Saosin
Saosin


4.0
excellent

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
August 16th, 2007 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Saosin has moved away from their screamo roots; for the better.

Look, I don't care what you think of Saosin-before and after Anthony Green. To me, his whiny voice etched marks into my ears, and I'm not a big screamo fan. His screams were less than desirable, and I just didn't enjoy their Translating the Name (Death Do Us Part) EP one bit. But let me set one thing straight, this album is better than anything Anthony Green has ever touched. This album should have came out a long time ago with Green at the vocals, but let me tell you how happy I am that Cove Reber is the new lead singer. His voice is soothing, addicting, and so, so much better than Anthony Green.

It's hard to believe this is Saosin's first full-length album, as it seems they've been around forever. In 2003, the Translating the Name (Death Do Us Part) turned screamo fans' heads, and their energetic live performances gained a gigantic fanbase; but at this point, Saosin hadn't even released a full-length album. But when Saosin did, they gained a loyal, die-hard fanbase that praised their every move, quite simply because their self-titled debut is that good. Even though Saosin has moved away from the screamo label, they've managed to stay within the emo sub-genre, which doesn't hurt my feelings one bit because they are truly best without the screaming.

The only problem with Saosin's self-titled debut is that you really don't want to over-praise it, because they could easily let you down with a follow-up. This is usually the problem with most debuts; as they are over-praised, then the follow up doesn't come anywhere near the debut's greatness. Well, I've got faith in Saosin, because this album is just that good. The song You Are Not Alone would have been enough to keep me happy and content, but songs like It's Far Better to Learn, Voices, and Follow and Feel make this album truly great. Not only that, the album is original, as the guitarist works his guitar well, often making unique, fast-paced Guitar Hero ready riffs while the drumming in the back is fantastic and makes the album feel almost metalcore in parts.

The album never really drags either, from the rockin' opener It's Far Better to Learn, the album asserts itself with its massively catchy chorus and fast pace, and never lets up or even drags. And while most of the songs feature the same traditional song structure like It's So Simple and Voices, the songs all seem completely different from one another and are just amazingly catchy. Voices is probably the album's hardest rocker, kicking off with a furious guitar riff, then into a slower verse before breaking out into a crazed, loud chorus where Reber tries his hardest to scream-and it works.

Outside of You Are Not Alone, the album retains a prototypical quiet verse, loud chorus, quiet verse song structure. But the song that sticks out the most on this album is You Are Not Alone, which is the most emotional, heart-felt ballad from Saosin. Its arguably one of my favorite songs of all time, and easily my favorite Saosin song. Kicking off with a mellow guitar riff, the song slows down into a lower verse where Reber sings lowly before it breaks into an emotional, epic, and catchy chorus that completely makes the song unforgettable.

But by the end, even though the songs are well varied, the songs seem all to alike. The songs start out with a hard-edged guitar riff before going into a slower verse and then into a loud chorus, and so on and so forth. While its only minor, its something Saosin needs to work on. The album is one of my favorites of 2006, never seems to bore, and it shows real promise. The album's guitar work, drumming, and vocal work is all excellent-and Saosin stands out in a rather bland and boring genre. Whether you're into emo or not, this album is a must-have for any rock fan.

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It's Far Better to Learn
It's So Simple
Voices
You Are Not Alone



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lunchforthesky
August 16th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hate this band and this kind of music which btw is not screamo. Good review.

plane
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2007


6094 Comments


It's just pretty boring.

tribestros
August 16th 2007


918 Comments


Their old album was screamo.

lunchforthesky
August 16th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No it wasn't. It was extremely poppy post hardcore. Screamo is a type of hardcore music in the vein of Circle Takes the Square, Saetia and Pg. 99.

ToWhatEnd
August 16th 2007


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoyable record, pretty good review.

PhoenixRising
August 16th 2007


277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"...this album is better than anything Anthony Green has ever touched."

wow

Anyway, I always felt these guys were pretty meh. And not just because their fanbase looks like a jr. high field trip to warped tour.This Message Edited On 08.16.07

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Saosin (old) being emo is like calling Circa Survive a progressive band or saying Saosin (new) is a post-hardcore. Yeah they probably listened to like Grade but they were a pop-core band.
This is a very good album though. Better than anything by Circa but I don't know about Translating.

DaveBum69
August 16th 2007


699 Comments


you shoot be arrested for that whole first paragraph, translating the name is better than this whole album, not just becasue of anthony, the music was better to.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 16th 2007


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There's no way this is better than Circa Survive... It's pedestrian pop-rock at its best.

SpinLightTwo
August 16th 2007


1043 Comments


This is enjoyable sometimes. Green has a great voice but Circa sound just comes out to be so stale.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2007


15743 Comments


Anthony's voice destroys this guys.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

tribestros
August 17th 2007


918 Comments


Anthony whines too much, I don't enjoy screamo, and Circa Survive seems like they're ripping too many progressive bands off.

robin2220
August 17th 2007


569 Comments


This is a terrible album.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 17th 2007


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote='tribestos'] Anthony whines too much, I don't enjoy screamo, and Circa Survive seems like they're ripping too many progressive bands off. [/quote] Ripping off prog bands is more creative and better sounding than ripping off the most generic pop-punk acts of the past decade.This Message Edited On 08.17.07

lunchforthesky
August 17th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ripping off prog bands is more creative and better sounding than ripping off the most generic pop-punk acts of the past decade.


Winner.

The_One
August 17th 2007


32 Comments


Great review!

However, Anthony Green and the Translating the Name EP are much more solid then this album ever will be. Ant is a whole lot cooler live too. Cove is kinda :/

Fire Away
August 17th 2007


293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Green sounds like a woman

tribestros
August 17th 2007


918 Comments


I really don't see Saosin as pop-punk.

Green Day, Sum 41, seem pop punk.

fathergoat
August 17th 2007


55 Comments


You don't see pop punk but you see Saosin being part hardcore?

Decent review minus complete genre inaccuracy.

StrizzMatik
August 17th 2007


3207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Translating The Name/old Saosin >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> new Saosin and esp. this album

This record is the epitome of cookie-cutter mediocrity. 2002 called fellas, they want their music back.

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