At a Loss

A Falling Away From

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At a Loss offer up energetic emo-ish punk-pop on their Blackout Records debut, A Falling Away From. At a Loss weave many different styles throughout the record: punk, emo, even metal, but seem to always make their way back to the pop and emo sensibilities that work for them. A Falling Away From never loses its energy and earnestness, but wanders a tad in its length and emotional agenda. All the musicians demonstrate their skill in the hot Sabbath-like slow licks of "In the Aftermath" and "Closing Yours" and the fast metal-punk riffs of "Look Away" and "Retract Your Wings," never getting too pompous on the thick axes or too showy on the hammering drums. At a Loss shine when they break out the half-time chumpdowns in the midst of the fast buildups, allowing a release just when you need it. A Falling Away From is a solid debut release from At a Loss.

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