Say No More - What You Thought You Knew
Record Label: Rushmore / Drive Thru Records
Release Date: October 30, 2007
When you are a band in today's music scene, it's hard to stay relevant and creative at the same time. Many bands try to pull off being creative and fall flat on their face, while other bands just do as their predecessors did, and fall into obscurity. In the case of Say No More, and their latest release What You Thought You Knew, the band is able to stay relevant while exuding a natural charisma about themselves that makes for quite the pleasant listen.
The opening track, "Masquerade," has an up-tempo beat with a serene acoustic guitar strumming in the background. It makes for an easy listen and a strong opening track. All of the songs on the album pull off strong hooks and vocal deliveries - they could be compared to Justin Pierre's (Motion City Soundtrack) delivery. A standout track on the disc is "Long Drive Home" which has been tailored for radio rock everywhere. "Long Drive Home" will most likely be the song to break these guys out and have them being emblazoned on hipster's t-shirts everywhere. The quiet addition of synth into the songs also adds texture and makes them even catchier (if that's possible). The song "Tell Me What You're Thinking" is basically Say No More's version of "Hey There Delilah." This song is somewhat more likable than "Hey There Delilah" though because of the quality of the acoustic guitar, and the vocalist shouldn't get on your nerves after the first minute.
Although Say No More are doing what everyone else is doing, they just seem to be doing it better. The musicians know how to play, and they have a vocalist who can actually sing. They have strong lyrics and a good sound. They will be hurt for sounding like everyone else, but they are the kind of band that will still be around in ten years, rather than the more popular band right now, who will disband in a couple months because they don't like the lead singer/s new hoodie.
Say No More sound like a less synthy version of Motion City Soundtrack. With smart vocal delivery and strong musicianship, this band should be breaking out at any minute. What You Thought You Knew is definitely a step in the right direction for this band; hopefully they only get better from here.
I love this album! I hate when you buy albums and skip every other song. But with this one I can actually listen to every song more than once in a row. They seem like really great, talented guys. Its nice to see them doing well!