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Customer Reviews

A Pretty Good Album

The Academy Is is a pretty decent project. The band manages to play some pretty great tunes, even though the sound so much like Fall Out Boy that the average person really couldn't tell the difference. The lyrics are about sex and love and love that'll never happen and how much we want to have sex, which the average adolescent can easily relate to. It's music that's generic punk/pop to its absolute limits, yet still finds a way to make itself kinda enjoyable with some catchy lyrics, guitar beats and drums. It's the same as most stuff out there, but who cares? It's still pretty cool. Attention: A really, really great song. The whole "upside down and inside out" thing is brilliant. 5* Season: It's ok, nothing really new here. 3* Slow Down: Easily a single. Fits right in to the radio. 4* The Phrase That Pays: I like the lyrics to this one. It's about making it big, which'll more than likely happen for these guys. 4* Black Mamba: This is what I like, a song about making it big yet, ironically, not conforming. 5* Skeptics and True Believers: This is way, way too catchy to ignore. 5* Classifieds: Not all that great. Outshone by the other tracks. 2* Checkmarks: This song is pretty good. I don't have much else to say about it though. 4* Down and Out: It's the most different song on the album and I enjoyed it quite a bit. 5* Almost Here: This is the song that made me give this album 4* instead of 3. The best. 5*** I don't know what makes me keep coming back and listening to this. I mean, it's not that great as a whole. It has like Attention, Slow Down, Black Mamba and Almost Here as the standouts and the others are either pretty great tracks or just terrible songs. Maybe it's the constant charisma exerted from these guys. They're too ambitious to just stop on you. Anyway, I'd check this one out but not buy the whole thing. It'd be better that way.

The Academy Is...... fantastic!

I love this CD. The lyrics are well written and the songs are incredibly addictive. I can't stop listening to them.

This is the year

sure this is technically The academy is...'s first cd and sure technically they are on an indie label... but that still hasn't stopped the mane stream from taking some notice... with two music videos under there belts The Academy is... is ready to take over the world. This album is a shock to those who think that The Academy is ... is simply riding on the tail coat of such bands as Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco. Sure they are bunched into the genre.. But that is no reason for them to sound like anyone else n this genre.. Their songs are filled with great beats and unforgettably witty lyrics... if you don't enjoy this album then you are simply buying it for the Fueled by Ramen name.


Formed: 2003 in Hoffman Estates, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formerly in rival bands on the Chicago local scene, guitarist Mike Carden and vocalist William Beckett came together in 2003 to mark the beginning of emo-pop outfit the Academy Is... (originally named "the Academy"). Naming influences from U2 to Weezer to Pink Floyd, the duo added bassist Adam Siska (Beckett's classmate from high school), along with a second guitarist and drummer, to record 2004's The Academy EP for hometown label LLR Recordings. As luck would have it, fellow Chicagoan Pete Wentz...
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