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3.07 | 185 ratings | 3 reviews | 5% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Stress (5:32)
2. Linoleum (4:57)
3. To the Shoreline (3:06)
4. Holy Diver (Dio cover) (4:34)
5. 1979 (2:50)
6. She Likes to Hide (2:57) *
7. Chain Sling (4:08)
8. Perfect Day (Lou Reed cover) (4:51)
9. Spitfall (6:42)
10. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary (4:23)
11. Flame to the Moth (4:31)
12. King of Loss (7:13) *
13. Falling Home (3:06)

Total Time 58:50

* bonus tracks on 2014 IOM limited edition

Line-up / Musicians

- Daniel Gildenlöw / lead vocals, acoustic guitars
- Ragnar Solberg / acoustic guitars, vocals
- Daniel D2 Karlsson / Rhodes, organ, vocals
- Gustaf Hielm / acoustic & double basses, vocals
- Léo Margarit / drums, vocals

- Roger Öjersson / guitar solo (4)

Releases information

Reimagined acoustic versions of catalogue-songs, 2 cover versions and a brand new song.

LP Inside Out Music ‎- IOMLTP 408 (2014, Germany)

CD Inside Out Music ‎- 0506362 (2014, Europe)
CD Inside Out Music ‎- INO0636-2 (2014, US)
CD InsideOut Music - IOMLTDCD 408 (2014, Germany) Limited Edition with two bonus tracks

Digital album (2014)

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PAIN OF SALVATION Falling Home ratings distribution

(185 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (16%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

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Review by Rune2000
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3 stars A good but not completely satisfying acoustic experience!

It's been a while since I've really enjoyed a Pain Of Salvation release. I feel like the band reached their peak in 2004 when they released their concept album Be and the acoustic live masterpiece 12:5. Since then the band have undergone quite a change of direction which also resulted in a few lineup changes. I found Scarsick to be a disappointment, live album Ending Themes and Linoleum were good but lacked the creativity of their previous efforts and the Road Salt duology was a complete departure in style.

Having said that, I still actively follow the band on the social media and keep a lookout for their live shows. I happened to see the new lineup featuring the very talented guitarist and vocalist Ragnar Zolberg, return of Gustaf Hielm on bass and Daniel Karlsson on keyboards and backing vocals. The show I saw in March 2012 was easily the best Pain Of Salvation live performance out of the many that I've seen with the band over the years. The vocal harmonies were perfect, the instrumental skill was very prominent and the fun factor was definitely in place.

This live experience made me very excited for the new possibilities that the new lineup entailed. I was interested in seeing what Ragnar Zolberg and Daniel Karlsson would achieve in the song writing department, considering that Zolberg seems to be a huge fan of the band's first four records and excels in his performances of classics like Used and Chain Sling. Daniel Karlsson has a distinct keyboard sound that makes his contributions even more prominent than those of Fredrik Hermansson.

You could probably imagine my excitement when I heard that Pain Of Salvation were going to release a new album in 2014. I was slightly less excited when more information had been unveiled about Falling Home and it turned out to be an acoustic re-imagining of the band's material mainly from the last couple of years. But I kept my hopes up and patiently awaited the release date of November 10th.

My first listening session made me experience quite a few mixed emotions. Even though the performances were spot on and the new re-imagining of the compositions were for most part quite exquisite, I still couldn't shake off the thought that this was an inferior follow-up to 12:5. First off, this record was not recorded in front of a live audience thus making this recording feel like a much safer choice than 12:5. Second off, most of the material from Road Salt duology is acoustic to begin with which doesn't make the new versions sound too different from the original counterparts. Finally I have an issue with the cover version of Holy Diver. I'm a big fan of the original recording by Dio and hearing this version made me really offended since Pain Of Salvation turns it into an acoustic reggae track!

Falling Home is a good but not completely satisfying acoustic experience since we all know that Pain Of Salvation can create majestic vocal harmonies in a low key setting. The problem is the choice of material, the decision of recording the record in a studio instead of doing it live and the horrible cover of Holy Diver doesn't exactly make things better, even though the cover of Perfect Day is actually a whole lot better. I'm still waiting for that new record from the band's current lineup that would live up to the legacy of Pain Of Salvation.

***** star songs: Chain Sling (4:08)

**** star songs: Stress (5:32) Linoleum (4:57) To The Shoreline (3:06) 1979 (2:50) Perfect Day (4:51) Flame To The Moth (4:31) Falling Home (3:06)

*** star songs: Mrs. Modern Mother Mary (4:23) Spitfall (6:42)

** star songs: Holy Diver (4:34)

Review by kev rowland
2 stars Three years after 2011's 'Road Salt Two', Pain of Salvation came back with 'Falling Home' which is basically an acoustic re-imagining of previous material plus a few covers and one new number. This was in many ways quite a different approach for the band, but it may have been driven by the changes in line-up as only bandleader Daniel Gildenlöw and drummer Léo Margarit were there from the previous release, with long-time members Johan Hallgren and Fredrik Hermansson both departing in the intervening years. 'Road Salt Two' also had many guests, but here the band operated as a quintet with just a single guest (Roger Öjersson) providing a solo on one song.

This is not a true acoustic album, as there is the use of organ and electric bass, but for a band known to frequent the metal scene the lack of electric guitars is interesting. However, there are too many times when this feels more like a self-indulgent experiment for fans only as opposed to being an album which many will seek out. The vocals are great, as one would expect, and the musicianship second to none, but there is no spark or vitality, while their covers of "Perfect Day" and particularly "Holy Diver" should have been left in the studio. If anyone came across this album first, I think it is probably unlikely they would check out the rest of their canon which is a shame, as to me this is not at all representative of their music.

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3 stars A lot of progressive metal doesn't translate well to an acoustic format, but that's not the case here. I've had friends who don't like progressive music at all compliment the acoustic cover renditions of Holy Diver and Perfect Day. Obviously if you're a fan of POS, the other songs will be famili ... (read more)

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