Modern/nu-metal amalgam Falling Up
took little time to release its sophomore effort Dawn Escapes
in 2005. Perhaps because lead vocalist Jessy Ribordy and company focused so intensely on what they wanted to say, the result was a collection of heavier yet less distinguishable tunes. Everything down to the tempo remained the same throughout the 12 tracks, never finding the balance between passion and artistry. That said, the band is stellar at its nu-metal hybrid. Their eager fan base devoured this record at supersonic speed, so quickly that the band released a remix album mere months later. The success of preceding modern rock acts like Kutless
has depended on their ability to keep current with secular genre fads. Falling Up
proved it can out-Linkin Park Linkin Park
, but it gave little inclination as to what would give it staying power when aggressive alternative was surpassed by the next hot wave.