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05:17 PM on 01/14/12
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07:22 PM on 01/14/12
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I absolutely love the zany guitar riffs during the second verse.

Probably the only saving grace of the song for me. It's an ok song, but nothing special.


Are they still planning to release the album in March after the leak? I feel bad since it's like a 2 month gap.
There's release dates for a reason. March 13th is still the release date.

I'd be pretty surprised if we didn't see a digital release in the next two weeks. I'd like to see them pull a Thrice and put off the physical, but include a bunch of extras (there's an entire back-catalog of SA tracks we'd ALL love to hear re-recorded).
07:30 PM on 01/14/12
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1. Does anyone get a weird "Jesus of Suburbia" vibe from "The Stephen Hawking?"
2. Some of my favorite vocal parts are Sherri.

Same, it's okay--but nothing amazing. Still, I find it crazy that they aren't bumping up the release date. A two month leak could make this album D.O.A. They should at least send it to iTunes so fans can buy it. Some will download it and forget to buy it in two months because that's a long time away, and by then it'll be other new releases to focus on.

Are we listening to the same album?
What don't you like about it?
I actually think you're in the minority. I feel like a lot of folks will not care for this record.

I honestly don't really like the song Say Anything that much. A really good single would probably have been Overbiter.. it's just such a good jam.. best song on there imo is Peace Out.

While listening to Say Anything, the bass and guitar are so damn awesome (especially in the second verse) but during the chorus I can't help but cringe a bit.. its so repetitive and just sounds for filler. He could have put something much more meaningful in there instead of "I'd do anything for you"x3
Disagree on "Peace Out." I think "Burn A Miracle" is the best song of my three listens, though it's obviously the one I'm most familiar with.
A LOT of the songs have extremely repetitive choruses, and I don't understand why.
07:30 PM on 01/14/12
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the album doesn't sound like much thought was put into it.
That's what I thought on first listen. Not terrible, but a pretty sloppy, half-assed effort for an album that Max hyped as a make or break type thing.

Yeah, I can't put my finger on what it is that I don't like. It just seems like every song is still in the demo phases. Nothing feels fully fleshed out, and every song needs a little more (minus "Burn A Miracle," which I love).
07:31 PM on 01/14/12
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Their last album was simply produced to be a major label release, hence all the clean production and being overly produced. This album, I feel, is the most organic sounding album they've done. I think everyone was expecting ...is a real boy part two, since they went with Tim O'Heir again. The band has matured and grown since 2004. ...is a real boy part 2 won't happen. People need to learn this. Any band can make the same record multiple times, it takes real talent to broaden your musical ability.

Does anyone want IARB 2.0? I don't feel like that's the community's wish at all; we just wanted new Say Anything.
Also, self-titled was cleanly produced, but meh; doesn't sound major label to me.
07:57 PM on 01/14/12
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How awesome would it be if the leaked version of this album turned out to be a bunch of demo versions...I know it's incredibly unlikely and just downright stupid wishful thinking but I just really want this album to be so much better than it is.
I would love for you to be right.
08:58 PM on 01/14/12
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I think a lot of it was aimed to sound major, well about half of it. It fell short, but that's not a bad thing at all in my eyes. I loved IARB just like everyone else, but it's something they've already done. That album alone means so much to me. I don't want them to do another one. They're doing what I want from them now. They're making music that sets them apart from everyone else. They're sounding different. Not one album sounds like the last. Not one song sounds like the last. That's what I love about them. I'm excited to see the kinds of bands they'll tour with to support this record. I think it's opened up a lot more for them. We'll see though.

No, I agree. I just thought it was off you drove home the point so hard. SA has evolved greatly since IARB, and I don't think anyone wanted them to just make 2.0.

I don't feel like they're in the demo phases still. It could be my preference, but to me it sounds more raw and organic. I know he was going for more of a "live" setting for the songs. I think he pulled it off quite nicely. I'm excited to see how these are going to be played live.

The vocals are mixed wayyyyy overtop the music. The music doesn't pop like it needs to. I feel like claiming it's "organic" is kind of a cop out.
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