Say Anything
Say Anything


4.5
superb

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
November 10th, 2009 | 384 replies | 42,858 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you're into the movie "High Fidelity" you'll love this album.

If you hate Say Anything, Say Anything isn’t going to do a Goddamn thing to change that. All the reasons to hate Max Bemis and Co., the self assuredness, the all too self aware irony, the hints of utter douchery, the obnoxious vocals and tacky freak outs are all still here and perhaps in even greater amounts than ever before. After a string of records that include an album that has been pretty much disowned, one that could nearly be called a musical, and a (pop-punk) double album, it was going to be hard for Say Anything to surprise anyone with their self titled effort. They did what is perhaps the most surprising thing possible: make an unabashedly pop record, and be even more ridiculously ironic than ever before.

Throughout the course of the album, you’ll notice the fact that SA pretty much took the pop aspects from In Defense of the Genre, threw them in a more …Is a Real Boy type package, and for good measure threw in a beachy love song just to piss people off. While lead single “Hate Everyone” and the next couple tracks (“Do Better” and “Less Cute”) come off as silly pop blips, they are just as well written as anything from their past and feature catchier hooks and melodies than you’re probably used to hearing include the phrase “He's like a Wal-Mart version of you/But he'll have to do”. “Eloise” and “Mara and Me” are more traditionally classic Say Anything numbers, with “Eloise” managing to be a more serious “*** off, girl” song than “That is Why” ever managed to be. “Mara and Me” is possibly this reviewers new favorite Say Anything song; imagine if “ArcArsenal” by At the Drive-In was an artsy-fartsy pop rock song rather than an artsy-fartsy hardcore song. Yeah, blows your mind (I know).

Lyrically, Bemis decides to take the silliness and chic irony to new heights while perhaps leaving less to the imagination. While there are obvious standout moments, unlike in the past songs most often are actually more entertaining taken as wholes (Yeah blows your mind [I know]). “Crush’d” is fanatically saccharine and horribly self-deprecatingly sweet, as Bemis confesses how he just can’t deserve such a wonderful lady friend because well, he is a piece of ***. “Death For My Birthday” sees him make points that may actually be deep enough to go over my head to a degree, in a good way (see: Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat). Death, love, friendship, and the end of the world, and it never comes across as pretentious. And he juxtaposes this with the incredibly direct “Young, Dumb, and Stung” which centers entirely around a verse meant to totally *** on an ex-childhood friend. Yeah, this is still Max Bemis people.

Pretty much, Say Anything offers more for fans and opens up the Say Anything sound for new ‘users’ to come and enjoy. It’s the perfect balance of a step forward and a redaction to a more “safe” sound. While “Cemetery” and “She Won’t Follow You” are a pretty big wall of “uh…this is okay?” in the middle of the record, even those songs have their redeeming qualities (“There's nothing like the brain of a beautiful girl/When they grasp the fallacy of the world”) and overall Say Anything is another excellent release in the canon of Say Anything. It’s not a classic album, but its an album that is so charming despite its “smell” (so to say), its easy to fall in love with. I could draw parallels to its band’s crazy front man all day, but that would only cause the idiots who kept reading after I used a line as putrid as “canon of Say Anything” to have to keep reading this drivel. Glad you kept reading though, have a great night!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

how the fuck did this piece of shit review show up under my profile?

hydeyomoney
November 11th 2009



934 Comments


lol

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2009



23798 Comments


Nice recs, I might try those out.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 11th 2009



3761 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh the boy can still write.

I liked it. It was breathless. Like the album.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2009



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

don't worry john i'll save you with my own review

Gyromania
November 11th 2009



15198 Comments


Album is pretty great.

Rev
November 11th 2009



9379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol @ your recommendations

Tulannical
November 11th 2009



2051 Comments


hey high fidelity is my favorite movie! and i like this album too what a coincidence

DBlitz
November 11th 2009



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

now i'm in, brag about your band to me

you got me HOT with all those snide remarks about my poetry

Roach
November 11th 2009



2149 Comments


High Fidelity is a pretty awesome film. Nice review birthday friend.

Knott-
Emeritus
November 11th 2009



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i just lold

sexualsoybean
November 11th 2009



911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Other review was better. And youre crazy to point out cemetery as the blah song on the cd, its probably the best thing on here.

CourtneyCataclysmic
November 11th 2009



6 Comments


Everything I've ever listened to by Say Anything has gotten stuck in my head.
i dunno if that's good or bad....

SlowlyWeRot
November 11th 2009



29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Cemetary is a high point on the album for me

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

the only good part is whenever he says "you're in my body". otherwise the song is whatever

natey
November 11th 2009



4170 Comments


well i like at the drive in so i guess i'll check this out

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i am more proud of that comparison to at the drive in than i am most things on this site

SeaAnemone
November 11th 2009



19721 Comments


artsy farsty

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

im as poetic as max bemis!

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2009



6085 Comments


lax penis

hahahahahaha yes. Also weird review. I agree with nearly everything you say but negatively.



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