Say Anything
Say Anything


2.0
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Review

by Plutonio USER (18 Reviews)
February 28th, 2010 | 83 replies | 8,698 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Say Anything's eponymous fourth album is pop-punk's small penis slowly revealing itself to both stoic and casual listeners. Bravo Bemis, bravo.

17 of 20 thought this review was well written

Some people only wish that they could conjure up the confidence that, so it seems, any other human acquires. Others are completely unaware of their narcissistic qualities, and, in due course, the state of their social and mental health flies over their heads. For the former and the latter, some people blame the parents. Perhaps they had not the wherewithal or the desire to teach their children that a lack of self-esteem was just as bad as a bloated ego. Some blame the parents of said progeny's low self-confidence for actions they took which affected said behavior. Although some of these may be true, we can now blame another source for the high extremity in self-esteem. That source is titled Say Anything.

Sure, arrogance is obnoxious. It's the off-putting aroma of an egotist. However, this smug behavior should not become an intrusion upon the music. The lyrical content oftentimes is affected; however, it should not intrude upon the instrumentation, right? Well, it seems that it has on Say Anything's eponymous fourth LP. First off, Max Bemis' voice is at the forefront of the songs; subsequently the musicianship has to try to work around it. Besides an awkward, or completely unnecessary pinch harmonic thrown in here and there, the musicianship on Say Anything centers around rehashed musical elements that have been achieved by far superior bands.

Recycled riffs are prevalent as are a plethora of cheesy openings and overtly simplistic drum beats. Because these bland musical components are so palpable, the songs in turn are generic. The compilation of forgettable songs translate into the quality of the album. Overall, this album is like pity sex with your fat virgin friend - unsatisfying and forgettable. There might be a few unexpected initiations along the way, but the events that lead to the climax are mostly, dull, dry, and uneventful (emphasis on dry).

The verses of “Hate Everyone” share resemblances of Green Day's version of “I Fought The Law”. “Mara and Me” tries to set a fleeting, spastic pace; rather than sounding energetic, it is an entirely forgettable as the faux-histrionic “Death For My Birthday.” “Crush'd” is a completely unnecessary track with the sole purpose of perturbing the fluency of the album as a whole. Plain and simple, the tracks are either acceptable (“Hate Everyone”), useless (“Death For My Birthday”), or terrible (“Crush'd”), save for “Ahhh... Men”. The closing track gets off to a great start before ascending to an outstanding climax. Said climax leaves every other memorable moment in the dust, making point of the album's inconsistencies. The inept musicianship and sub-par songwriting shine here like the pretentious, ironic lyrical dribble that is such a palpable drawback.

Rather than present a series of words that are so heartfelt that they melt the listener's heart, Say Anything just provide words that try too hard to bring about self-importance. It's sad to see such literary devices like irony and sarcasm being defecated upon. Said sub-par lyrical content becomes a staple of the band's sound, acting more as a gimmick than a series of introspective purgative poems. It's truly like a thirty-year-old man buying three Hummers to hide the fact that is brought about by his size seven sneakers. In this case, the small phallus is the large quantity of musical gimmicks.

This transfers over to the acoustic guitars in “Fed To Death” as well as the strings section that accents “Do It Better”. While the latter is slightly attractive, there's still a sense that Max Bemis is using a penis pump on behalf of the band's undesirable musicianship. The horns on “Less Cute” also follow the same path. Despite the fact that an evident attempt at diversifying the pop-punk scene is made by Say Anything, nothing is all too memorable. Anything that is memorable seems too gimmicky or contrived to be interesting, or amidst a shroud of tedious notes. Even though Bemis is trying his hardest to disguise the poor songwriting found on the outfit's fourth album, it is still apparent that listening to Say Anything is like biting into a wheel of Gorgonzola. It's as cheesy as you can get, as well as being extremely uncomfortable.



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Plutonio
February 28th 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Mature? Not really.
Something I felt I had to do? Fuck to the yes.

Satellite
February 28th 2010



20678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Too drunk to follow your logic at the moment, but I agree that this album blows.

Digging: Dikembe - Mediumship

TheWayfarerElectric
February 28th 2010



154 Comments


Woah... review was witty and made me lol, lots of subtle irony and what not. Love you.

TheWayfarerElectric
February 28th 2010



154 Comments


MRyrtmrfoudly: dont

plane
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2010



6085 Comments


This is a clusterfuck of a review I can agree with.

VicariousIntent
February 28th 2010



1593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're an excellent writer, and the review was very well done. I obviously disagree though.

DivinityOfPan
February 28th 2010



85 Comments


By clusterfuck, he means unorthodox awesomeness. Continue on your path to amazement.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2010



17197 Comments


I love this album. fuck you. have a pos.

DivinityOfPan
February 28th 2010



85 Comments


Pos' his other review too, it got troll neg's or something

Plutonio
February 28th 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pan, thanks for sticking up for me and all, but I'm not going to be like Bulldog and bitch everytime someone negs me. It's going to be okay (Rationalist).

Romulus
February 28th 2010



8411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this album was a bit underwhelming for me, way too tired to read the review at the moment but it looks a-okay.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

death for my biirthday is awesome wtf

Plutonio
February 28th 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Why thank you, Romulus and anyone else who praises or criticizes me.

Mordecai.
February 28th 2010



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck

Plutonio
March 1st 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Chan, no, just no.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you cannot deny the awesomeness of i love life but life has a girlfriend

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2010



17197 Comments


I side with chan. beyond that Crush'd has my favorite moment on the entire album. but that's just me.

DiceMan
March 1st 2010



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You literally pooped in a bag, set it on the albums doorstep, lit it on fire, and ran away. Pos.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best part of the whole album is

THINK FAST KILLER

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2010



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

bless my soul im out to destroy them

i want death, death for my birthdayyyy



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