Sleeping With Sirens
Let's Cheers to This


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Lizotte USER (24 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2011 | 55 replies | 26,306 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sleeping With Sirens drops the 'rise-core', and goes back to basics to give you an album well worth the listen.

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Sleeping With Sirens (for the recording of this album):
Kellin Quinn - lead vocals
Jack Fowler - lead guitar
Jesse Lawson - rhythm guitar, screamed vocals
Gabe Barham - drums
Justin Hills - bass guitar

It was around January of 2010 when Sleeping With Sirens released their debut album for Rise Records, entitled "With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear." My band had played a show with them the day they signed to Rise, and I was curious to see how the album would turn out. At first glance, Sleeping With Sirens appeared to be just another run-of-the-mill post-hardcore band with flashy vocals (How outlandish for Rise Records). Even after the first listen of "With Ears.." it was clear that Sleeping With Sirens had the potential to write good music, but the vocals seemed to be a little pre-pubescent for most. When I saw that this album had been released, I simply predicted to hear the same band that wrote "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn". To be honest, I wrote this album off (as many probably have) and did not give it another serious listen until about a month after it's release. I am a picky person when it comes to post-hardcore, and Sleeping With Sirens gets it done on this album, with a different kind of flair than previously heard on "With Ears...". Armed with the ex-lead guitarist of Broadway and a new drummer, "Let's Cheers to This" is a great breath of fresh air in a scene where electro-core bands get all the preference.

The album kicks off with a very bouncy, pop-punk number, in "Do It Now, Remember It Later". The sing-song chorus showcases a different "voice" for Kellin Quinn. Not only is he singing considerably lower than on "With Ears...", but his vocals on these songs bring out the melody hidden within the guitars. Newcomer, Jack Fowler, breaks out a barrage of riffs on "Four Corners and Five Sides" and "If You Can't Hang". The latter, single number two, is tied for the best band-performance on the album. "If You Can't Hang" features catchy post-hardcore guitars mixed with Gabe Barham's heavier style of pop-punk drumming. Tie it all together with Quinn's swagger and vocals, and you have a great Sleeping With Sirens song.

It becomes apparent after "Who Are You Now" that Sleeping With Sirens has clearly developed a poppier sound with this album, but they still managed to keep the quirks that made "With Ears.." worth the listen. Aside from Quinn's soaring vocals, backup vocals still find their way into the mix and jump out at the listener. Especially in "Four Corners and Five Sides" (my vote for heaviest on the album), Jesse Lawson breaks out screams that complement the heavier nature of the song. However, this is a lighter album by any definition; If you are seeking sing-song, poppy post-hardcore, then look no further than "A Trophy Father's Trophy Son, Fire, and the anthem of a title track. The title track features the higher spectrum of Kellin Quinn's vocals, a piece of the puzzle not found as much in this album.

The other stand-out on this album, effectively combining the newer and older Sleeping With Sirens, is "Tally It Up, Settle the Score". Starting out with fairly basic riffing and drumming, the song kicks into gear when Quinn comes in with his soaring vocals, and takes it through the chorus. This well-structured song also boasts one of the heaviest moments of the entire album when Jesse Lawson steps out once more to provide screams for a breakdown about three-quarters of the way through. From start to finish I find this song to have the highest replay value, and highest level of musicianship on the entire album.

"Let's Cheers to This" might not be groundbreaking, but it covers almost every area I can think of that constitutes a solid post-hardcore album. Although having an obvious poppy slant, this album builds off of the best parts of "With Ears..." to create a hell of a sophomore album. This album has everything from melodic guitars, to heavy drumming, and even well-placed screams. There is still no doubt about it, as Kellin Quinn still remains the obvious star of the show. His refined vocals are a little easier on the ears, and deliver just as fully as before. If for nothing more, listen to this album for the great vocal performance from Quinn.

If you are listening hoping for metal, then you will be disappointed. Sleeping With Sirens is not a heavy band, despite their slight outbursts. Simply put, "Let's Cheers to This" is heavier where it needs to be, and mellow when it is better fitting. As a Rise Records album, this is quite a surprise. If you never gave this band or this album a solid listen, allow yourself to be a little surprised.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pjquinones747
September 23rd 2011



759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no. this album is not a 4 lol.

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foxblood
September 24th 2011



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i think this album conforms to rise generic-ness wayy more than the first one, plus this record just doesn't have any good songs like with ears to see

bluehaze54
September 24th 2011



50 Comments


I just take this band as another band in the wave of generic scene/hardcore/screamo bands, back when bands like A Day To Remember and The Devil Wears Prada set the groundwork for the "scene" along with Attack Attack back in the day, a lot of bands now sound the same, use all the same breakdowns, and are so unoriginal

generi-core

bluehaze54
September 24th 2011



50 Comments


good review though

DeathByDaydream
September 24th 2011



546 Comments


you're going to get negged simply for your rating.

lucasjcockcroft
September 24th 2011



3702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@bluehaze54, you have obviously have never listened to the band before. i don't think there's even a breakdown in this album

bluehaze54
September 24th 2011



50 Comments


I have their first album, and I don't necessarily have a problem with this band as for the "scene" of all the bands who seem to sound the same now a days. I quite enjoyed their first album

lucasjcockcroft
September 24th 2011



3702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

but they really dont sound THAT close to anyone, i mean there not orignal by anymeans, but i think they do "scene" music better then most.

loveisamixtape
September 24th 2011



5901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

really like this album

IfYouRun
September 24th 2011



291 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band is meh. Broadway/Saosin do the EXACT same thing, only better.

bbdmittenz
September 24th 2011



218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was a 3.5/4 to me, I just took the upward slant of that.

HaloDude442
October 28th 2011



692 Comments


this album isn't bad at all, its just ridiculously catchy and sugary lol. a fun listen

lucasjcockcroft
October 28th 2011



3702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

seeing this band tonight. pumped as fuck.

iGuter
November 28th 2011



336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Guys, I'm pretty sure many of today's generic breakdowns and over the use of screaming is substituted with a more soulful sound (high picted never-the-less) that fucking kills A Sllyit Drive (who is generic to the core). Plus, it's very progressive, I don't understand why people don't like great instrumentation and well written lyrics.

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BrushedRed
January 8th 2012



907 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely agree with HaloDude. Nothing groundbreaking here, but lots of fun to listen to! They do sound a lot like Broadway though I can definitely see that.

pjquinones747
March 3rd 2012



759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

came back to this album recently and found my comment on this review from right when it came out..definitely changed my mind. changed to 4.

Aphrodisiac
March 3rd 2012



1739 Comments


I see your musical taste is rapidly evolving

Fluttertrank
March 3rd 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like one song off this.

MarkTheDead
March 9th 2012



643 Comments


For me, this album was well worth the listen. I liked quite a few songs off of this, I'd give it a 3.7 or 3.8 if I could.

Strider
May 31st 2012



4598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nothing really stood out except for the first song, giving it another listen right now, and really digging it. might be one of my summer albums. His voice sometimes reminds me of Michael Jacksons', when he does those gritty highs



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