Underoath
They're Only Chasing Safety Special Edit


2.0
poor

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
December 7th, 2008 | 37 replies | 12,149 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New artwok by Jacob Bannon? Check, bonus songs? Check, really lacklustre music? Check.

3 of 7 thought this review was well written

They’re Only Chasing Safety, a peculiar title and yet somewhat apt at describing the sound on this album. Let’s face it with exception of Underoath’s recent albums and their second ep their music has been rather mediocre. Unfortunately whilst earlier recordings like Act of Depression and The Changing of Times weren’t so much as bad as they were poorly done, Chasing Safety is a perfect representation of the word “failure”.

As with all albums featuring a change in their front-man the burden was on the band to produce something that would put the old fans of Dallas Taylor in their place. But that didn’t work out too well, in an attempt to maintain the sound of earlier records whilst making something new Spencer Chamberlain focused on screaming like Taylor and adding his own brand of clean singing to the mix.

The problem with this is that Spencer Chamberlain is not Dallas Taylor nor is he the same type of singer and the major let down is that whilst trying to imitate a vocalist he has little in common with vocally his actual ability which is showcased on later works goes completely to waste. Another issue with this album seems to be the lack of flow, not so much in the cohesiveness of the record but in the cohesiveness of the band. Having gone through their biggest line up change from their previous album to this it seems obvious that the band members did not see eye to eye at the time of recording.

The simplified song structures and focus on making catchy pop numbers over interesting songs is so blatantly obvious that it boggles the mind as to what was going on in the studio. In fact the biggest let down on the album is the sheer lack of technical prowess. Underoath has always been known to have an incredible amount of raw ability instrumentally and yet with this it’s as though the band regressed to a group of children who’ve just mastered the power chord. Guitar work isn’t the only area at fault, Aaron Gillespie’s drumming has often been a driving force in the band’s music, so the watered down baby-beats that are present come off as a really disappointing effort.

Vocally the album is by far the weakest representation of the current line-up's vocals. Spencer lacks the depth he has since developed and Aaron sounds rather weakened, not to mention monotonous. The only member who gives a consistent performance throughout the album is Chris Dudley who is quite the master at creating interesting electronic sounds to accompany the other instruments without coming off as a cheesy attempt to sound original. Although Dudley doesn’t create the dissonant static atmospheres of Lost in the Sound of Separation or the epic-journey of Define the Great Line, he is still quite impressive.

Another weak point of the album is the lyrics. Although they’ve never been a band for fantastic lyrics the lyrics on this album are incredibly generic, lines like;

“Well, look who's dying now slit wrists for sleepingwith the girl next door”

One can’t help but feel a sensation of nausea, the lyrics are just pathetic especially when compared to the band’s earlier and later work. It’s not to the say the lyrics bring the album down greatly but combined with the other large faults of the album it just adds to the disappointment the listener feels.With all this said there is one area I’d like to focus on specifically;

Special Edition Bonus Tracks:
This version of the album contains four tracks that were absent from the original release and the sad thing is they’re better than anything on the regular track list. “I’ve Got Ten Friends And A Crowbar That Says You Aren’t Gonna Do Jack” bears a similarity to Define the Great Line opener “In Regards to Myself” which is both a positive and negative because clearly the band were capable of making music of a higher calibre than the majority of the record. Similarly the other bonus tracks wouldn’t be too out of place on Define and they benefit the album well.

Overall the album is somewhat lacklustre, it seems that the band had difficulties coming together as a unit on this album and these issues transfer over into the album very obviously. The lack of cohesiveness on both individual tracks and the entire album makes for a rather uncomfortable listen. The bonus tracks are just that, a bonus and they make up for some of the album’s faults but even four good tracks aren’t enough to pull this album out of the musical tar pit it seems to be stuck in.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2008



17920 Comments


'it's dangerous business...' rules but the rest sucks really badly

so glad they kick ass now

Bleak123
December 7th 2008



1902 Comments


fuck you! i was gonna be reviewing underoath's whole discography minus the last 2 records and you're ruining it for me

lol, i should review quicker but i don't get much time for it

Bleak123
December 7th 2008



1902 Comments


haha, dw man i've already done act of depression. all i wanna do now is cries of the past, the changing of times and they're only chasing safety normal edition.
this is a pretty awesome review anyway so pos.
also, looking forward to the define review

foreverendeared
December 7th 2008



14678 Comments


yeah great review. I still don't think this album sucks that much. i mean the songwriting is pretty mediocre and the sound is poppy, but i still think it makes for a fun album. Although, i definitely wouldn't have liked it if they put out another album like this. DtGL is definitely their masterpiece

Bleak123
December 7th 2008



1902 Comments


i don't like this album at all, not gonna lie

Zippermouth
December 7th 2008



1305 Comments


and yet with this it’s as though the band regressed to a group of children who’ve just mastered the power chord.

The Offsping are coming to slay you.
Good review, btw.This Message Edited On 12.07.08

roofi
December 7th 2008



959 Comments


I still love this album, that probably makes me lame, but whatever. The DVD that comes along with this is quite hilarious too.

OllieS
December 7th 2008



2029 Comments


terrible song names

Bleak123
December 7th 2008



1902 Comments


terrible album

Zippermouth
December 7th 2008



1305 Comments


^true

jmzbrdlybird
December 7th 2008



23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not as bad as everyone on here thinks imo. i think its coz u all come from a place where scene kids, or emokids, or 'hardcore kids' (lolz) think its awsome, n maybe if u didnt see any of tht u wouldnt hate it as much... ?
im from a small town in new zealand, this was pretty fun to dance to at party's back in the day, n we didnt have tht god sent scene at all at that point.. so yea imo 3/5?

Bleak123
December 7th 2008



1902 Comments


i just don't like it because the musics pretty bad not gonna lie

jmzbrdlybird
December 7th 2008



23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol,ok, sweet as,im not a fan of underoath, but i remember this album being fun.
2.5/5

change ur avatar back 2 the pax cecila dude, i was gona use tht before i saw u had it.

Circa4life
December 8th 2008



289 Comments


Meh, I dont care what anyone says, I still enjoy this album. I will say thought they have come a long way and for the better!

jmzbrdlybird
December 8th 2008



23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think some of the bonus songs are a terrible excuse to re-release this. i dont know why u think theyre better than the rest of the album...
'10 friends and a crow bar' is probably one of the better songs on the album, but arent the rest earlier versions of songs from the origional album + an instrumental...?

jmzbrdlybird
December 8th 2008



23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ps. how do i do quotes on here? so that i can refer to comments i dont agree with. my above comment was basically in reference to Reddannihilation's "The regular album is a 1.5/5 for me, the bonus songs are pretty much the only songs I can stand."

Bleak123
December 8th 2008



1902 Comments


change ur avatar back 2 the pax cecila dude, i was gona use tht before i saw u had it.

do you not like my current beautiful one?


Zippermouth
December 8th 2008



1305 Comments


Your avatar right now is hawt. keep it.

Bleak123
December 8th 2008



1902 Comments


ok then

bastard
December 8th 2008



3435 Comments


i think he's saying that he wants to give anal warts.



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