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Story of the Year - Page Avenue Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 6.75
Production 9
Creativity 7.5
Lasting Value 10
Reviewer Tilt 10
Final Verdict: 85%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.95
Musicianship 7.64
Lyrics 6.73
Production 8.07
Creativity 7.59
Lasting Value 8.11
Reviewer Tilt 8.07
Average: 77%
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Story of the Year - Page Avenue

Reviewed by: Klatzke (01/30/09)
Story Of the Year - Page Avenue
Release Date: September 2003
Record Label: Maverick Records


Page Avenue is, in a way, a sleeper hit. Everyone heard "Until the Day I Die" when it hit mainstream radio, and even more were caught in Story of the Year's web with "Anthem Of Our Dying Day." The number of people that actually know the marvel that is Page Avenue in it's entirety seem fairly slim, however.

Their radio hits were, well, radio-hit songs. Dan Marsalla has a singing voice that seems to go over well with the overall masses of listeners, and the soaring choruses in these two tracks were all too easy to sing along with. Sure, one of the greatest things about this album was their knack for throwing catchy hooks together. However, what tends to go unnoticed is the shear aggression they harness in other places. Ryan Phillips can throw out some deadly riffs, and in the places where they utilize them, Marsalla can rip out a vicious scream. Neither of these, on their own, is where Page Avenue succeeds. Instead, the attraction of these tracks lie in Story of the Year's ability to strike a seemingly perfect balance between aggression and their much more pop-oriented side. There are tracks that go one way or another; "Until the Day I Die" is basically just straight up pop-rock, while "Divide and Conquer" is dominated by Marsalla's screaming and Josh Wills' frenetic drumming. More of them seem to lend towards the lighter side, but if it wasn't for the doses of heaviness scattered throughout the album, I doubt it would have had half the impact on me it did. Not only is it catchy, their tunes are fairly intelligent throughout. While they do delve a bit into the cliche lyrically, for the most part the structures are interesting and this just comes across as one hell of a debut album.

Story of the Year's Page Avenue was a crowning achievement in this bursting scene. It was catchy, radio friendly, and displayed an enormous amount of potential that you can see being put to in their albums to date. This was short and sweet, but if it was required of me, I could spend 2000 words on this album (you got off easy). I don't think Story of the Year has yet to surpass the simple charm of Page Avenue with their following albums, and it's going to be a hard feat to accomplish.

Recommended If You LikeSenses Fail's Life Is Not A Waiting Room; Lostprophet's Start Something

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05:09 PM on 02/07/09
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Woah! I just made a Page Avenue thread last night.

Definitely agree with you. I absolutely love this record and it's unbelievable from start to finish. I'm surprised 'Razorblades" wasn't used as a single because it was so great.
12:19 PM on 02/08/09
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Woah! I just made a Page Avenue thread last night.

Definitely agree with you. I absolutely love this record and it's unbelievable from start to finish. I'm surprised 'Razorblades" wasn't used as a single because it was so great.
SOTY actually didn't want to put Razorblades on the album at all. The label made them put it on the record because it was one of their old songs, they just revised and made it sound way way way better. But i agree with you Razorblades is a great track. It's weird knowing that the band hates the song haha.
01:19 PM on 02/08/09
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the title I want is too long </3
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ah, i love this record. <3
11:38 AM on 02/09/09
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good review. Even though the members didnt like it so much i agree 100% with the author
12:35 PM on 02/09/09
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I really enjoyed this record to be honest.
01:44 PM on 02/09/09
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I love this CD a lot. Just about every song is really good IMO.
04:07 PM on 02/09/09
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My first record ever. Brilliant review.
04:37 PM on 02/09/09
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My first record ever. Brilliant review.
Gracias
05:08 PM on 02/09/09
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You're welcome. You do this record some incredible justice, and I'm incredibly grateful for it. You most likely know why. But a little reiteration never hurt.
07:31 AM on 02/10/09
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I remember I used to listen to this album a lot in 2004.
02:58 PM on 02/11/09
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" don't think Story of the Year has yet to surpass the simple charm of Page Avenue with their following albums, and it's going to be a hard feat to accomplish."

HIGHly disagree. If you are talking about feeding the masses and commercialism added with trendiness then I will agree with that.

The Black Swan > In The Wake Of Determination > Page Avenue

You want "deadlier" riffs and more screaming, added with much more confidence, then Black Swan is their crowning achievement. And their on Epitaph now too which makes it way more harder to crown, sales wise, Page Avenue. I disagree with this review but I do agree with it when it comes to being pop-sell-records-commercial.

This band stated they do not care anymore (in the wake single ring a bell?). But overall, your review was very good. Nice choice of words and great grammar and structure. It did interest me. I just disagree.
04:20 PM on 02/11/09
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really enjoy this album
08:25 PM on 02/11/09
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This album was good back when John Feldman's producing was good.

"Sidewalks" and "Anthem..." wrote my sophomore year in college. Good memories.
08:27 PM on 02/11/09
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It's good to see the positive response.
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