|Review: Falconer - Among Beggars and Thieves|
|Among Beggars and Thieves|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 20, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Among Beggars and Thieves
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (20 Votes)
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.
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