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Poets Of The Fall - 2010 Twilight Theater

ARTIST: Poets Of The Fall
ALBUM: Twilight Theater
LABEL: Insomniac
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Marko Saaresto - lead vocals * Olli Tukiainen - lead guitar * Markus 'Captain' Kaarlonen - keyboards * Jani Snellman - bass * Jaska M„kinen - rhythm guitar, backing vocals * Jari Salminen - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dreaming Wide Awake * 02 War * 03 Change * 04 15 Min Flame * 05 Given And Denied * 06 Rewind * 07 Dying To Live * 08 You're Still Here * 09 Smoke And Mirrors * 10 Heal My Wounds



I'm a big fan of Finnish band Poets Of The Fall. This is evidenced by two prior reviews of the band here at GD. I missed the boat on their third offering 'Revolution Roulette' which came out in early 2008. Don't worry, I'll get to that one. I mention that album because soon after the completion of the tour associated with 'RR', the band headed straight back into the studio in mid 2009, to cut the tracks for this album offering 'Twilight Theater'. Released in March 2010, Poets Of The Fall continue to dominate their local Finnish charts with the album going straight to No 1 upon release. There's something very catchy about their music that I like, and though it's not strictly in the vein of the sub-genres we generally follow here, the band are extremely melodic and commercial, and for me, that's enough of an entry ticket as evidenced by the stub on the album cover. The three main guys (Marko, Olli and 'Captain') are the kingmakers here, contributing songwriting, musical arrangements and production chores. Amazing how this band have found success on their own independent smalltime label Insomniac, and how (as mentioned in one of the earlier reviews) they have kept a relationship going with the gaming community, no doubt helped by having connections within the industry.

The Songs
The lead off track 'Dreaming Wide Awake' is also the band's first single and video (see below). It made #18 on the Finnish Charts as a prelude to the albums release in March 2010. It continues POTF's knack for writing melodic and catchy tunes that can capture the ear of hardened AOR fanatics like many of the GD audience. 'War' is a balancing act, on one hand trying to justify the merits of conflict versus the toll it takes on its participants and victims. The song also made it into the game 'Alan Wake'. Much brighter and happier is the acoustic 'Change', it rambles along nicely despite the seriousness of the lyrics. '15 Minute Flame' takes an interesting angle, as this could relate to anyone who has sought the public eye either by design or accident, and the consequences thereof. Everyone from George W Bush to Susan Boyle - put your hands up! 'Given And Denied' highlights POTF's ability to combine thought provoking songs with orchestral elements, whereas they can also strip it back to a simple acoustic structure as evidenced on 'Rewind', but retain the melodic balance without compromising anything. A gorgeous song for sure. Upping the ante somewhat, 'Dying To Live' surges forward with a degree of energy but without the desperation that the songtitle might suggest. Changing pace yet again, 'You're Still Here' is a lilting affair initially, with the faint trace of string instruments enhancing the orchestration once again. 'Smoke And Mirrors' is deceptively catchy, smooth in parts, jagged in others, captivating the listener with more twists and turns than the Red Bull F1 team at a press conference! The closer 'Heal My Wounds' winds down on a tender piano arrangement, bringing the seal down on this rather impressive album.

In Summary
I'm going to return to this CD often during 2010, and now that I have tracked down the aforementioned 'Revolution Roulette', I think my Linux Media Player is going to have its hands full with POTF music. If you haven't checked them out yet, and you are curious, then there is every good reason for you to investigate one of the finest pop/rock bands going around at the moment.

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