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CD REVIEW: Fallen Grace - Fallen Grace
By Alex Jasperse - 12/04/2006 - 01:43 AM EST

Artist: Band: Fallen Grace
Album: Fallen Grace [2006]
Label: TEG Artists
Website: http://www.fallengrace.us
Genre: Alternative Rock
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 7.5/10
Performance Skill: 7.8/10
CD Review:

Nearly ten years ago, angst-ridden sober introspections were de rigeur for all musical things post-grunge. Stemming from a hybrid of heavy metal and punk influences, the trend was ‘intelligent’ hard rock without apology. As its influence carried on into the millennium – and has been commonly type cast as alternative or modern rock – many groups have come and gone, which could be considered a good or bad thing, depending on who you talk to.

Fallen Grace’s self-titled debut is a powerhouse of post-grunge guitar riffs and aggressive rhythms with a gritty southern flare. Lead singer Alan Grimsley’s baritone voice, infuses each song with confidence and intuition – singing the hell out of it but never sounding showy, let alone cocky.

Standout tracks like Yesterday and John’s Song are not only layered with superb guitar lines, but stands as a testimony of a genuinely talented band that is secure in its strengths. Fallen Grace may not be a staple for commercial radio airplay, but there are several standout tracks that could easily make their way there.

Although their sound is one that is compatible with radio rock, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. At their best, they are a solid post-grunge band, grinding their riffs out with muscle. But at their worst, they are faceless when placed up against many of the bigger acts that have traced the same path. It’s hard not to compare them to many of the other acts that have come before them. Especially after listening to tracks like Your Mind, which serves up a taste of some of the recently retired and absent post-grunge acts.

Fallen Grace’s debut album is, overall, a solid listen. It’s not polished; it’s simple, straightforward, honest music. Whether you just need some good driving music, or feel the need to let out some pent-up aggression, this may be a release worth checking out.




The Verdict: 7.7/10

For more information, please contact the band at band@fallengrace.us




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