Review: Falling Up – Your Sparkling Death Cometh | Christian Music Zine

Released Independently

June 28 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

These things take time.  What things?  Falling Up things.  There was a time when Falling Up consisted of a bunch of kids, with Jessy Ribordy leading the charge with quintessential Christian rock songs and back flips on stage.  We saw the band evolve over time that seemed dramatic with each release, yet now with the scope of five full length albums (not including the remix album Exit Lights or the various side projects) it appears so obvious that this is where Falling Up was destined to be, an independent band that has concocted some sort of jambalaya of synthesized indie rock and shoegaze music that might find friends among fans of Mae or Future of Forestry, but really strays from the norm.

Those who adjusted along with the band and found Fangs to be their best release to date really have something to feast on here with Your Sparkling Death Cometh, which the cover art alone may have proposed.  I won’t even pretend to know what was really going on with the storyline for the former, so it shouldn’t surprise you that whatever is going on in the latter isn’t any less confusing.

I think the biggest improvement for my personal taste is in the particular lyrics for each of the songs on this album.  Although the songs overall lack a general clarity, which I think we’ve come to expect from Falling Up, it brings out that which we do understand into greater prominence.  The opening track, Circadian, sets up the story with the line “my faith they were questioning”, followed by hints of what the answer would be as Blue Ghost says “Covered by a blood” and The Light Beam Rider saying “Love take hold when leaving this home”.

Then there’s tracks that if you don’t look for it, you’ll miss the straight up worshipful lyrics that are involved, such as Diamnds’ “I want all that you are” and in Oceans where Ribordy sings “If your heart’s an ocean, then I will drown, Beneath the waves, there will be love”.

These simple words might make for a rather generic lyrical production if they weren’t so cleverly placed among such deeply poetic storylines that emphasize points rather than bludgeon one to death with them.

Long gone are the hints of pop rock found in Falling Up songs, but I’ve finally caught up to what they had been trying to build up for the last four years or so, will you do yourself a favor and do the same?

Score: 4.5


  1. Circadian
  2. The Wonder
  3. Blue Ghost
  4. Diamnds
  5. The Light Beam Rider
  6. Oceans
  7. Mscron
  8. Vates
  9. Forms and Shapes
  10. Slow Waves

10 responses to “Review: Falling Up – Your Sparkling Death Cometh | Christian Music Zine

  1. Lindsey June 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Album of the year for me. That is all I will say.

  2. Tyler Hess June 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

    so i assume you got it already? nice

  3. John Holcomb June 29, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Fangs! is their best? Check. But I couldn’t follow the story? Check. Don’t miss the pop rock and backflips? Check. Now I’m only curious to know if the CD includes liner notes and extra art elements? They did a fantastic job of building their new website with lyrics and videos.

  4. Tyler Hess June 29, 2011 at 7:37 am

    i believe it is just a 4 page insert with the cover art and lyrics

  5. John Holcomb June 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Thanks for the info Tyler. I got kinda bored listening to it yesterday. Will try again today…

  6. Tyler Hess June 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    you have to invest time and energy into this in order to appreciate it, like most indie rock albums, i think it helps to read the lyrics along with this kinda music

  7. David Green July 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Haha, good review! I agree with the points you make. This will definately be contending for my album of the year; it’s absolutely fantastic.

  8. Tyler Hess July 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    thanks David! I don’t blame ya

  9. Eric Dye July 3, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Great review, Tyler!

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