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Fall of Transition–Distractions

1. Fall of Transition – Distractions (Evolution Music/EVO Records)

– By and far, this is the best album I have picked up this year. Its release was fraught with delays – it was originally slated to come out in early July, but wound up being released in late September. To say it was worth the wait is an understatement. These North Carolina indie rockers, in their first full length release, have proven that they have what it takes to go the distance.

2. Gym Class Heroes – As Cruel As School Children (Fueled by Ramen Records)

– Normally, hip hop is not my genre of choice. In June of this year I downloaded the Fueled by Ramen summer sampler (featuring other awesome FBR artists, such as Punchline, The Academy Is, Forgive Durden and This Providence). The Gym Class Heroes song “The Queen and I” was included and I was intrigued. I only got the full CD at Christmas and cannot stop listening – it is incredibly infectious, with songs ranging in subject from the serious (the trials and tribulations of making it in the music business) to the hilarious (a montage of spoken tracks about getting sloppy drunk and falling in love at a bar).

3. Rory – We’re Up to No Good, We’re Up to No Good (111 Records)

– Rory is from my hometown, so there is a bit of familiarity here. That aside, this is a really great album, and a great follow up to their 2005 EP (Always Right As In We Are). There are some contagious hooks and cleverly written songs on this CD, but also fantastic musicianship which makes this just an all around great release. These guys put on a great show as well, so if they come to your town, check them out.

4. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Don’t You Fake It (Virgin Records)

– Another band from my home state (though a few hours north of my hometown) that has recently signed to a major label and has made it onto the charts with the song “Face Down”. They are a group of young musicians with fresh talent and a knack for witty, smart writing, and they given melodic punk, a genre that was slowly getting stale, a new lease on life.

5. This is Indie Rock Vol. 3 (Deep Elm Records)

– Deep Elm Records should just be given an award for all that they do for independent music. This is the newest installment of the This Is Indie Rock compilation series, which took over after the end of the Emo Diaries compilation series. It is a fantastic collection of independent music, including bands previously reviewed by the IC (for example, Reed KD’s song “Seventeen” is track 12). I think this series is going to be a great way to get a quick taste of what’s out there and what’s worth listening to.

-Andrea Caruso

Sunshine131@gmail.com

Fall of Transition-Distractions

Band Name: Fall of Transition
Album Name: Distractions
Best Element: Beautiful, sentimental music
Genre: Emo/Indie Rock
Website: www.falloftransition.com
Label Name: EVO Recordings
Band E-mail: falloftransition@hotmail.com

Distractions is the third release and the first full-length release for Fall of Transition. It is a sure-footed step in the right direction. It has the same definitive Fall of Transition sound and method, stretched out over 11 tracks and polished to perfection.

This CD is a masterpiece from start to finish, proving that Fall of Transition has true talent and staying power. From intricate melodies to heartfelt lyrics, each song is sure to strike a chord with you in some way, shape, or form, holding your attention and tugging at your heartstrings.

Included on Distractions is a remake of the song “Fabulous Liar,” the opening track from their first, self-titled EP. It adds some additional instrumentation and some more forceful vocals, which, although at a very few certain points they sound more strained than natural, add a quality to the song that adds depth and maturity not found in the original.

All in all, this is definitely the album that Fall of Transition should have added to their arsenal, and it is sure to please their ever-growing fan base.

-Andrea Caruso

Sunshine131@gmail.com

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Fall of Transition-This is the Love You Hate

falloftransitionBand Name: Fall of Transition
Album Name: This is the Love You Hate
Best Element: Quality song writing
Genre: Emotional indie-rock
Website: http://www.falloftransition.com
Label Name: Evo Records
Band E-mail: falloftransition@hotmail.com

A second release is a great indicator of a band’s potential for success. Putting out one quality CD is a difficult task in and of itself, but to be able to create two masterpieces is an exponentially more daunting task. With This is the Love You Hate, Fall of Transition has risen to the occasion.
With this sophomore effort, Fall of Transition shows that they are the same incredibly talented band from before, but now with an even more mature and cohesive sound. From start to finish, This is the Love You Hate is full of outstanding writing paired with music evocative of heartache and sadness. The mood is set right away with an instrumental intro, and is gently released at the end of the CD with an instrumental track. In between, there is a lyrical and musical sincerity to each song that hits you right in the heart.
While the lyrics on Fall of Transition’s first self-titled EP were incredible, the lyrics on This is the Love You Hate are even more impressive. The song which stands out the most is Violent, a song which, prior to the release of this CD, was featured in a brilliant acoustic version on the band’s PureVolume page. In a show of talent, the CD version is just as outstanding. The music has a somber tone to match the subject of the song, and the lyrics, full of juxtaposed images, are poetic and beautiful. Listening to “Violent” feels like you are looking at snapshots of the life of the songwriter, feeling his pain.
Fall of Transition’s level of honesty is bold and daring. They put everything on the line emotionally, and they deserve any recognition they receive for their effort.

-Andrea Caruso
(starryblueskye24@aol.com)