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2012 release from the Nashville-based band. These Times is a a scintillating hookfest of arena-ready rock anthems, offering unequivocal proof that the group has the goods to break wide open. Working with producers Howard Benson, Espionage (the New York-based Norwegian team of Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund) and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, these four skilled and remarkably self-assured musicians have cooked up a strikingly melodic, sharply drawn, viscerally immediate album filled with songs that stick in the head and heart.

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When we last saw SafetySuit, the Nashville-based band was supporting 2008's Life Left To Go and hit single "Stay," which shot to No. 1 on the voter-generated VH1 Top 20 Countdown. Spotlighted by VH1 as a band "You Oughta Know," the group toured endlessly, playing over 200 shows and selling more than 500,000 singles along the way. They're raising the stakes with THESE TIMES (Universal Republic), a scintillating hookfest of arena-ready rock anthems, offering unequivocal proof that the group has the goods to break wide open. Working with producers Howard Benson, Espionage (the New York-based Norwegian team of Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund) and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, these four skilled and remarkably self-assured musicians have cooked up a strikingly melodic, sharply drawn, viscerally immediate album filled with songs that stick in the head and heart. For a young band, SafetySuit--singer/guitarist Doug Brown, drummer Tate Cunningham, bassist Jeremy Henshaw and guitarist Dave Garofolo--has a remarkable sense of songwriter savvy. "I do the writing," Brown confirms, "but until we get Dave, Jeremy and Tate's heads around the songs, they're just songs, they're not SafetySuit songs. When they get hold of them, they become ours, and that's what makes us special--the four of us, not just one guy." After cutting a half an album's worth of material in Nashville last spring, the band had a shocking collective realization--neither the song nor the performances, they concluded, met their lofty standards. "We'd been going nonstop for three years, and were burned out," says Brown. "We just had to get away from it for a little bit, live life and gain some perspective. So we actually threw away the hard drives containing the tracks we'd done and started all over again." It didn't take long for something fresh to manifest itself. Brown headed to New York to toss around ideas with the guys from Espionage, who were riding high after co-writing and producing Train's massive hit, "Hey Soul Sister." "They played me a really interesting chord progression," Doug recalls, "and I started spontaneously singing along with it, [sings] /Take me back to yesterday/I swear it on your life.' They saw that I was in a zone, and they said, `Go into this room and just be by yourself for a while.' A half hour later, I came out and said, `What if we came around at the end and went [sings], `We can get around this, get around this'?" They were like, `OK, let's start recording.' It was really that quick. If you catch an emotional moment in the writing process, one sentence, one word, can fire off an entire song in a matter of minutes. The best songs practically write themselves. It's all about tapping into a feeling and letting those emotions take over." That song, "Get Around This," set the bar sky-high for Brown and his bandmates, and in the following months they challenged themselves to hit consistently on the rarefied level Brown and Espionage had established. Brown went straight from New York to Bahrain to play some military shows with the band around the Fourth of July holiday last year, During that trip, totally out of his element, he wrote a slew of songs, several of which wound up on the album.

In September, he got together with a talented friend, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, in the latter's Colorado studio, which yielded the album's lead single, "Let Go." "I love that song," says Doug, "because it's such a departure for us. Ryan is obviously a very pop-minded producer, so I said, `Let's have fun with it; let's do something that's not the norm.' It turned out great, and it kills live. It's very interactive and people get it right away." A second get-together with Espionage resulted in "Things to Say," while the band self-produced "Staring at It," a fist-pumper with an incendiary chorus, and "Life in the Pain." They cut five songs with Benson in L.A. this March: "Never Stop," "One Time," "Believe," "Stranger (Say It)" and the poignant "These Times," which functions as the album's thematic centerpiece. "It was written out of a social need," Brown says of this powerful, zeitgeist-capturing anthem. "As a band, we were talking a lot about the songs on the record, and obviously, a lot of songs are gonna be about relationships, love and loss; that's the most common emotion people have. But as we were looking at the track, we felt like something was missing: what the pulse of the nation is right now. When we started thinking and talking about that, `These Times' sprang out of that. The chorus goes, `Sitting alone here in my bed/Waiting for an answer I don't know that I'll get/I cannot stand to look in the mirror I'm failing.' You just get tired of being on the short end of the stick; I think a lot of people feel that way. There's a lot of people out there who would kill to just have a job so they can provide for their families. It's tough, man--it's tough for people, and that sucks. But we didn't want to leave it at that, so we wrote, `These times are hard/But they will pass,' and that's important to remind people of. We've made it out of bad times before, and we'll make it out again." At the other extreme is the intensely personal "Never Stop," an unguarded expression of romantic devotion. "The best songs ride the line between vulnerability and too much information, where you take it to the maximum amount of vulnerability before you start weirding people out," Brown asserts, punctuating the statement with a laugh. "I think `Never Stop' does that, and I think any woman who's with someone they love wants to hear him say, `I'm never gonna get used to you.'" Despite the fact that the band interacted with three producers, each possessing a particular approach, the album comes across as a thoroughly unified piece of work. "What I loved about all of them is that they were all like, `Where do you want to take it and how can we help you to get there?'" Brown says of Benson, Espionage and Tedder. "But you've gotta go into it knowing where you want it to go in the first place." This hard-hitting yet life-embracing album strikingly displays SafetySuit's singular sound and style as well as the clarity of the band's vision. That vision was sufficiently present on the first album and the hundreds of performances that followed it to bring them a loyal, enthusiastic fanbase--one that is about to undergo exponential growth. SafetySuit is an extremely confident, distinctly American unit right on the brink of establishing itself as a band that matters.


