I review a shit load of records (everyone i've listened too) and records that for me that get over 80% are few and far between. Notables include punk in drublic, nevermind, the devil and god etc but this record did aswell. lyrically its nothing great but its 2 the point and i just get what he's trying to say, and the hooks and shredding r pretty badass. Some people probably don't feel his voice but he definatly found the range where he can hold his own on this record. Fuckin good shit, for me one of the most underrated records ive come across ever
This CD is miles above Still Searching in terms of musicianship and song-writing. I love all of Senses Fail's albums, so I'm not trashing SS, I just think the guitar, and drums especially are improved on this CD, and they were pretty damn great on SS. I've seen them live twice, one time, Buddy sounded not so great, but the second time, he sounded very very good, so I'm not sure what his deal is. But regardless, this is a great CD, and your review summed it up pretty well.
I think you downplayed the lyrics too much. For me, the lyrics were the main reason I liked the album. Ali for Cody was lyrically one of the best songs I've ever heard; though the instrumentals were mediocre so most people ignored it.
Senses fail is who they are, and thats that. Buddy Nielsen is a great singer and song writer. i'm pretty sure any of you dissing them couldn't do half the writing or singing he can. it's a unique sound. sure he doesn't sound like Greenday live, but can everybody? c'mon, you know they are good. and if you don't really care for them don't write stuff about them. Senses fail aww yee.
Buddy is my favorite vocalist. His voice is different, which makes it better. I can listen to Still Searching all the way through, but I can do the same with LINAWR. I almost want to say Waiting Room is my favorite from them. Not because it's new, but because I've listened to all three of their major albums and always find myself going straight for Waiting Room. Just my personal opinion. I'm hoping The Fire will stay like Waiting Room for the most part.