Ronnie Radke is no stranger to shocking people. In fact, it is something he has embraced and grown accustomed to. With that said, nothing prepared me for what to expect when I pressed play here. Coming Home is the fourth album by Falling in Reverse and arguably the most different.
We have an idea of what to expect with a Falling in Reverse album by now. Brash, Obnoxious over the top music with everything dialled up to the most ridiculous levels. It’s a shock then to hear an album that sounds like this. ‘Coming Home’ shows a maturity to it that has been lacking in a lot of Ronnie’s previous work. It’s genuinely shocking to be met with something so different, but also incredibly refreshing too.
I will be totally honest here. The first couple of times I listened to this album, I totally dismissed it. It wasn’t what I had come to expect from Falling in Reverse and I wasn’t sure if it was what I wanted. But after giving it more goes I found more for me to sink my teeth into. Firstly, the production is outstanding, every single song pops from the speakers and takes on a life of its own. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how good the songwriting is here too. Ronnie Radke is a man who has always known his way around a chorus, and ‘Coming Home’ features some of the biggest of his career. This album is chock a block full of earworms. They are so big and so catchy that there are moments where they are bordering on arena-worthy.
In terms of the songs themselves, things seem almost more stripped back this time. Braggadocio has been traded for a more self-deprecating theme this time around. Ronnie Radke is in full-on confessional mode here, taking a long hard look in the mirror and owning it. This is a very personal record and it shows especially on tracks like ‘I Don’t Mind’ and ‘I’m Bad at Life’, even ‘Straight to Hell’ has a more personable approach to it.
‘Coming Home’ is somewhat of a revelation. Taking away everything that Ronnie Radke built his empire on and starting from scratch was a bold move. For the most part, it works. Taking things in a different direction may very well pay off big in for Falling in Reverse and Ronnie in the long run. But in changing so much, I can’t help but feel that there is a loss of identity here. But when an album is this consistent and destined to succeed, you have to applaud the bravery at play here. Rather than play it safe, this is the sound of a man reinventing himself and growing up in public. ‘Coming Home’ is one of the biggest surprises of 2017.