Armor For Sleep
What To Do When You Are Dead


3.5
great

Review

by Chris Higgins USER (38 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2010 | 25 replies | 4,604 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For an album with such a sad concept behind it, it's a great listen with a few minor bumps along the way.

Armor for Sleep has always been that band that I knew of, but never really took an opportunity to sit down and listen to. While I knew all their major singles, I never sat down and listened to an album from beginning to end. This all changed when I heard the story behind “What To Do When You Are Dead”, the second album to be released. Right along with their debut, it’s a concept album, a deep one at that. In all honesty, the concept was the only thing that really made me sit down and listen to it, and throughout my many plays of the album I found out exactly what I’ve been missing, and deeply regret not getting into these guys earlier in my life.

“What to Do When You Are Dead” tells the story of a man who kills himself after driving his car into a body of water and drowning. As the album moves forward, he begins to go through the five stage model of grief, including regret expanding all the way to an acceptance of fate. Each song is a step forward, as he watches the people he loved live their life without him underneath, he begins to learn the difference between friends and people he thought were close to him. Death is a touchy subject, it has so many explanations that nobody is exactly sure what occurs after death, but Armor for Sleep expresses their opinions in a real sense.

One of the biggest problems with this album as a whole is the similarity of each song, while they can be told apart, as you near the albums end it all ends of sounding like one giant song. This makes the album kind of tough to get through after your first few listens, the major singles off the album all show up at the beginning. I find myself singing along to opening tracks like ‘Truth About Heaven’ and ‘Remember to Feel Real’, but find myself less interested towards the end. Another thing that kind of throws me off is the bands genre, while many call them pop-punk, I feel most of the album has a more alternative feel.

The song ‘Truth About Heaven’ are one of the very few songs I’d consider pop-punk, it features an extremely catchy chorus and just feels like more of a poppy track than the rest. Once the album passes the midway point with ‘A Quick Little Flight’, the album takes over a darker feel. Songs like ‘Basement Ghost Singing’ and ‘I Have Been Right All Along’ are great tracks to listen to, but they have no real hook to them. To call them bland may be harsh, but they just don’t grab my attention like most of the other tracks do. One of the things that carries this album is structure and concept, the instrumentals are mostly simple and vocalist Ben Jorgenson does a great job throughout the entire album.

“What to Do When You Are Dead” has really got me thinking about the whole death thing, I know that this is just a simple idea revolving around what most would think they would feel after death. In a way though, this is an album that capture it’s story within it’s sound, and with the few complaints I have, this is an album that I won’t stop listening too any time soon. It really is a shame that the band turned into a label group and eventually split apart after this album, but looking back at what they’ve created with this album, it shows pure writing talent.



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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2010



9033 Comments


Car Underwater is so good

Yotimi
December 23rd 2010



6437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

A lot of killer tracks here. Definitely a highlight in the genre.

As for the review, I don't get the middle paragraph and that last sentence is irrelevant

LegendofPittman
December 23rd 2010



2943 Comments


I never gave this band a chance, but then again it's not really up my alley.

Yotimi
December 23rd 2010



6437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Smile For them is a 1 for me, but still love this.

Yotimi
December 23rd 2010



6437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

With sweet riffs (which isn't something I normally care about)

cvlts
December 23rd 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the concept for this is prty brilliant as well.

tombits
December 23rd 2010



3469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i actually really fucking like this album

Douglas
December 23rd 2010



9052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ditto brother

Hawks
December 23rd 2010



34293 Comments


This isn't my kind of thing, like at all, but The Truth About Heaven is a great fucking song. Haven't heard anything else by this band.

Digging: Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare

Douglas
December 23rd 2010



9052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

think they released another album, and are now no longer

Yotimi
December 23rd 2010



6437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The lead singer is in a TERRIBLE new band called God Loves a Challenge

Hawks
December 23rd 2010



34293 Comments


I'm guessing I should listen to this whole album.

Douglas
December 23rd 2010



9052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great concept for an album too. Will not check out the singers new band then

Hawks
December 23rd 2010



34293 Comments


Nice. I'll have to download it.

Yotimi
December 23rd 2010



6437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Wanderer's Guild" from their first is top 5 pop/punk songs all time for me though.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010



30865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love 'Basement Ghost Singing'

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

Yotimi
December 23rd 2010



6437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^ my favorite

tombits
December 23rd 2010



3469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that's it, this calls for a listen through. major nostalgia coming up.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2010



17195 Comments


lol

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2010



14983 Comments


shit used to be my jam


like jesus man this was so long ago woww



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