Max Bemis and The Painful Splits
Max Bemis and The Painful Splits


2.5
average

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
November 22nd, 2010 | 29 replies | 8,038 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Well at least that little dog on the cover is kind of cute...

For the majority of the last decade, Max Bemis sang about how much of a screw up he was, all while coming across as incredibly likable and charming. It all translates as “cute,” as it’s hard not to like the guy’s blissfully ironic, self deprecating lyrics, mixed with an amiable pop-punk aesthetic. And really, it’s Bemis who makes Say Anything what it is, as he is the very character and personality of the band, making him an icon among the scene.

Yet without Say Anything, Bemis comes off as contrived , and his shtick; underwhelming. Bemis’s pseudo-side-project, Max Bemis and the Painful Splits is described as “some acoustic songs he feels proud of," and said project’s self-titled debut would be so much more enjoyable were it not so underwhelming, bland, and uninspired. Although at the time of writing this Say Anything was on the verge of breaking up, this album feels void of Bemis’s personal involvement. Typically, he holds back nothing in his work, often making for an all too personal listen. And while it feels as though there is an attempt to do so here, it doesn’t come across as all that genuine. In all actuality, it just feels like a bunch of Say Anything acoustic b-sides. Added to that, it feels like b-sides Max Bemis himself. Neither the music, nor the man behind the music ends up saying much, leaving just another guy with an acoustic guitar whining about a girl. Bemis didn’t put his all into this album, and it really hurt the overall product because the music itself simply can’t stand up on its own merit.

Although it’s mostly blasé, the album isn’t without some charms. Sure, it is mostly a guy with a guitar singing about his problems and issues, but at its core it really is somewhat enjoyable. Max Bemis really does have a likable voice, and his guitar skills are decent, and fit rather well with what he is attempting on the album. While there isn’t much differentiation between them, many of the songs still manage to be pretty fun . Selections such as “Chlorine Bath” and “Little Star” are pretty catchy, while “Our Sentence Is Up” is rather beautiful. Yeah there really isn’t a whole lot of variety and variation, but it’s hard not to get even a modicum of enjoyment out of songs like “Neodouche” and “Assimilate All Bastards.” Fun factor aside, there just isn’t enough here to warrant high praise. Neither is songwriting or lyrics are anything new, and the painful simplicity of each tune makes for a thoroughly uninteresting listen.

Max Bemis is a likable guy and musician, and he has been proving that for years. Unfortunately, Max Bemis and the Painful Splits doesn’t do much to further prove that sentiment. Even though it’s worthy of a few listens, it simply doesn’t stick because it wears all too quickly. Fans of his music may find something wonderful here, but the population at large will find this a gimmicky and contrived, and sadly, it’s rather difficult to argue this.



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user ratings (20)
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Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010



10592 Comments


Album is okay.

americanmusicmachine
November 22nd 2010



3953 Comments


max penis

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010



10592 Comments


Classy lol

pizzamachine
November 22nd 2010



12571 Comments


Alright review.

of“.,

Uh-oh.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010



10592 Comments


Ooh thank you, I fixed.



Crymsonblaze
November 22nd 2010



7479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked this both times I listened to it, but it doesn't seem like something I'll listen to a lot.

Album's kinda front-loaded as well.

Good review.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010



28374 Comments


where can i get this

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FazyLucker
November 22nd 2010



59 Comments


You can probably pull it out of Chan's ass.

WatchItExplode
November 22nd 2010



3213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This is all downhill after Chlorine Bath, which is fairly enjoyable.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010



10592 Comments


You can get it at one of Say Anything's shows acad

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010



28374 Comments


yea i mean, without going to the show

is it online?

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010



10592 Comments


For sale? Not sure.

Hep Kat
November 22nd 2010



15247 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

review's not bad, but it reads a lot more negatively than a 3 would imply. like i get what you're trying to say, but only because i've heard it

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Slum
November 22nd 2010



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh yeah I remember hearing about this

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010



10592 Comments


@Hep Kat: Yeah I worried that I was too hard on it/ my rating didn't reflect my review. It's a between a high 2.5 and a low three, but it's enjoyable enough to warrant the bump.

Romulus
November 22nd 2010



8423 Comments


yeah this is a good review but it really reads like a 2

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010



10592 Comments


Yes I realize this....maybe I will alter my rating....

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010



10592 Comments


I know I'm not supposed to, but in the end my review read more closely to a 2.5, and if it did, then my feelings of it are obviously reflected.

slep
November 22nd 2010



1604 Comments


Pretty good review. Though:

" and his shtick; underwhelming"

should probably be a colon, idk.

yeah I just went there

crazyblinddude
November 22nd 2010



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review. This release was a bit disappointing. But it was still okay. I probably won't be listening to it too much though.



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