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Review: Falconer - Among Beggars and Thieves
Falconer
www.falconermusic.com
Among Beggars and Thieves

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 57:06
Tracks: 13
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 20, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Among Beggars and Thieves

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (20 Votes)
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Sixth album for Falconer, and the second in their renaissance since the return of beloved singer Mathias Blad to the fold. Two albums was enough to prove that no, Falconer doesn't really work without him, and it was so good to hear him again I may have overrated Northwind just a bit. But here is the follow-up Among Beggars And Thieves, staking claim to more territory in Falconer land.

If you know this band, there will be no surprises here: galloping riffs, killer leadwork, and Blad's smooth, charismatic voice. There are some really good tunes on here, though I am forced to admit that none of them measure up to classics like "Heresy In Disguise" or "We Sold Our Homesteads". I think that Falconer will always be stuck chasing themselves, as they have never written songs to match their first two albums, and I don't know if they ever will. This album has strong songs like "Man Of The Hour" and "Carnival Of Disgust", but they are not in the same league as "Decadence Of Dignity" or "The Clarion Call". If you love Falconer, then this is an album you can buy sight unseen, but don't expect it to be another Chapters From A Vale Forlorn, because it's not.


Track Listing:
  1. Field Of Sorrow
  2. Man Of The Hour
  3. A Beggar Hero
  4. Vargaskall
  5. Carnival Of Disgust
  6. Mountain Men
  7. Viddernas Man
  8. Pale Light Of Silver Moon
  9. Boiling Led
  10. Dark Ages (bonus)
  11. Skula Skorpa, Skalk
  12. Dreams And Pyres
  13. Vi Sålde Våra Hemman (bonus)
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