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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fof
  • ASIN: B002HMHXIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Smile Empty Soul's third release is already being called their best record to date and that's saying a lot considering these L.A. boys have sold over 650K of their first two releases combined. With two Top 5 singles from their first two releases it would be no surprise that 'Don't Ever Leave' from Consciousness offers up number three. Early reports from radio suggest that the urgency of this guitar-driven album is inspiring kids to call into radio stations, something that rarely happens in these digital days. Smile Empty Soul will spend the rest of 2009 supporting Saliva on a nationwide tour and headlining a tour sponsored OC Choppers, Monster Energy Drink, Schecter Guitars and CTV24

Customer Reviews

I love all of Smile Empty Soul's albums.
Elizabeth Wonderham
You can definatly tell that this band has grown and changed a lot.
Ryan Gillispie
If you are a fan of the band you will not be disappointed!
Denise

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shy on August 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I think for most SES fans, we've all been waiting a long while for their next CD, and it's nice to see that they have a tour accompanying their new CD, Consciousness.

I got the CD on the release date (thanks Amazon!), and the album is well put together. Looking through the album art and lyrics, some of the lyrics aren't 100% correct, and there are more than a couple of misspellings as well. But these are small problems, because the true product is what you hear, and that folks -- is as good as you've come to expect SES to be.

Now I'll say it up front -- their best CD was the unreleased Anxiety. And this is no Anxiety, but I think it surpasses Vultures both in lyrical quality and in musical quality. I'm no composer or musician, so I can't tell you that this riff is great, or this chord is smart or intelligent or amazing, but as SES has demonstrated time and time again, that the power of Sean's voice carries the message he's trying to convey through his lyrics.

This is as the title of my review suggests -- the lighter side of SES. There are a lot of "feel good" songs on here, like Stay Alive, or O'Lord, Walking Away, etc. Their sound has become a bit more commercial now, rather than insane yelling that I've come to appreciate, and I don't know if that's a good thing, or a bad thing -- but it's an evolution of a band I listened to since they released their first album, and as my life has personally progressed, I still feel a close bond to the band, their lyrics, and their message.

If you are looking for SES' prior works to be reincarnated in their new CD, then you will be disappointed. This is a more positive CD lyrically, and Sean has a lot of moments of very soft singing (which his voice lends itself well to, surprisingly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric D on January 1, 2010
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Though they will never match the power of their first two albums, these guys still have something special going on. To put it simply, the lead single "Don't Ever Leave" is probably one of the best songs of the year and definitely SES's best song of all time. With lyrics that are spiteful, yet curiously passive-aggressive, Sean Danielson goes from smooth singing to aggressive yet melodic screams and back again while tackling a failed relationship with what appears to be an alcoholic mess of a woman. ("I love the way you're spitting in my face, the way you scream when you're breaking all my things, I love the way you put me in my place, don't ever leave me alone.")

There are some low-points, however. Besides the boring instrumental track "Atoll," there's "Compromise," a musically wonderful song, but lyrically the band's cheesiest yet, with the chorus proclaiming "When will you realize, you're now and forever mine, you don't have to run. I won't compromise all that I know is right. You and I are one."

"Walking Away" suffers the same fate, as a hard-driving, aggressive yet emotional track that falls short lyrically. "Faceless," however, breaks this trend with lines like "God only knows the side effects of listening to static on the radio."
"Stay Alive" is a refreshing track as well, providing a positive, uplifting message for those who are having trouble dealing with life and contemplating suicide.

"L.A. River" is a scathing attack against the glitz and glamor appeal of the band's hometown of Los Angles, which, according to Danielson, isn't as glamorous as it appears, with more failed lives and broken dreams than what is usually portrayed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Gillispie on August 28, 2009
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Great album. You can definatly tell that this band has grown and changed a lot. I love every song on this album and its definatly worth the money if you are a fan of this band. By the way... can somebody tell me but did they turn Christian? From some of their songs its hard to figure out.
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I didn't know that SES had a new 2009 album until i got on amazon.com. After loving there first cd and there 3rd.(sad there 2nd one isn't buyable)I had to give it a listen i've been following these guys since "bottom of the bottle" Saddly I need to give 'Consciousness' there 4th cd an ok rating. I don't mind slow songs,but the cd is full of them, which is when your use to them screaming things like " stupid ********** pull your head out your *** and seewhat don't you get, was i stuttering i don't need to take your **** get away from me" A mellow cd is a bit of a shocker.

I mean the lyrics are good but when i played the cd on repeat i just got bored i felt like it was lacking something. Still its not a terrable cd i just have mixed feelings on it but i get that these guys are just trying to survive in a cut throat business.(Even if it is sad that my windows media player as them pop)

Tracks:
Faker: 5 out of 5
we're though: 5 out of 5
don't ever leave: 4 out of 5
compromise: 3 out of 5
facless: 4 out of 5
staying alive: 2 out of 5
walking away: 3 out of 5
atoll (its an intro track...so poitnless)
Ban Nuys: 4 out of 5
alone with nothing: 2 out of 5
L.A. River: 3 out of 5
Reflection: 3 out of 5
O Lord: 2 out of 5
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