Artist: Falling Up
Album: Exit Lights
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Review by: Aaron Chambers
The guys from Falling Up are back…or, on second thought, maybe they just never left. EXIT>LIGHTS, their third BEC Recordings album, is a remix album of most of Falling Up’s hits from the past 3 years. The album is dramatically different from other Falling Up projects
Producer, programmer extraordinaire Tedd T. lends a hand to the guys from Falling Up for their first album of remixes. Tedd T., who has worked mainly with pop artists like ZOEGirl, Jump5, Faith Hill, and Jewel, dives deeper into the realm of alternative/metal in collaborating with Falling Up. This project takes great Falling Up songs and offers slightly different versions of some of Christian radio’s big hits. Tedd T. and others (including Thousand Foot Krutch’s Trevor McNevan) offer a decent remix CD but not one that will be in your CD player for years to come.
The remixes of “Exit Calypsan” and “Escalates” leave the listener cocking his head, squinting his eyes, and saying “this sounds a little different.” Therein lies the problem. A little difference is all there is. The songs don’t stand out as completely different songs the way a remix album should.
However, the album is exceptional in some places. “Searchlights” has a beat that is reminiscent of a dance remix and stands out from the rest of the songs. Rachael Lampa lends her chops to the guys on “Exhibition (Epoison)” and creates a nice contrast in voices. Listeners may not even recognize “Contact” until the lyrics start. This song is dramatically different, stirring listeners’ emotions that were left completely untapped by the first recording of the song. This is the type of depth that is inspiring and comes only from musical genius.
If you are a Falling Up fan, you will definitely want this album. If you are looking for a quasi-greatest hits album from the guys, you will definitely want this album. If you don’t fall into either of those categories, you might want to wait and pick up their 3rd studio release due out in 2007. EXIT>LIGHTS is entertaining but unoriginal and that is where Falling Up falls down.