Lyrically, Fallen is full of angst, but not much apathy. You'll find this lack of attendant ennui from a relatively young band either refreshing or disappointingly uncomplicated. On an album devoid of abstract metaphor, the suicide-cocktail "Tourniquet" is perhaps the most lyrically direct. And, sometimes, things can be well conveyed in just so many words. "Tourniquet" will likely prove this band's most controversial song; without the Christian-rock label, the track's content wouldn't even merit a mention.
Fallen's production values are high, as well they should be: this isn't the latest release from alt-rock elders Grandaddy or Coldplay. If you're looking for the new, new lo-fi experience, look elsewhere. This is movie music. Indeed, both "Bring Me To Life" and "My Immortal" are included on the Daredevil soundtrack compilation.
In the end, Fallen is a guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, most of the album makes liberal use of the winning formula behind "Bring Me To Life." One hopes their sophomore effort will bring extended range to their obvious talent and innovative spirit. But their debut is a guilty pleasure worth the price of admission. Don't let the Christian-rock label scare you away.