The latest Poets of the Fall album Temple of Thought was released in March and it´s been on Finland´s official best selling album listing ever since. The album is, both in good and bad, clearly recognisable PotF material. The band has a signature style and sound, and is quite sturdily keeping to it. Which, in this case, meant that I couldn´t help but think that some of the songs didn´t sound all that fresh. I had a vague feeling of “I´ve heard this before” and that´s not something you want to be thinking when you listen to a new album – even if you´ve liked the stuff you´ve heard before.
On the first few rounds the album sounds a bit drowsy and slow. But once I listened to it several times more, the nuances of the songs began to come clearer. Tracks like Morning Tide and The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper have become my favourites, even if they are a bit on the pathetic ballad side of things. On the album there are, however, no matches for old gems like Sleeping Wide Awake or War, but for example the first single release, Cradled in Love, quickly becomes a song you can sing along to, if you´re so inclined. It´s catchy (in a moderately melancholic way) and easy on the ears.
The album´s biggest surprise is the final track, The Happy Song. It´s in no way like the other songs of the album. It´s musically really refreshing and quirky, but lyrics-wise I found it boring. One phrase just doesn´t do it for me, sorry to say it. I fully understand what the band is after with this song (and you´ll get it too, when you hear it), but mostly it just makes me irritated. Unfortunately.
All in all, the fifth studio album by Poets of the Fall is a bit too level for me. Lukewarm, that´s what this is. Safely in the middle. I wanted to be blown away by Temple of Thought, but instead I´m only slightly swaying.
1. Running Out of Time
2. Temple of Thought
3. Cradled in Love
4. Kamikaze Love
5. The Lie Eternal
7. The Distance
8. Show Me This Life
9. Morning Tide
10. The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper
11. The Happy Song