Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative, Punk
Released: Mar 13, 2012
℗ 2012 Equal Vision Records, Inc.
I want to start off by saying this isn’t a hater review. Folks, I LOVE this band. This band saved me in high school. Whenever I felt perplexed by questions about life, puberty, people, peer pressure, or sexual preferences, I always found an answer in the form of SA. Bemis always had that witty line or thought provoking lyrics that made it so easy to connect with his dysfunctional nature. Any devoted SA fan would tell you how they followed through Bemis’ struggles over the years. From his boyish 16-year-old complexity on Baseball: An Album By Say Anything, his drug-ridden ventures in …Is A Real Boy and …Was A Real Boy, his rehabilitation on In Defense of a Genre and most recently his almost cheesy, yet still depression and frustration filled self-titled piece. Bemis tackled just about every problem of the most dysfunctional teenagers and young adults.
Well, it doesn’t look like that’ll be happening anymore. I got this album two months ago. I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to listen to it. Upon first listen, I was a bit disappointed. I couldn’t help but wonder where the true rocking spirit was. I listened to it a couple more times through and I came to the conclusion that this isn’t the same band we used to know. It’s not a matter of changing their sound. There isn’t much difference in that department, except for the lack of electric guitars. It’s just that it seems… grown up. Bemis is a 27 year old man now. He’s gone through so much, drug problems, constantly switching band lineups and even marriage. There seems to be a lack of passion. Bemis isn’t as angry and confused as he used to be. Songs like “Overbiter” and “Say Anything”, while taking on that silly side that we all enjoy from the band, take over the album as marks that Bemis is off in a love drowned world devoid of the problems he once had. Granted, you’ll feel nostalgic when you listen to “Admit It Again”, a reverence of …Is A Real Boy’s “Admit It!!!” as Bemis spews his thoughts on the hypocrisy of the popular sector of the younger generation. Yet this, and perhaps “Peace Out”, may be the only truly anger filled tongue lashings that he gives on the album.
Don’t get me wrong, I will always love this band. This band means more to me one the more difficult times in my life than most other bands could ever mean to me. But even I can recognize that ultimately as I grew up, so did Bemis. After everything that he has endured, it looks like the frustrated boy we all sympathized and connected with has moved on the positives in life. Perhaps learning to “Hate Everyone” isn’t as cool as learning to love someone in the end.
01. Burn A Miracle
02. Say Anything
03. Night’s Song
04. Admit It Again
05. So Good
07. Peace Out
09. Of Steel
10. Anarchy, My Dear
11. The Stephen Hawking