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Album Review

Seattle's Acceptance jump to Columbia for Phantoms, after EPs for Rocketstar and Militia Group. ("Permanent" from the latter reappears here.) It's a sound very similar to those earlier records — heavily influenced by the smooth lines and urgency of Jimmy Eat World, with an alternative CCM bent. Acceptance don't get down for the screaming-guy-behind-singing-guy template that so many 21st century emo-ish groups use — no, Phantoms is slick and melodic, drawing its tension from the careful multi-tracking of Jason Vena's vocals and layers of guitars. Producer Aaron Sprinkle gives Acceptance the full Tooth & Nail treatment, where the songs have all the buoyancy and plead in the world but no chance for grit, and fans of that sound will gravitate to "Take Cover," "In Too Far," and "Over You." Acceptance appear to be very earnest about their music. They include a brief instrumental piece, "Ad Astra Per Aspera," and sing things like "Time shows us that all that ever mattered leaves us in the cold," which may leave listeners wondering what they really mean.

Customer Reviews

This is my favorite band but sadley they have broken up

Ok so i recomend this album to whomever stumbles upon this amazing band but yes the sad truth is they broke up early summer of 2006 but now they have formed an amazing band named thunder thunder and they have the potential not to replace acceptance but the potential to be the next acceptance so go check out the band thunder thunder on myspace or purvolume they are amazing but never will anyone be better than acceptance


Really great cd. Worth every cent. The best songs are: Take Cover, So Contagious, Over You, Breathless, and Permanent. But all the songs are really good. Buy it.

An incredible album

Well, for me this started about a month ago when I was with a friend who was playing "Permanent" at work. I thought, "Well I've just got to check that out". Came here to iTunes, found the album, and WOW. There truly are few albums produced in this day and age that are as well put together as this one. EVERY song on this album is exceptional. I mean, they have an instrumental piece on here. An INSTRUMENTAL... I was hooked. Unfortunately, you don't get the a full picture of the craftsmanship exhibited by Acceptance by listening to the 30 second clips on iTunes. The tempo and rhythm changes... the extended chord progressions... the dual guitars... the vocal harmonies... it's got everything I love. I'm now a month into this album, and it just doesn't get old. You've really got to buy this one and listen to the whole thing to appreciate it. So today I'm doing some skipping around on the net and decide to check out their myspace page. Yeah. They broke up 2 years ago. Of course. I'm seriously disappointed that there will never be a follow up album. Even though they're broken up, you still need to buy this album - they earned every penny they'll get from it and then some. This conversation is over.


Formed: 1998 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Few bands from the early-aughts emo/pop-punk scene have a legacy as mythical as Acceptance. The band only released one LP before breaking up, and yet that album went on to become a cult classic, helping them amass a fan base so loyal that it remained devoted through a decade of the band's silence. When Acceptance emerged during the mainstream emo heyday in the early 2000s, they set themselves apart with catchy melodies, big choruses, and arena-sized singalongs, incorporating a harder rock edge into...
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