Originally Posted by chadders
I enjoyed this album immensely, for the melodies, and interesting arrangements, but I think it says a lot about what is wrong with the US 'alternative' scene, or whatever you like to call it, that you can excuse so much plagiarism and even use the word 'cliche' in a positive context. The NME here in the UK stated it perfectly in this passage:
'You see, the problem is that a rigid adherence to the emo sound template is seen as evidence of talent by both American lavel and American fan alike, whereas innovation is usually rewarded by the sound of a door slamming and the scampering of scenekids' feet'
Aww, bless 'em
Soooo many big UK bands sound alike... not that I can name examples, but like... Brit Rock? There's a freaking genre for that sound!
I think that quote does hold true in some circumstances though, but not in others. It's back and forth, depending on the artist, and the particular maturation. Brand New? Everyone eats it up. Saves the Day? Everyone was repulsed. Go figure!