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info opinion

Woke Up Falling

"It's Only Your Ghost" CD

Post 436 Records

Genres: emo, alternative rock

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Dec 8 - 14 2003

Emotional alternative rock.  Also known as... emo.  Right.  You either like it or you don't.  Woke Up Falling does not differ from this rule.  After a decent albeit unoriginal album, Dividing Blue from Blue, on M-Theory Records, the four boys are back with their brand of guitar-heavy, angst-ridden music, specially fitted for the Deep Elm crowd.

There's nothing special here.  "Let Your Halo," "21 Miles into Kansas," and "Ghosts" are all fiery rock numbers, made emo by the use of "wimpy" hooks and manly-yet-whiny vocals.  The vocals are mock-intellectual - complaints of life and love buried in needlessly cryptic train-of-thought-style verse.  "Ghosts," the EP's second song, is one of the better moments.  Not only is it short, but its subtle bells and marching, jumpy song structure accentuate the melody well.  As far as emo goes, it is a fine example of how to do things right.

The band slide in an acoustic number, "Give It Up," for good measure.  Hello emo without the power chords.  I think a few of these types of songs have become popular before (Third Eye Blind), but this doesn't really stand a chance, as it's far too bland and whiny.

Woke Up Falling don't pretend to be anything they aren't, and that is important.  The It's Only Your Ghost EP is a very decent disc, but it's one that will be enjoyed exclusively by emo fans.  If you fall under this large but frequently abused demographic, you might consider taking a chance on WUF.  Otherwise, you likely will have given up reading this review after the first sentence anyway.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]