Story of the Year
Page Avenue


2.5
average

Review

by Justin Taslak USER (30 Reviews)
August 8th, 2008 | 34 replies | 7,520 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catchy band is catchy, and little else.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Story of the YearPage Avenue

Story of the Year was and is:
Dan Marsala – Vocals
Ryan Phillips – Lead Guitar
Philip Sneed – Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocals
Adam Russell – Bass, Backup Vocals
Josh Wills – Drums

Venture back to 2003 and enter Story of the Year (formerly Big Blue Monkey, but unfortunately the humorous name was already taken). Their first single off of their first album, Until the Day I Die, was blasting out of radios across the United States. Said song had everything a fan of mainstream post-hardcore could drool over; Simple yet catchy riffs, clean singing that eventually built up to climactic moments, lyrics full of teen-angst, and a length of 3:56, as to not bore the possible impatient listeners. This was a single though, and usually singles are supposed to appeal to a broader audience to spread popularity. Having not heard the entire album at the time of the release (I had yet to develop my own musical taste and simply listened to whatever everyone else wanted to), I expected some deeper musical creativity and subject matter within Page Avenue. To my dismay, Page Avenue was a contrived jumble of songs very similar to Until the Day I Die, with very few highlights in between. Even worse, Until the Day I Die is one of the top three songs on here.

The album starts off with a bang, as And the Hero Will Drown is overflowing with energy and emotion, complete with some of the album’s better lyrical and instrumental work. It also sports plenty of screaming, giving the listener a completely false impression of the band. There really isn’t much screaming anywhere else here, as the album is saturated with singing and little in addition. This is, again, radio-friendly post-hardcore. The average song on here will consist of generic instruments, generic (but fortunately very nice) vocals, and generic songwriting skills meshed together to produce a generic song. The format here is consistently verse-chorus-verse-chorus, if not a chorus before the first verse, and songs will often have more than two choruses. All of these truths about the band’s songwriting style explain their incredible popularity. If every song sounds the same, each song is going to be just as enjoyable as the last. The problem is the lack of innovation and sophistication, as catchiness cannot alone carve out a masterpiece, especially when it’s repetitive. This fact by itself could make the album’s third single, Sidewalks, one of the better tracks on the album. It is the only entirely acoustic song on the album (well, almost entirely), and it is mildly beautiful. Don’t expect anything of the same caliber of Thursday in this song, but it could easily be a mainstay on iPods everywhere.

To quickly sum up Story of the Year’s Page Avenue, it is a homeless person’s The Artist in the Ambulance. They take everything Thrice have to offer, minus the more complex riffs and superb songwriting, and make those elements a ****-load worse. There are occasionally nice semi-intricate riffs in here, as well as some smooth fills on drums, but apart from the singles and maybe two more tracks there isn’t anything worthwhile on this recording. One could say the entire album is enjoyable, but in the end the album is simply mediocre and does absolutely nothing to stand-out in the midst of the numerous pioneers and big-boys of the genre.

Pros:
Pretty good vocals
Four great tracks
Catchy, catchy, catchy

Cons:
Boring, after the first three tracks it’s hard not to want to just rewind and ignore everything else
You’ll say, “Haven’t I heard this before?” every three minutes
Pretty annoying lyrics, everything pertains to friendships and relationships

Recommended Tracks, and Why:

And the Hero Will Drown – The most complete song on here, it boasts excellent vocals (including screams) and some exciting instrumental work.

Until the Day I Die– Catchy riff, catchy chorus, and a nice vocal and instrumental buildup at the end. Unfortunately it has some of the worst lyrics on here, but the pros outweigh that one con.

Dive Right In – Great intro, some neat drum fills, and an alright chorus.

Sidewalks – A nice change of pace with acoustics and the singing is enjoyable most of the time.

Score:I’m stuck between a 2.5 and a 3, but this isn’t really good, so 2.5/5



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bustyagunz
August 8th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album doesn't really call for a much longer review, everything sounds the same.

Note: Because everything sounds the same, my recommended tracks could be way off save for the first two songs.

FooFighters123
August 8th 2008



73 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Why did you only give this 2.5, you are clearly biased, and this is bad review.

NEGNEGNEG

bustyagunz
August 8th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hehe
yea it was actually hard, cuz its a fun listen , just, the same.

FooFighters123
August 8th 2008



73 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

me kids you.

Good review man.

bustyagunz
August 8th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2008



17114 Comments


after the first three tracks it’s hard not to want to just rewind and ignore everything else


Its been working for me for the last 5 years.

Digging: Sad Lovers and Giants - Feeding the Flame

bustyagunz
August 8th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol, yup.

rasputin
August 8th 2008



14504 Comments


album sucks

AtavanHalen
August 8th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I much prefer their follow up, Watching Paint Dry.

rasputin
August 8th 2008



14504 Comments


haha

SpinLightTwo
August 8th 2008



1011 Comments


Yeah because Angels and Airwaves stomps these guys in the ground.

CushMG15
August 8th 2008



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Solid review. The only track that I listen to anymore on this is And The Hero Will Drown. If they could've kept that tempo for the rest of the cd, it might've been decent.

bustyagunz
August 8th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yea, its actually a pretty good song, too bad the album has the rest of the album.

foreverendeared
August 8th 2008



14678 Comments


HUGE guilty pleasure

StrizzMatik
August 8th 2008



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Meh. "Falling Down" is pretty cool but this album and band are so forgettable.

bustyagunz
August 8th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the guest vocalist makes falling down pretty good actually, i shoulda had that on the recommended list

AtavanHalen
August 8th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Angels and Airwaves stomps these guys in the ground.



fireaboveicebelow
August 8th 2008



6837 Comments


my god, I would much rather listen to barbara streisand than angels and airwaves, story of the year is at least tolerable

SpinLightTwo
August 8th 2008



1011 Comments


He took me out of context! I'm so surprised!







!

fireaboveicebelow
August 8th 2008



6837 Comments


I know you were sarcasic but atavanhalen and his exaggerated taste wasn't



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