Falls To Climb
August 22, 2007
The protagonist of “Falls To Climb” is a potentially delusional sad sack with extremely low self-esteem. He sulks his way through the song, lamenting his poor choices, bad luck, and is overly eager to take the blame, presumably for things that are not even his fault. He’s kinda pathetic, but still, somehow, it’s hard not to feel bad for the guy. There’s a transparent cynicism in his desire to become a martyr, but that doesn’t exactly negate his willingness to sacrifice himself, or deny him the dignity that he claims at the end of the song. Most of the Up deals with characters who find themselves at a low moment, and either rise to the occasion or fall deeper into despair, and the ascension at the conclusion of “Falls To Climb” ends the album on a positive, if somewhat depressing, note. The arrangement underplays the drama of the piece, but allows for moments of miniaturized grandeur, most notably when the diffuse track suddenly picks up at its climax with clumsy, abrupt drum rolls that become a steady beat as the character becomes more confident.