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ANARCHY, MY DEAR

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (March 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Equal Vision Records
  • ASIN: B0071BY05M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I think it is difficult for anyone reviewing a Say Anything record to not mention ...Is a Real Boy. The majority of Say Anything fans came into the band on that record which is coupled with the fact that it is an extraordinary piece of music. As such, it is has always proven difficult for listeners to forget that album when listening to the latest offering by Say Anything. People seem to have a knack for automatically judging new records against ...Is a Real Boy. A comparison that I find only brings a yearning for a sonic regression and meaningless scapegoats as to why the newest album isn't as enjoyable as Boy.

Anarchy, My Dear defies expectations in many ways and not all of them are strong points. It is clear that Max could write an album of angry songs filled with angst if he wanted to. Indeed, there are moments of that on the record ala "Burn a Miracle" and "Admit It Again". Yet, these somehow feel out of place amidst a shower of slower, mid-tempo tunes.

Like it or not, Max has his life together. He is no longer a depressed, drug-addled mess. Boy was a reflection of his life at the moment which makes it highly unlikely that a record in that vein will ever be made again. Max writes from his life experiences and that makes his work stand out in that it is so damn sincere. Despite the cheesiness of certain lyrics on songs like "So Good", these are straight from the heart. It makes songs like the two aforementioned seem out of place in the context of the others.

Musically, the band is as strong as ever. Coby's drum work is tight and Max's penchant for melody is not lost. Lyrically, however, most of the songs feel simplistic. Those familiar with Max's Painful Splits work are going to find a lot of similarities (in fact, I notice a common line or two).
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I'm not sure why the reviews aren't more expressive of how good this is. This is not exactly their first album like they kept saying, but it does have that sound production wise, and for me it's pretty exciting like that record was. Every song is great, except for "Sheep", which is just ok (to me) although that one's growing a little. The guitars on here aren't that distorted, but they are just a 'rocking' as any of their other songs if not more. These songs are great, and to me it seems like they are headed in a great direction. These songs are authentic sounding and not over-produced like the last album, actually this album is better sounding than their last two albums. The lyrics are great too especially in 'the stephen hawking', which is one of their best songs period I think. I just saw them live and they did that one and it was incredible (at starland in NJ), the ending was really incredible and I felt emotional watching them they are so good live. Get this album, and just be open minded, but know that this album is a million times better than their self-titled one, and I think I like it more than 'In Defense'. I would probably give it 4 and a half stars but it's a great one. Admit it again is even good, which I was skeptical of since it's a sequel to a song. Also, see them live. Or don't, since that will keep their ticket prices down.
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Say Anything's Max Bemis has certainly been busy lately. Between Say Anything, Perma, Painful Splits, Two Tongues, and the songs he writes specifically for individual people with his own song shop service, I had been starting to wonder whether a new Say Anything album would retain that same uniqueness and passion that sets each apart. This isn't a band that's been afraid to switch it up, and as a result, we have seen 3 distinctive LPs (4 if you count the out of print Baseball) and this latest one continues the trend of standing out from the rest. Each and every song on here sounds different from the last, and almost of them have sacrificed the punk rock-style driving guitars that have been featured prominently on In Defense of the Genre and Self-Titled. Instead, increased emphasis has actually been placed on the bass, which really rises to prominence here on some tracks, as well as keyboards and a host of other instruments, even harmonicas; the whole bit.

As far as overall direction, we're seeing a few different things here. Though Max has said that he wanted this album to be a lot less slick and "polished" than Self-Titled, the final product retains the same radio-friendly songwriting and (mostly) lighthearted subject matter of that album, once again foregoing the swearing almost entirely; there are no songs like "Little Girls" or "In Defense of the Genre," on here, that's for sure. However, Anarchy My Dear brings back much of the quirkiness, both lyrically and musically, that was in far shorter supply on Self-Titled, and I think this album's stronger for it.
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Very good album. Favs-The Stephen Hawking, peace out, of steel, admit it again, so good. Its one of those cd's you play your favorites then listen more and realize how much you like the additional songs and then they become favorites too.
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