Saosin
Translating the Name


3.5
great

Review

by Zane W. USER (6 Reviews)
July 28th, 2007 | 19 replies | 3,597 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Saosin Crafts a fine Post Hardcore album, with varied music and likable vocals.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Saosin
Translating the Name EP

After hearing about Saosin from several of my female friends who obsess over every mainstream band to hit warped tour, I decided to take a listen, not really knowing what to expect. I chose the Translating the Name EP because it seemed to be the most well liked of their recordings. Needless to say, it took me by surprise.

As soon as I popped this CD into my computer, I was hit by “Seven Years,” which, for the first 30 seconds, wasn’t that great. But as soon as the wonderful soaring sung/screamed chorus hit, I was hooked. The chorus riff is different enough from the flowing verse riff to take you by surprise. It comes abruptly and immediately transitions back into the slow verse riff that suites vocalist Anthony Green’s singing so well. Right as the second verse starts you are truly introduced to the vocal power that is Anthony Green. His command of the upper registers is used to amazing effect on “Seven Years,” and the second verse in particular, really draws you into the song. Another standout feature of this track is the drumming, from the hi-hat fueled verses to the snare and crash chorus beat, tasteful fills are in abundance and suit the music very well.

Next up is “Translating the Name” the title track, and, to be honest, the verse featured just seems too similar to “Seven Years” in terms of vocals and instrumentation to really stand out. This track is the only one that feels a little bit like filler. It meanders along till about the 2 and a half minute mark, where the song picks up its pace and carries the upbeat feeling to the end. The ending of this song just doesn’t seem worth the wait.

Immediately following the title track is “3rd Measurement in C,” and upbeat track featuring a running drum beat that pushes through the entire song. Anthony hits a few lower notes in the verses of this song, which changes up the vocals enough to remain interesting. This is probably the heaviest track on this CD, with some of the best guitar tandem between Justin Shekoski and Beau Burchell, rhythm and lead guitarists, respectively.

Anther standout song to be found here is “lost symphonies” which hits you from the start with a calm guitar riff and vocals that quickly move between high and extremely high, which contrasts the guitar work nicely. This song also features some of Anthony greens oddest lyrics, featuring lines like “Siren siren, don't do this dance in my ear.” While being odd, the lyrics and vocal style of this song is in no way off-putting. Also of note is the nice tom fill near the end of the first chorus, transitioning from the chors to the verse very tastefully.

Last up is “They Perch On Their Stilts Pointing and Daring Me to Break Custom,” which features more of Anthony deliciously atonal singing, with a hard riff to start the song and throw you straight in the action. About halfway through the verse is an urgent riff that is one of my favorites on the album. A very well song chorus is a nice addition, with some catchy vocal melodies that, by about the third listen, will have you singing it merrily in your head for the rest of the day.
Overall

Entertaining listen, overall suffers from being a bit repetitive making it less enjoyable for the long term listener. Another issue is bass. To be honest, there really is none, only at certain moments can you even hear a little bass. Other than those points, fun backing music and original lyrics, coupled with a somewhat off-putting singer, make Saosin's Translating the Name good, but not great. 3.5/5

Pros
- Varied drumming
- Fun guitar work
- Nice vocals after you get used to them

Cons
- Takes a while to get used to vocals
- Suffers from some repetitiveness

Recommended Tracks
- Seven Years
- Lost Symphonies



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Comments:Add a Comment 
StrizzMatik
July 28th 2007



3182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good EP. Sad since they've never topped it since, Green is a far better vocalist than the newer guy.

Cravinov13
July 28th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They were so much better before they realeased the s/t full length.This Message Edited On 07.28.07

LaidToRest329
July 28th 2007



158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I totally agree with both of you
Saosin with anthony > circa survive

Fort23
July 28th 2007



2475 Comments


This is a pretty nice review, though don't do your two first reviews in a day. You Want to take your time. This is a pretty good Ep, though I like new Saosin as well. Crica Survive is pretty damn boring.

Aficionado
July 28th 2007



1027 Comments


PLeasee. Don't write more than 2 reviews a day.

LaidToRest329
July 28th 2007



158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I had written the first one about 3 days ago but didnt get around to posting it and I was just bored today so here we are.This Message Edited On 07.28.07

Aficionado
July 28th 2007



1027 Comments


No worries, aslong as you just don't exceed that many in one day. Why you might ask? Well, reviews that other reviews have written get pushed right off the main page and it's not really that fair to those people who worked so hard on those reviews.

Just a heads up.

LaidToRest329
July 28th 2007



158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

o ok I see

Thanks for the heads up

PhoenixRising
July 28th 2007



277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anthony Green's time with the band was their best. EP's pretty good, althought you could see from space that these guys would be a hit with the teenie-boppers. This Message Edited On 07.28.07

tribestros
July 28th 2007



918 Comments


This album blew. The new vocalist is oh, so much better.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This and the Saosin s/t are about equal to me now. They both blow Circa outta the water.

astrel
July 28th 2007



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^That really isn't saying much.

Cravinov13
July 28th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tribes comment again proves his lack of credibility.

HangEmHigh
July 28th 2007



282 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Both Saosin albums just grate on me. The vocals are a bit to high for my tastes and the instruments sound pretty bland, besides the great drumming.

The_One
July 29th 2007



32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is amazing. highly innovative.

Anthony Green is superb.

Fire Away
July 30th 2007



293 Comments


I think Cove is a better singer, just, but Cove sucks at writing songs (except Sleepers of course)

StrizzMatik
August 17th 2007



3182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The drumming is spectacular on this CD. Ironically, he was a session guy too. But yeah new Saosin can't even compare to old in any way.

robin2220
August 17th 2007



569 Comments


I agree. The EP is good.This Message Edited On 08.17.07

astrel
August 17th 2007



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Drummer is sick. Anthony Green might be a better vocalist overall, but I just like Cove better. Everything Green stays in turns out to be really crappy.This Message Edited On 08.17.07



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