By Abby Visco
Falling in Reverse’s new album, Just Like You, possesses all qualities of a true guilty pleasure. The lyrics are mildly immature and unoriginal, and the instrumental sound is overly produced to the point where it sounds like humans were not even part of the recording process. However, it takes a lot of effort not to play air guitar and passionately lip-sync into your hairbrush microphone.
Released on February 24th through Epitaph Records, Just Like You is Falling in Reverse’s third studio album. Fans weren’t expecting much from them after living through the band’s failed attempt at incorporating rap into their second album, Fashionably Late. Many thought that the band had officially sold out and were well on their way to self-destruction. Most fans were pleasantly surprised when listening to the new album on Tuesday’s release date. Although the album doesn’t offer anything particularly new to the band’s sound, it does reintroduce their much-loved heavy metal influences from their first album, The Drug in Me is You.
The band released two singles prior to the release date, “God if you are above…” and “Just Like You.” The songs gave listeners a great preview of the album’s different styles. “God if you are above…” represents some of the album’s serious subject matter, such as struggling with depression and addiction. On the opposite end of the spectrum, “Just Like You” reminds fans not to take anything too seriously. In this song, the lead singer, Ronnie Radke, fearlessly chants “I am aware that I am an asshole/ I really don’t care about all of that, though.” His extreme self-confidence is definitely present and clear, making many listeners feel the same way.
The mix of sounds and lyrical content can be a bit confusing when listening to the album for the first time. There are serious lyrics about struggling with addiction, yet Radke also uses abbreviations like “OMG,” which can make his songwriting sound a bit immature. There is also a contrast of hardcore sounds mixed in with pop melodies. Points are made throughout the album where the listener won’t know whether to rock out and dance, or sing along quietly. However, the album reveals its underlying message after the second listen This album tells the listener that even though life brings many unwanted obstacles, there comes a point where you need to stop overthinking and find the part of yourself that can just let go. Isn’t that what a guilty pleasure is all about?