Hand Me Down is propelled by a tight metallic backdrop born of late-'80s/early-'90s hardcore. However, Chris Higdon's intensely personal vocals are what mainly steer Falling Forward's course. Fluidly moving from soft to harsh and back again, his voice simultaneously affects hope and anger, sadness and joy, affirmation and questioning. The result is that Hand Me Down feels physically focused but emotionally expansive. Though cut from the same cloth as Endpoint's Catharsis and Split Lip's For the Love of the Wounded, Falling Forward's only full-length release is well developed and vital unto itself, an important step in hardcore evolution and as sincere and heartfelt as music gets.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Kantor