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Max Bemis, the musician who makes music under the band name Say Anything, says doing the new Say Anything CD, In Defense of the Genre, was a draining experience. But at least it was taxing for the right reasons. "In its scope and in the fact that I had to put 100 percent of myself into it, as I have to do because it's a lot about me, recording most of the instruments and singing all of (vocals), and also it being a double album, it really took a lot out of me," Bemis said of In Defense of the Genre. ''But it was an extremely pleasurable, almost like a luxurious experience." On In Defense of the Genre, the Say Anything sound has grown a bit harder and edgier, with songs like 'Surgically Removing The Tracking Device' and the title track among the songs that pack a particular big punch. But Bemis' talent for strong pop melodies is also intact, and for a two-CD set with so many songs, the quality of the music is notably consistent.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • ASIN: B000VWYJAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ok, so I was a huge fan of say anything's first cd and have been waiting for this album for a couple of years now. At first I have to admit that I thought this album kinda sucked. It is very different than .....Is A Real Boy. But as it goes with many cd's, and this one for sure, the more you listen, the more you will like it. The lyrics are great as you would expect from Max and he brings in pretty much everyone involved in the Pop Punk scene today, to do some guest work, including Chris from Saves the Day, Kenny from The Starting Line, and like 15 others. Theres a couple songs that I skip over but out of 27 Id say that at least 22 are great so thats a pretty good ratio. If you have not heard much Say Anything, I would tell you to get their first cd before this but if you are a fan then I totally recommend this cd. Give it 5 spins before you rate it and you will see how awesome it gets. One thing I wish they had more of on this cd, are the gang vocals which is one reason why I loved the first album more, but still over all, this cd is pretty sweet. Pick it up and let it grow on you like a chia!
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Allright, after having ...was a realy boy in heavy rotation shortly before this came out, it was a no brainer. I had it for a couple of months before I gave it all that much attention. I have listened to this album A LOT. To be honest, I don't see what all the bitchin is about. It seems to be a lot like the last album which is fine with me, I love them both. At a glance, it seems to be different, more electronic sounding, but when you get down to it, it's fantastic and really pretty similar to the last. So, if you loved Was/is a real boy, i think you'll probably love this too.
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...Is A Real Boy was such an amazing album I didn't really know what to expect from In Defense of The Genre. Especially since Say Anything has gotten much bigger since the release of their first album...But WOW this album blew me away! Every song is incredible and the diversity of the tracks is just...WOW. In my Eyes Max is the greatest songwriter of our generation, the raw emotion he puts into every song is unbelievable. Buy This album and just listen and you will be blown away...
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This album is great! I do agree it take a few listens to really get, unlike their previous work which just sort of speaks to you and then never shuts up! Max is a phenomenal songwriter and lyricist, and after seeing them live twice in one week, (both shows in FL on the myspace tour) I have to say that Say Anything has the potential to be a band that stays around for a long time to come and will have a huge following! Not that they aren't already huge for the fans that know them and their previous work, but the music and lyrics on this record far surpass anything that they have done before and will be considered, at least in my opinion, to be some of their most prolific work ever!

The music so diverse it is hard to say what genre they are, but that is what makes them so great! I recommend the second half of both cd's first, tracks 9 to the end are the best! Not to say that first half of each is not great and they will grow on you for sure, but to begin with, those tracks that I mentioned will blow your mind!
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This is my favorite band in the whole world! I recently ordered four of their cds off of Amazon new, and I thought that since this cd was made in 2004,(I think)I thought there would be no way this cd could come to me new. But I got this and three other cds each in their original packaging, for cheaper then buying from the store. I am a happy consumer :)
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I can't speak for the previous review, but I bought this album from Target (of all places) for $7.98, and it is one of the best albums of the year. I was wary of the hype, to be honest, after it was selected as one of the Best Albums of the Year by both Alternative Press and Spin, but I was curious and it was cheap. Needless to say, I was amazed! It is a double album full of bitchin' (yeah, I'm bringing it back) songs and I doubt you can get more bang for your buck than this album even at full price. I've been hearing that their first single is tanking on radio (in Denver at least), but they aren't a very radio-friendly band. They have at least 10 songs on the album that are better than their current single. Give them a chance and I promise that you won't be disappointed. The album is worth it for the song "About Falling" alone.
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Whoa......this CD is completely amazing. It totally surprised me, completely surpassing anything on Is A Real Boy and has shown that this band is probably one of the best punk rock bands around, and they really have a bright future ahead of them if they continue like this. This 27-song CD IS unfortunately too long (and about 10 of those songs I didn't like,) but 17 songs on here are absolutely amazing and so interesting and so powerful. It's truly great stuff. Listening to this entire CD may prove disjointed but once you find out which songs to skip (or better yet, upload the CD onto your computer and only pick the songs you like,) continuously listening to this CD provides an epic experience unlike anything I've ever felt with a rock CD before. Max Bemis is probably the best lyricist currently in rock music and his dark sense of humor as well as the autobiographical nature of many of these songs provide some very deep lyrics that are always interesting and sometimes very true-to-life. This guy tells it like it is. Musically this band's also come a very long way since their debut CD, and the variety is never ending here; slow songs, fast-paced screaming songs, punk rock songs, sincere love songs....it's all done so well on here. Had it not been for those extra 10 tracks this would have been a PERFECT CD but if you skip through those you've still got 17 great songs on here, and that's more than most CD's provide. This is an amazing CD and Say Anything fans and rock fans should definitely check it out, there are so many layers here and there's so much to these songs and hidden melodies and the band's traditional "mid-song tone changes" keep these songs all very fresh.Read more ›
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