Woke Up Falling
"It's Only Your Ghost" CD
Genres: emo, alternative rock
Dec 8 - 14 2003
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.
[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]