Elements of the Fallen

The Grey Skies Sessions

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In 2001, Philippine rock band Elements of the Fallen released The Grey Skies Sessions. The music of Elements of the Fallen is pensive and musing. The lyrics, which are all written in English, are reflective, and often address the intricacies and mysteries of life and human nature. The opening, "Rain on Me," starts with slow, meditative piano work (which must be programmed, as the group has no pianist). Also heard is the somber echo of percussion. The vocalist sings in a deep voice and tells of awaiting the rain to come and "wash away the memories," as though in a form of absolution. The sound and structure of the following song, "Slipping Away," is similar to "Rain on Me." The piano once again sounds pensive, even though it has more spirit than before. There is a new age element to the music of Elements of the Fallen, and this mood plays a strong role on the album. Much of this sound is achieved by synthesizers and programming. "Fooling Myself" and "Break Me Up" also feature a similar new age-like ponderous ambience. By this time, the album is in need of a change of direction, which comes with the Sting-sounding "The Fallen." "Finding Out the Harder Way" features an extended piano introduction, and has a Bruce Hornsby-like aura. One of the best songs is "Someday," which has a lighter, less ponderous air than most of the preceding songs. "Someday" contains charming horn work and an engaging drum and keyboard sequence. The Grey Skies Sessions contains many interesting moments, though the album needs better pacing and fewer ponderous moments.

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