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What To Do When You Are Dead, Armor For Sleep's second installment due to be released February 22, 2005 is a record that will breathe new life into the carcass of thought provoking albums that has been lying on the side of the road which is the post hardcore/emo/rock whatever scene for years. Limited edition includes bonus DVD.

1. Car Underwater
2. The Truth About Heaven
3. Remember To Feel Real
4. Awkward Last Words
5. Stay On The Ground
6. A Quick Little Flight
7. The More You Think The Less I Hear
8. Basement Ghost Singing
9. Walking At Night, Alone
10. I Have Been Right All Along
11. The End Of A Fraud

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Equal Vision Records
  • ASIN: B0007GP67E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rowdy Ruby on July 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Everyone is so quick to judge a band based on its genre. Call it emo, call it rock, call it pop punk - one thing will remain the same: this band knows how to write compelling and engaging music.

I'm an adult who likes a wide array of music, from the Cure to Bright Eyes to Xiu Xiu to the Used. In the case of these bands, there's been much more drawing me to them than just the music - it's all about the lyrics. And Armor For Sleep have used their ability to write thoughtful, intelligent, heart felt lyrics and taken that to a higher level by incorporating the concept of death into their latest album. While each song can hold up on its own, it's best experienced straight through, beginning to end. Armor For Sleep says things that I could never find the words to say; this album touches on friendship, love, regret and so much more. It's real and relatable.

Listen to the words, people. Stop griping about Ben Jorgenson's "whiney" voice for a few minutes and listen to what he's saying. Let the story unfold and immerse yourself. If it doesn't seize your heart like it did mine, check for a pulse.

This is a band writing genuine songs that are accessible as well as downright smart. Make it one of your favorites.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Franklin on February 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Here's the question. Is having a central theme throughout an album necessarily a good thing? My initial response would be yes. But in the case of Armor for Sleep's What To Do When You Are Dead, the songs are perhaps too similarly linked and have a hard time manifesting in and of themselves; most songs don't stand out as anything particularly special. A theme of being dead and looking into the reality that you once belonged to makes for good songs, but it's a theme that exists too overtly from track to track. They could have looked at the idea from several different angles, but the whole album pretty much says: I'm floating around out here and I'm trying to reconnect with a loved one. And that's all. So the initial concept is good, but the approach doesn't stick.

Also, in many songs, we have the case where the vocals and the lyrics carry more passion than the instruments--this seems to be a common pattern of modern rock releases of the decade. We don't experience a catharsis from the guitars and drums, and it leaves a feeling of the music being curtailed of its potential. And too often, there is little to no vocal variety, and we don't get enough mood transitions. There's that whiny, soul-searching feel and the mood just stays on that level. The only exceptions are "A Quick Little Flight" and "The End of a Fraud."

Now onto the better features--what made me want to buy the album in the first place. Wait...these are the same things I just addressed: the melancholy presence combined with the theme. So what I'm getting at is that on songs that I initially heard by Armor for Sleep ("The Truth About Heaven" and "Walking at Night, Alone") drew me in, but the album as a whole didn't carry the same magical presence. The singles are really what make the album. Oh yeah, and a haunting little "manual" titled "What to Do When You are Dead" accompanies the CD. I love this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Grebing on July 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Armor For Sleep has done it again. Their debut was a solid collection of catchy, sing-along, rock-a-liscious songs. Their 2nd album is the most pure, cohesive concept album since Operation Mindcrime. Each song blends perfectly into the next and they slow down at just the right moments. They manage to keep everything interesting despite a couple of down-tempo songs. The entire album is somewhat like a dream, which is obviously what they intended. "...Dead" is a perfect metaphor for being lost or broken hearted. Note: this album contains no - I repeat NO - inappropriate, idiot echo-screamer in the background. Thank the gods.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Jacobs on April 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A friend of mine recently said that Armor for Sleep was a triumph of style over substance. This may be true, but I couldn't care less when it's such good style.

What To Do When You Are Dead begins with a soft little song stating "I swear to God I'm gonna die tonight" (rewind before the first track!) before jumping into "Car Underwater", the first single from the album, which has a simple but effective guitar part and a nice chorus. It is then followed by some of the most consistently good and catchy emo/punk I've heard in a while. Nearly every song is above average.

Track 6 is another soft, vocally driven interlude that leads into "The More You Think the Less I Hear", the most aggressive song with a killer guitar hook, and is followed up by my favorite song on the disc, "Basement Ghost Singing", which has an electronic-led verse that goes into a powerful chorus. The next couple tracks are somewhat weak but are followed by another good one, "The End of a fraud," that reprises a bridge from "Remember to Feel Real", and makes it into an epic chorus, one that suitably ends a very solid album.

It's not the most original thing you'll ever hear, and perhaps it really is nothing more than style posing as substance, but this is still a very nice piece of work by Armor For Sleep. 4.5 stars rounds up to 5.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin on May 15, 2005
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I don't know whats with the one-star-happy people but I was very impressed with this CD. I do not own their first CD (Dream to Believe)yet so I can't compare. Maybe this is a good thing because I can't judge on past performance. These songs contained lots of emotional depth and conveyed their message to the listener with energy and grace coupled with an unpredictable edge. These guys did a kick ass job producing a great album with addicting songs that will keep you pressing the repeat button on more than a few occasions. Five stars is a must.
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