So, after talks of a new album and waiting in anticipation, Just Like You, Falling In Reverse’s third album, has finally been released. I was very excited for this album to come out, as I’m sure many FIR fans were, especially since Ronnie talked about it being “like Drug In Me Is You [and] Dying Is Your Latest Fashion” along with the fact that a track titled “Guillotine IV” was released from the album. But, with that comparison and song, came expectations that I didn’t want, since let’s face it, expectations can never be fully met. That being said, I do like this album a lot, even though I was expecting something a bit different. This album screams Ronnie, and it also shows that even though it is reminiscent of Drug In Me Is You and Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, Falling In Reverse as a whole is still evolving. This album is a mixture of Ronnie’s different styles, and I find it very fun to listen to since it is very versatile in sounds. It’s very hard to pick favorites when it comes to this album. Each song is its own entity, although they somehow fit together quite well. This album has become a favorite of mine, and even though it is not what I imagined, I am far from disappointed, and will continue to support Falling In Reverse along with Ronnie Radke.
Track by Track Commentary:
1.”Chemical Prisoner”- This song kickstarts the album, and it’s a great intro to this album. This song is similar to a lot of Falling In Reverse songs in the fact that it talks about the hardships Ronnie has faced, and how he must overcome them. It has a fast pace, and it’s a great track to kick off the album with. This track could very well be one of my favorites, even though
2.”God, If You Are Above…”-This song is another strong track, and to me is nostalgic. Ronnie’s vocals along with the accompaniment of the other wonderful members make this track get stuck in your head, and I love listening to this to the point where I’ve put it in quite a few of my playlists. This song goes back to the roots of DIYLF and DIMIY with it’s lyrics about how Ronnie can’t be saved, and it definitely makes me reminiscent of the past.
3.”Sexy Drug”- I love listening to this one, and I find myself skipping to this track sometimes because it’s such a good song. The lyrics remind me of “Good Girls Bad Guys” and that just makes me like it more. I think this would be a cool song to see live, and overall its a solid track that screams Ronnie Radke due to his signature style.
4.“Just Like You”- This title track is one of my favorite title tracks to date, apart from maybe “Drug In Me Is You”. It’s fun, catchy, and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. This song has an uplifting beat while having slightly pessimistic lyrics such as Ronnie talking about his drug abuse, and how people should stay away, which makes for an interesting song experience. I love the chorus, and the song overall. I definitely recommend at least checking this song out, especially if you need something to jam to.
5.“Guillotine IV: The Final Chapter”- This song was the second single to be released from the album, and caused quite a bit of controversy due to its title, since the Guillotine series had previously been only on Escape the Fate albums. When I heard about this track, I was very intrigued, and I will admit this is not the strongest track on the album, and not the best fitting with the rest of the Guillotine series, but enjoyable nonetheless if you need a headbanger song that makes you want to jump into a moshpit.
6.”Stay Away”- This song is yet another nostalgic track for me, due to it’s lyrics which talk about what Ronnie has gone through, and how people should stay away (hence the title). These lyrics make it clear that Ronnie has gone through a lot, and he feels people shouldn’t be around him, and shows listeners a more fearful version of Ronnie as he says “who can I trust” among other things.
7. “Wait and See”- I really like this track. It has a very different style from a lot of the tracks on here, and it’s cool to listen to. The lyrics help listeners reflect on the world we live in, and what’s our world is turning into. This track is unlike anything I’ve heard, and it’s definitely worth checking out just for the experience of hearing it for the first time.
8. “The Bitter End”- This is a really heavy track, which I love, and it’s just a really solid track, with great lyrical content and great vibes. I don’t have much to say about this track only because there’s not much about it I don’t like about it.
9. “My Heart’s To Blame”- This is yet another reflective track, and it’s a very chill song, which I like. This song fits very well in this album, and I love the different pieces of this song that make it different from most songs of this nature.
10. “Get Me Out”- Although I hate picking favorite songs off albums, I might have to make an exception for this song. This song speaks to the angsty teenager in me that’s just done with high school, and reflects my life, considering I already know I want to be a band journalist and I hate the town I live in. This song is fun, and definitely catchy enough to get stuck in my head non-stop for a week (I would know). This song is just one of those songs I can see living in the hearts and minds of fans for years, and I love it because of its relatable lyrics.
11. “Die For You”- Being yet another heavy track, I really like “Die For You”, and can’t help but bang my head during the heavy parts when I listen to it. This song is Ronnie telling the world he won’t be easily beaten, and a big “fuck you” to people that have betrayed him. It’s a great song to have towards the end of the album due to the fact that it is very angry and strong lyrics.
12. “Brother”- This song is a beautiful track, and I don’t think Ronnie could have honored his late brother any better. This song has heart, and it is a great conclusion to the latest chapter in Falling In Reverse’s story. This song actually made me cry quite a bit, which is rare for me, and listeners can tell how devastating the death of his brother was for Ronnie. Ronnie also reflects about his relationship with his family in this, and leaves listeners with the advice “hold on to the ones you love”.
Words by Savanah Ruiz