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


2.5
average

Review

by Xenophanes EMERITUS
November 22nd, 2010 | 18 replies


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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americanmusicmachine
November 22nd 2010


3953 Comments


max penis

pizzamachine
November 22nd 2010


12911 Comments


Alright review.

of“.,

Uh-oh.

Crymsonblaze
November 22nd 2010


8005 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


30045 Comments


where can i get this

FazyLucker
November 22nd 2010


59 Comments


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

WatchItExplode
November 22nd 2010


4438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

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

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010


30045 Comments


yea i mean, without going to the show

is it online?

Slum
November 22nd 2010


2580 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh yeah I remember hearing about this

Romulus
November 22nd 2010


8479 Comments


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

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


3390 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.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 22nd 2010


3871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sundowner > this.



As far as acoustic side projects/releases go.

TMobotron
November 22nd 2010


7226 Comments


seriously wondered for most of the first page why chan was acting like he wrote this review

Phideaux
November 24th 2010


1659 Comments


I wasn't expecting too much from this but I was hoping it would still be good. Oh well. I'll try to find it online somewhere.

InFiction
December 12th 2010


3830 Comments


Good review, but I feel like this reads more like a 3 than a 2.5. I'm a rather big Say Anything fan so I'm a bit disappointed that this doesn't live up to Max's standards.

patrickfannon
October 9th 2011


893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Do The Dohnk" is far and away the best song on this record. If every song possessed that amount of energy, this would be a 4 or so.

Crymsonblaze
October 10th 2011


8005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First three tracks on both Painful Splits are really solid then it kind of all blends together.

Whatsgood
February 1st 2012


178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Compared to Anarchy My Dear this shit is the bomb, but it's obviously not the best thing ever. It's kind of like what Menorah/Majorah is to is a Real Boy but for the self-titled.



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