'Revolution Roulette' is the third album from Finnish rockers Poets Of The Fall. The band is reportedly quite popular in their homeland and it's not hard to see why. Soulful vocals and catchy rhythms are the core of an impressive collection of just about every type of rock songs you cold ask for. Whether you're in the mood for AOR, progressive rock, political anthems, college radio hits, or a piano accompanied ballad; it's all in there and it's all done well.
The star of this show is vocalist Mark (yes the band only goes by their first names) whose versatile voice adapts to each tune specifically. Mark's vocal creativity is so remarkable it almost sounds like there are different singers on certain tracks. He has no problem with a dirty, deeper delivery like in the title track or the groovy 'Psychosis.' Likewise, the higher, more delicate vocals in the folksy 'Fragile' (my personal favorite) and 'Where Do We Draw The Line' seem to be equally unchallenging. Although not one of my favorites, the song 'Diamonds For Tears' uses a little bit of both vocal styles.
If you need a comparison to contemporary rock bands Tool and Sevendust often come to mind but Poets Of the Fall has a much more diverse portfolio than those groups. 'Revolution Roulette' is a nicely written, performed, and produced album with something for just about every kind of rock fan to appreciate. It may not be a must-have CD, but it is certainly worth your time to check out.
- Tim Carroll
'Revolution Roulette' is a nicely written, performed, and produced album with something for just about every kind of rock fan to appreciate.
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