Where Falling Up’s previous album 'Captiva' got the balance completely right between the programmed progressive ambient rock and the commercial rock of their earlier albums. 'Fangs' really does go wholeheartedly into experimental progressive fantasy territory. 'Lord Of The Rings' style lyrics provide the basis of a concept album.
As with all Tooth and Nail albums the production is pin sharp, but tellingly it isn't handled by Aaron Sprinkle -Casey Crecenzo handles it this time around- and this adds to the lack of commerciality.
‘Goddess Of The Dayspring, Am I’ is perhaps the only tangible link with the past. Soaring on a wave of melodic guitar and vocals it is easily the albums most accessible moment. Elsewhere the pace hardly moves above sedentary ‘Panic And Geo Primaries’ is dreamy and ambient, ‘Magician Reversed’ is dreamy and ambient and ‘The Kings Garden’ is, well do I need to go on? ‘The Moon and Sixpence’ punctuates the album midway through and although it isn’t one of Falling Up’s best songs it at least features some long overdue guitar and heavy organ interplay
Convoluted lyrics and song titles add to the confusion -‘Streams Of Woe At Acheron’ is a prime example-and although this is clearly a Falling Up album it really isn’t immediately apparent from what has come before.
In parts dreamy and ambient 'Fangs' sometimes sounds like it was written and recorded during a hallucinogenic drug haze and however much you admire Falling Up’s conviction to do their own thing, a modern version of Pink Floyd is perhaps not really what was required.