Saliva
Under Your Skin


2.0
poor

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (66 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An attempt to create a memorable album proves once again futile for Saliva as they once again deliver a record full of just about everything we’ve heard before.

It’s a curious thing how we can once listen to an artist, instantly recognize a song or two by them, and then years later we forgot they completely existed. Sometimes this happens because we get caught up in other music and no longer pay as much attention to what we heard before, and sometimes it’s because nothing they did after what we heard was memorable. Saliva is one of those bands that haven’t done anything memorable in a long time. Back Into Your System was a fun album, and had some of the best songs in the bands career, but nothing afterwards really lived up to it. On their seventh studio release, Saliva return with one less member and an album full of their typical rock tracks, but does any of it deliver?

The answer is, quite simply, no. Throughout the eleven tracks here we are given an album full of cliché and mediocrity. Album opener “Badass” (I mean look at that song title. Really?) is a terrible attempt to grab fans like “Ladies and Gentlemen” and “Always” did. It’s a desperate attempt to kick start the record with an aggressive track but it just doesn’t work, and it doesn’t help that its one of the only aggressive tracks on here. Throughout the album we can find that there are much more power ballads and slower tempo tracks here and the band are just not presenting any creativity. Sure, the ballads are the sound of the band trying to branch out and do something memorable, but it just doesn’t work here as the songs not only sound the same as everything else they’ve done but the same as any other typical rock band. Tracks like “Better Days”, “The Key”, and “Turn The Lights On” are all slower songs that try to save the album but just fall flat.

The rest of the band unfortunately don’t help the cause much either. Their first album as a four-piece, guitarist Wayne Swinny is the only guitar player in the band and while his riffs are catchy here and there its nothing special at all and something we hear every time Saliva come up with new material. Bassist Dave Novotny and Drummer Paul Crosby make a good rhythm section but also don’t do much to stand out. As for Vocalist Joey Scott; his lyrics are sometimes painful and his performance is very much boring as he does everything he’s done on past releases and at some points does worse than before.

All in all, what we are given from Saliva on their seventh studio offering is, put quite simply, a mediocre rock album. The tracks blend together well and the occasional fan might be able to enjoy this, but in reality here this album is not only boring and not at all memorable but it’s also nothing new. It might have been passable if they weren’t seven albums into their career, but at this point Saliva need to do something to redeem themselves and stick out like they did in the past because quite honestly, who is really listening anymore?



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YetAnotherBrick
March 23rd 2011


4518 Comments


Band is absurdly irrelevant.

I got that line from someone commenting on a new Egypt Central song, but it works great here, too.

Digging: Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


8391 Comments


Nice review, I agree with your last sentence so much. Won't bother with this for sure.

BigHans
March 23rd 2011


26454 Comments


I liked Every 6 Seconds back in the day, wont bother with this though.

bloc
March 23rd 2011


35024 Comments


inb4 CLICK CLICK BOOM

tiesthatbind
March 23rd 2011


7380 Comments


Oh wow, didn't even know the band was still putting out new material. I'll probably listen to this sometime, I used to dig some of their songs.

BassDemon333
March 23rd 2011


3415 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

At first I didn't even know they were still putting out new material either haha but yeah this is bad. Cheers for the pos' guys.

FearThyEvil
March 23rd 2011


12760 Comments


This band is so bad.

Spec
March 23rd 2011


27298 Comments


All I think of is WWF when I hear this band.

bloc
March 23rd 2011


35024 Comments


Why would Saliva make you think of World Wildlife Foundation YOU SICKO

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


28822 Comments


1. Every Six Seconds
2. Survival of the Sickest
3. Back Into Your System
------above-good/below-bad
4. album before this one

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

Spec
March 23rd 2011


27298 Comments


I fucking knew someone was gonna make that joke. Get out bloc, get the fuck out!

bloc
March 23rd 2011


35024 Comments


It's WWE now haha

tiesthatbind
March 24th 2011


7380 Comments


Yep, the review is spot on.

Captain North
April 26th 2011


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Completely missed this release, devo. But...I'm only a few songs in and I already know this is easily their worst record so far. By a surprising degree as well.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2011


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Memphis rockers Saliva pleasantly surprised with their diverse & relatively imaginative previous LP 'Cinco Diablo'. That's why it's so disappointing they have fallen back to their lazy ways on nondescript new LP 'Under Your Skin'. Now a quartet with the departure of guitarist Jonathan Montoya, the band predominantly rely on power ballads this time, with harder cuts such as 'Badass' & 'Burn It Up' sounding awfully dated in their macho posturing. Producer Howard Benson may limit the disasters, but he also adds an air of uninspired blandness to proceedings which is truly frustrating. Recommended Tracks: Hate Me & Better Days.


Captain North
May 8th 2011


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I ended up just listening to the first 30 seconds of each song and skipping. This is fucking terrible.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2011


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

We shall now call you the The Scanner.

Captain North
May 8th 2011


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Haha. This is one of a very select few albums I've ever done that with.



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