1. Believe
2. Get Around This
3. Let Go
4. Staring At It
5. These Times
6. Never Stop
7. One Time
8. Crash
9. Stranger
10. Things To Say
11. Life In The Pain

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Republic Records
  • ASIN: B005JLN9VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. S. SHI on April 8, 2012
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For their new album, SafetySuit brings a plethora of new sounds and songs while retaining their own unique sound. No one song sounds exactly like songs from their previous album, Life Left To Go. A few songs go for a more poppish sound (Let Go, Crash), while other songs are lighter and sweeter (Things To Say), and of course, songs with the exclusive "SafetySuit" sound. Unlike some people who say that they don't like the more poppish sounding songs, I actually welcomed the change and freshness of these songs.

Every line sung is full of emotion and you can really see all the work and passion that the band has put into this album. While it took me a few tries to get into their first album (which i ended up loving), i loved "These Times" the first time i heard it. I like how they don't shout and scream in their songs like alot of rock bands out there. For me, the melody and the beautiful vocals come across as more sincere and pleasing.

For anyone who hasn't heard of this band or is hesistating whether or not this album is worth buying, i say YES, IT IS. If you like rock, alternative, or pop, give this album a try. I promise you will not regret it. I actually didn't plan on writing a review, but after hearing how good it is, I just HAD to tell people. So yes, it really is that good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on February 18, 2012
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Loved the album. It had some tracks that I definitely think were better than any on the first album, but I have to admit, I expected better. Some songs were amazing and some were disappointing. I'll go ahead and rate each song individually.

Believe:5/5- Now my favorite song I've ever heard!! It was perfect in every way possible. The lyrics are great, the song is true to their style, and the chorus is extremely catchy! Couldn't have been any better!

Get Around This:4/5- This song was pretty good. When I heard it come out as a single, I was impressed, but hoping for better. It is pretty true to their style, and has a good tune, but I think it could have been better.

Let Go:3/5- This was so so so so disappointing to me, and was kind of a let down for the album. I was so excited once it finally came out as a single, but then I heard it and it didn't sound at all like the band I love. It is a very popish, dancy kind of song and doesn't sound like their style at all. However, the song has since grown on me and I like it a little bit more every time I listen to it, so right now, 3 out of 5 sounds fitting for this song.

Staring At It:3.5/5- A good song, but not really their original style as much as it should be. This song has an interesting intro with an orchestral accompianent that doesn't go well with the melody. I gotta say, though, the chorus is great! It makes up for the not very good versus. If they gave this song more electric guitar, and less orchestra, and a different drum part, this song would be 5/5, but with the way they did it, it doesn't really do the job.

These Times:5/5- A great song. Perfect lyrics for anyone feeling down, and a very nice, catchy melody the whole way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff from the West on January 24, 2012
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It's been a long dry spell for good music. Look how long Moves Like Jagger has been on the top 10. These guys are great! Listened to 15 seconds and knew I had to have the CD.
FINALLY FRESH GREAT NEW MUSIC!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Wertley on January 13, 2012
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After waiting (I'll admit, somewhat impatiently) for the release of Safetysuit's sophomore CD, all I can say is...it was worth every last minute of the wait. It's perfection in musical form. I thought the band would be hard pressed to top "Life Let To Go" but I believe "These Times" has done it. There is not a bad song on this disc, and I will listen to it from beginning to end, which is very important to me in a CD. The songs are beautifully written, and have meaning, there is definitely at least one song on this CD that will fit a situation in your life. Doug Brown's voice impresses me beyond words, it's so versatile, and he sings with such emotion, and puts everything he has into it. This band should be so much more well known, than they are, and hopefully, "These Times" will do that for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary A Earls on January 10, 2012
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SafetySuit's "These Times" is nothing short of perfect. They worked so hard on this album, and after their label pushing back the release date multiple times, the album is finally here and well worth the wait. From start to finish this album flows so well and there's not one "dud" on the entire album. These catchy hooks will be stuck in your head for a long time. "These Times" went up exclusively on Itunes last Tuesday, and went right to #2 on the Albums chart, and even pushed Adele out of the #1 spot for a day. This album is amazing, and everyone should buy it immediately. 2012 is the year for SafetySuit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 23, 2012
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I bought this album yesterday morning - since then it has been on repeat in my Zune collection. Every song is amazing - nice to hear something fresh. My music tastes cover a wide array from Country to death metal - and I cant stop listening to this album. From the vocals to the musicianship, the songwriting, the sound quality - all top notch - the only thing I find disappointing was I didn't know about this band until now. As I type I am downloading their first release, as I am hungry for more.
If I had to choose an absolute favorite from this album - it would be "Never Stop" - which puts to words exactly what I feel what I look at my wife. Easily this has become my favorite album of anything I have bought in the past year - and I buy ALOT of music. Give them a listen - this band has alot to offer and can't wait to hear what they produce next.
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