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Album Review

Smile Empty Soul's debut release is a screeching, brooding affair that smiles little and swears a lot. Like the surly rebel in the back of class, Smile Empty Soul's mouthpiece, guitarist, and principal songwriter, Sean Danielsen, launches accusations at every conceivable authority figure. The song titles read like headings in an angry suburban kid's diary — "Therapy," "Your Way," "With This Knife," "All My Problems" — while his grim-faced lyrics paint his problems broadly, without depth and offering no silver lining. "Inside the cage/I see an image of the future we don't have" (from "Nowhere Kids"); "Kill me with the love you won't give to me" ("For You"); "Go home and beat your kids so they don't turn out as bad as me" ("All My Problems") — it sounds like Danielsen hasn't had a nice bowl of ice cream in a long, long time. Musically, Smile Empty Soul is yet another young trio equally indebted to Kurt Cobain's trademark bark and the hard-edged melodics of Alice in Chains. The album's slower moments range from the crass antiwar sloganeering of "This Is War" to the faux Staind acoustic ballad "I Want My Life."

Customer Reviews

Good Album

There are a few songs on the album that are not rea;;y that good but genrerally there are plenty of songs here to keep you happy Bottom of a bottle Silhouettes Nowhere kids All my problems Eraser I want my life And This is war


This album takes me back to '03. Loved the album then & still love it now, especially when I'm feeling a little raged ha. Some decent, catchy tracks on it !! Worth a listen


Formed: 1999 in Santa Clarita, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Smile Empty Soul was a heavy alternative trio formed while its three members were still in Santa Clarita, California high schools. Led by singer/guitarist Sean Danielson, the band also included drummer Derek Gledhill and bassist Ryan Martin. After honing their sound with numerous hometown gigs, Smile Empty Soul began venturing to the Sunset Strip, and eventually passed a demo to Todd Parker of the Los Angeles indie ThroBack. That exposure led to a deal with Jason Flom's Lava imprint, which was expanding...
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: 27 May 2003

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