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Poets Of The Fall - 2005 Signs Of Life

ARTIST: Poets Of The Fall
ALBUM: Signs Of Life
LABEL: Insomniac
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Marko - vocals * Ollie - guitars * Captain - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lift * 02 Overboard * 03 Late Goodbye * 04 Don't Mess With Me * 05 3am * 06 Stay * 07 Seek You Out * 08 Shallow * 09 Everything Fades * 10 Someone Special * 11 Illusion And Dream * 12 Sleep



Poets Of The Fall are a recent phenomenon. In their homeland of Finland the band are huge news. 'Signs Of Life' is the trio's debut album, though their origins go back to 2002. They have an interesting name, sound and history among other things. Their popularity gained legendary status in the game-playing community, particularly gamers familiar with the game Max Payne 2. POTF had their track 'Late Goodbye' included, though at that point, the band weren't even signed to a label. With people wanting to know more about the band, everyone had to wait until an album was forthcoming. I guess if POTF are being reviewed in GLORY-DAZE then there must be a heap of melody to be found on their laser etched grooves, and indeed there are. They have been described as a more melodic and lighter version of fellow Finns The Rasmus. I'm not so sure of that, there are some heavier inclined moments to be found, but also pop central 101 can be heard too. My guess is that different people will hear their own comparisons/influences. No point me trying to describe them, tis better that you hear it for yourself.

The Songs
With all the preliminary wait and expectation, the band must have done something right as 'Signs Of Life' entered the Finnish charts straight into No1. The first three tracks should have you immersed in their world more or less immediately. Opener 'Lift' is a great energetic slice of pop rock with a well-remembered riff/theme throughout. 'Overboard' is just as memorable, the chorus is a killer, while the subtle keyboard blanket reminds us of Seal. Beautiful is how best to describe 'Late Goodbye', the picturesque lyrics provide a dark backdrop but the music is lilting. POTF crank it up with 'Don't Mess With Me', reminding me of a very hard-rock oriented version of Savage Garden. The poignant '3 AM' is followed by some gorgeous acoustic melodies wafting through on 'Stay', an ideal candidate for radio, notwithstanding what we've heard thus far. Another radio candidate is 'Seek You Out', with a foot in the modern rock camp though equally melodic and compelling. Fans of David Hallyday's Blind Fish project from 1995 might find something to cheer about with 'Shallow' while 'Everything Fades' and 'Illusion & Dream' are both similar songs of contrasts: containing quiet moody passages and energetic choruses. The ballad 'Someone Special' is a dreamy mellow piece as is the closer 'Sleep'.. the piano and strings giving it a slight orchestral flavour.

In Summary
Poets Of The Fall are not strictly AOR, but their radio friendly style of pop rock sees them traverse many different genres with ease. It is amazing that they are not widely known outside of Finland and/or Europe, as their music is tailor made for radio in the US. The band followed up their success with this album by releasing the excellent 'Carnival Of Rust' the following year, to yet more acclaim and plaudits. One wonders what this band have to do to make it big stateside? In the world of modern pop/rock, Poets Of The Fall should be given due consideration.

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