Woke Up Falling

Woke Up Falling

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The third release by Portland's Woke Up Falling is, much like its predecessors, catchy but insubstantial pop-emo that's not much different from that of dozens of similar bands. The band does have one big advantage in Gordie Muscutt's powerful voice, a far step above the usual anonymous mewling that too often passes for emo vocals, and his post-punk-inspired guitar playing, which sounds like it owes a debt to the Edge and Robert Smith, is pretty impressive as well. The problem is that the songs, while individually enjoyable (the dreamy instrumental "How to Standstill" and the impassioned "Circle a Date to End This War" are both better than that), tend to blend into one another so much that you occasionally have to pay close attention to know where one ends and the next begins. Woke Up Falling still has the potential to make a truly great album, but this one isn't it.

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