Poets of the Fall – Ultraviolet (Review)

10 – The Sweet Escape

Cos you’re fearless in your love
Devoted to compassion
The highest state of art
Piercing in your truth
Sincere in all intention
The way you wear your heart
The way you hold my heart
My fierce friend

9 – Choir of Cicadas

So I’ll be your lover now, brazen and bright
Like the flare of a match you struck in the night
Though what does a stray know ’bout holy and true
But I’ll always come to your rescue

8 – Fool’s Paradise

And it feels like flying
It’s a fool’s paradise
And here we go denying
That there’s always a price
And no easy way out
But we can leave our gilded cages
In the silence of minds

7 – My Dark Disquiet

Without names we’re fantasising
Dancing like flames, mesmerising
My dark disquiet playing such eerie harmonies
Making waves and diving under
Lightning to the sound of thunder
My dark disquiet singing such haunting melodies

6 – Standstill

But it’s alright if you fall
You just get up, just go on
Never mind the hurt, even if you burn
Cos it’s all, gonna be so much better
The moment your true self’s shining through
Like the love when I’m finally holding you

5 – In a Perfect World

So hey, hey, hey, hush, don’t be crying now, hear
Cos any day fortune may wander down, dear
And we can see a world that is milk and honey
The tapestry of life as a beautiful journey
There’s always a promise of a silver lining
There’s that elation of perfect timing
In a perfect world

4 – Moments Before the Storm

I still hear your voice, calling my name
And like every new choice, it carries the promise
That we’ll find our love, that we’re not just like moths to flame
Already lost, moments before the storm

3 – False Kings

So I want to run to your shelter tonight
Run to the shelter tonight
United in silent resistance
Of bowing to false kings
So let me run to your shelter tonight
Run from this meaningless pantomime
I’ll swallow my pride, give up the pretence
Of bowing to false kings

2 – Angel

Kiss the feathers of a hummingbird in flight
Breaking up into a million specks of light
Take the shape of an angel in the night
Carry you to peaceful fields

1 – Dancing on Broken Glass

I want you to know I still love you
Even though we’ve been dancing on broken glass
Parade all your memories, for the moments we shared
Never fade away
I want you to know I still love you
When I walk down the memory lane
Where the night swears its love to the stars
There will be no more tears today, hey hey

Review

Poets of the Fall released their 8th studio album, Ultraviolet. Follow-up to 2016’s Clearview, it is a finest work of art and poetry burring the lines between musical genres creating new sounds, imaginative playing in this borderless music, loaded with charm and positivity. Harmonically rich, unusual, and organic, Ultraviolet highlights the concept of a hidden world and its impact on human condition. The set of songs easily resonate with listeners.

The first thing you notice about ‘Angel’ is that it has a bigger synth edge to their sound. On tracks such as ‘My Dark Disquiet’, a piano drives the song forward, before transitioning into a big rock chorus.

There is a dark theme on ‘False Kings’. The reverb on the vocals along with the big orchestral strings brings to mind a theatrical backdrop. This suits their sound very nicely, while ‘Fools Paradise’ is a big rock ballad with easily the catchiest chorus on the album, bringing forward Saaresto’s soulful vocals into the mix.

As the album goes on, it becomes clear that there is a clear emphasis on the orchestral side with plenty of big strings. It shows that the band is capable of trying new things adding to the emotional impact, in particular on ‘Standstill’ and ‘The Sweet Escape’  but some of the tracks fall into a dirge of mediocrity. The final track, ‘Choir of Cicadas’ features a huge organ, bringing the album to an epic close, but for the most part, the album feels flat and bland.

They weave songs that speak your truth, the real. Many raw and palpable feelings that bind your own heart with emotional impact. Poets of the Fall created something that does hold appeal for anyone. My Dark Disquiet, the electronic guitar/voice Standstill and In A Perfect World are some examples among others on Ultraviolet because each track is an epic journey and experience where you will find yourself stoned by a variety of atmospheric landscapes, compelling storytelling and a beautiful lyrical work at its best. Passionate, richly evocative, together the words and music create haunting stories. There are some great textures in these songs that combine rhythms, keyboards, tempo, riffs, and synth elements in a fascinating way. The magic that ensues is simply gorgeous.

All in all, Poets of the Fall’s album, Ultraviolet is a very exciting musical journey. This is real music with soul and heart. A mesmerizing album sure to be among fan favorites. On repeat without a problem.

Scoreboard

Dancing on Broken Glass

Angel

False Kings

Moments Before the Storm

In a Perfect World

Standstill

My Dark Disquiet

Fool's Paradise

Choir of Cicadas

The Sweet Escape

OVERALL SCORE


An applause for my resources 👏

Album Review: Poets of the Fall – Ultraviolet

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