The emotional wailings of Kodaline never fail to touch a nerve and wrangle emotion within their listeners. The same can be said of their newest release, “After The Fall,” a piano driven track that leaves you aching with hope and dismay. With a celebratory piano melody rushing it’s way through a spacious intro, there’s a desperate sense of movement, something akin to the carefree feel of some of Coldplay’s greatest hits. They step away from the deeply emotional, almost foreboding, feeling on songs like “All I Want” and “Pray,” opting for something still as heavily emotive, but somehow freer. For Kodaline, this song takes them into a brand new atmosphere, rocketing straight into a mainstream sound, while remaining true to themselves through the lyrical content and epic cinematic quality of the instrumentation. On a song about letting go, that even carries with hints of regret and suffocation, it’s wildly optimistic in feel. Everything from the harmonic “ooos” coming out of the chorus to the lively drum line make it hardly recognizable as a heartbreaking break-up song. It’s subtly disguising itself as something different. As a fan of Kodaline, I feel as if this song ushers in a new era for them, one that our US audience will be more receptive to, and will take their ever growing fan base to an even larger level.
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