it - twice as good as dead letters, and im giving this four stars

Buy this CD

This is a truly amazing band. If you haven't heard of them, please listen because they deserve every bit of success they have earned so far and more people in the U.S. need to hear them! I've met them and seen them live, and they are not only awesome performers but down to earth guys. Trust me, you will love this album!

What a killer record...

These guys rip. This is the next big US hit. The entire album reeks of individuality and great vocals. This is a must have. Buy it now...

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Helsinki's melodically hard rocking the Rasmus were formed in 1995 while the four bandmembers were still in high school, and their debut, Peep, rapidly went gold in Finland. The teenagers quickly recorded and released follow-up album Playboys, which also achieved gold status, earning the group an Emma Award. Their third album, Hell of a Tester, included "Liquid," voted Best Single of the Year by Finland's music critics. Released in 2001, Into went double platinum in its native country, with debut...
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