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First, how I came by this impressive song. I was cruising iTunes, deciding to download a nice mass of rock songs. I purchased Blood Clots and Black Holes, Weight of Glory, and Like Moths To Flame from Thrice. I was really excited for Like Moths To Flame, seeing as it comes from Vheissu, and Vheissu is brilliant. But what really had me jubilant was when I went to the Crossfade portion and found tracks from Falling Away listed! Eager, I quickly downloaded The Unknown as I had planned, and then wondered which track from Falling Away to buy. I noticed iTunes' Relevance scale, which I really can't figure out, on Already Gone was higher than everything else except Invincible. So I decided to go by that, and on a whim, purchased Already Gone. And wow, was I impressed. This is an amazing song, and I only need it and Invincible to know that the rest of Falling Away is going to be downright incredible when I get around to getting more of it.
Lyrics: [What could you possibly want from me, can't you see I'm already gone?] The vocals really emphasize this phrase, and it sounds great. The lyrics of this song are as deep as any other Crossfade song, and I can honestly relate with them. I like that in songs. For that, I give this song a 9/10 in Lyrics. They're excellent, but not quite perfect.
Vocals: Oh heavens do I love the vocals. Crossfade's sound has really matured and progressed since Crossfade, and Already Gone is perfect evidence of this maturation. Crossfade was a brilliant Album, make no mistake, but Falling Away just rocks. So many of the lines that could've fallen flat here were saved, and then some, by the strong vocal work from Ed Sloan. The feeling of unabashed departure is brought out by the work from this man, and it works strongly in the song's favor. Just one excellent example to cite is the music from 0:20 to 0:24. And yes, that's just the beginning. The entire song is filled with intense moments like that, and for that, vocals get a 10/10. This is really Crossfade's best so far, in terms of vocals. I haven't heard the rest of Falling Away, so I don't know if they performed as magnificently as they did in Already Gone, but if they have, that's awesome.
Instruments: What the vocals didn't do, the instrumental work did. The strength of these instruments is conveyed perfectly in the most gripping moments of the song, like 0:20-0:24. The drums give the song an interesting blend of frantic anger and relaxed indignance; you can feel the urgency, but at the same time, you can understand the bittersweet contempt behind it all. The guitar work is topnotch as well, giving you a reason to remember the strongest moments of this song for hours afterward. The riff from 2:08 to 2:14 shows how far an improvement Crossfade has made in the two years from Album to Album. 9/10, I suppose, though I'm close to giving it a 10/10 for the excellence of it all.
9 + 10 + 9 = 18. 28/30 = 9 1/3 out of 10.
I'd like to give this song a 10/10, but it's not quite there. So I'll round it down to 9/10. But it's still an incredible song, remember that. One of the highlights of Falling Away, in my opinion, and I haven't even heard the entire Album yet.
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