17 Songs, 56 Minutes

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
529 Ratings
529 Ratings
GatoDelSol ,

The Hardcore SA Fans Will Love It

The Beam Team's themes might be growing up and evolving, but you can still hear those classic riffs circa "Is A Real Boy..." circulating in there.

From a music connoisseur's perspective, I have to Admit It!... this album is not better than In Defense or IARB.

But as a diehard Say Anything fan, I've gotta say, I'll be hooked for months.

Logan Square ,

What a great songwriter.

The most impressive thing about this record is that it's obviously a "studio record" in a clean and non-chance taking way, yet Max and crew deliver fully.

I have a feeling "In Defense..." was given to Max if he promised to delivered a record that the record label could promote into the corporate world.

Despite the guidelines, Max spilled his heart and talents all over the audio canvas.

From the first track to the last you can hear everything Max has learned as a songwriter packed into perfectly arranged and melodic songs.

Congrats, I wish them all the success they deserve.

The Longfellows ,

My Synesthesia is Blooming

I see colours when I look at words, and reading the lyrics; letting the notes of this album fall upon my ears, I found my head bursting with colour. This album is deep at times, something you don't find in most of today's over-produced, over-appreciated music. Depth nowadays is almost shallow, but Max Bemis is in the deep end. His poetry is unique and takes careful dissection to understand sometimes. I not only love this band, but I respect Max, his battle with a bi-poplar condition, and his incredible knack for making you tilt your head with a smile when listening to the words.

That being said i found 3/4s of this album very catchy. The music was very well constructed, with a few strings here and there. The riff on "Do Better" towards the end really had my foot tapping:D "Hate Everyone" really just fit me:P It's practically my theme song. I could take the time to pick apart the rest of these songs, but I say you see for yourself. If you're a Say Anything fan or a newcomer, you're in for a treat;)

5/5, 10 out of 10 :D

About Say Anything

Say Anything are the pop-punk brainchild of Max Bemis, who founded the band while its initial members were still attending high school in Los Angeles. Although the lineup has since featured a rotating cast of characters, Bemis remains at the band's core, spinning tales of insecurity and frustration with help from longtime drummer Coby Linder. Say Anything made their studio debut with two self-released and self-produced EPs -- Junior Varsity! and Menorah/Majora, the latter being released online -- as well as a full-length album, 2003's Baseball. These releases saw the band leaning toward the same mix of emo, rock, and pop-punk made popular by bands like blink-182 and Saves the Day. Bemis soon grew tired of the genre and revamped his band's sound for ...Is a Real Boy, which marked Say Anything's first release for Doghouse Records in 2004. A self-described punk rock musical, the album was fittingly produced by Tim O'Heir (Dinosaur Jr., the All-American Rejects) and Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), with Bemis playing nearly every instrument.

Bemis' bipolar disorder proved to be increasingly disruptive, however, plaguing both the recording of the album and its aftermath. Struggling with crippling stress, the singer suffered a nervous breakdown that ultimately led to Say Anything's cancellation of two tours in 2005, including an opening slot with one of the band's idols, Saves the Day. Despite the setback, the band signed with J Records that same year and reissued ...Is a Real Boy in February 2006. The re-release boasted two discs, pairing the original record with a bonus EP containing demos, re-recordings of previous songs, and sessions from a never-released AIDS benefit record. A national headlining tour followed the reissue, and the single "Alive with the Glory of Love" found some success on radio and the MTV networks. Momentum continued to build as the band toured into 2007, eventually pairing with Saves the Day for a second attempt at touring. The effort was successful this time around, and Say Anything released a two-disc concept album, In Defense of the Genre, that October.

Bemis announced plans to record a new album in early 2008, and the resulting record (a self-titled effort) arrived in late 2009, several months after Bemis and Saves the Day's Chris Conley released an album by their side project, Two Tongues. The singer returned to Say Anything in 2012 with the release of the band's fifth album, the edgy and biting Anarchy, My Dear. In 2014, Bemis opted to take an unflinching look at himself on Hebrews, an album that found the band ditching the driving guitars for dramatic string arrangements. After a couple years of silence, at the stroke of midnight on February 4, 2016, Bemis announced a surprise new album titled I Don't Think It Is, which was released a day later. ~ Corey Apar & Andrew Leahey

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
FORMED
2000

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