cdstarts.de reviewed COR and gave it 7.5 / 10
CD Review: Poets of the Fall - Carnival of Rust (7.5 / 10 )
Some gamers might know the Finnish band Poets of the Fall because their melancholic song "Late Goodbye" was used in the credits of the action-videogame "Max Payne 2" and made them gain a huge fanbase - that was three years ago. Their debut album "Signs of Life" went straight to number one on the Finnish album charts and made the guys win almost every Finnish music award there is. The successor "Carnival of Rust" which is released in Germany one year after the original release in Finland, was able to have the same or even greater success.
If you only know "Late Googbye" the beginning of the record will surprise you. Fire starts with an ass-shaking guitar-riff which doesn't sound like Finnish clumsiness, at all. Marko's warm voice kicks-in with the keyboard and you might think you're listening to a pop-record until the rousing, rocking chorus kicks in. The song develops into a true good-mood song with a cool guitar solo. The song "Sorry Go Round" is a little rougher, but just as catchy.
The album's title track "Carnival of Rust" proves that they have not unlearned writing overblown love ballads. Many strings and Marko's theatric way of singing are in the foreground. But the great chorus still makes the song a good piece to listen to. Then it's getting faster again with "Locking up the Sun" which contains some playing around with Industrial sounds, but the melody is not as catchy as it is in the other songs. The following song "Gravity" makes up for this with being twice as catchy. Just like in "Fire" elements of rock and funk are mixed together and create a highlight of the album.
It's a pity that the second half of the record can't completely keep up with the first one. Slower, more serious songs like "King of Fools" or "Desire" do not completely reach me even after a few listenings."Delicious" is kind of lost, standing right between these, being an uptempo song, but this kind of song has already been heard in a much better way at the beginning of the album. . In contrast to that stands "Roses" since its pop-like buildup is not close to rock anymore, but nevertheless it's one of the highlights of the album. A perfect, airy summer song. It proves that the Autumn Poets (they translated Poets of the Fall into German) are best when they just try to make good-mood music.
-Carnival of Rust
Score: 7.5 / 10
Average Fan Score: 10 / 10
Well maybe they not only want to make good-mood songs, but also want you to pay attention to the lyrics. This might sound arrogant, but I think a score of 75% is far too low for a piece of art like COR.