Review Summary: Unique in a pretty good way3 of 3 thought this review was well written
Say Hello to Sunshine is packed with emotion, and this emotion drove the album to the heights it has reached. In this genre, it is important to create a good listening environment, so to speak. An example of this is shown in the first few seconds of the first track, Insomniatic Meat, where there are weird sounds of which the source is difficult to determine. Finch utilized these distorted or non-instrumental sounds throughout the album, and they give the album and almost spooky feel. This is no doubt intentional, and a place where the album derives a lot of its quality. This pseudo-spookiness is seen in other areas as well, take for example Nate Barcalow's somewhat quiet, scratchy vocals at the start of Ink. Just for a little personal input, if I was in a dark room and heard a sound like that in the distance, I would cower in fear. It's awesome that Say Hello to Sunshine is able to synthetically create a creepy environment for its listeners. It's what makes this album better than typical post-hardcore crap.
Musical technicality is not in the lacking here either, though the band would do better with an expanded role for its bassist (or at least turn the volume up on the damn instrument) and would benefit from having their drummer not rely so much on his snare for his fills. The bassist sees some somewhat solo action in the middle of the song Miro, an excellent change-up in the flow of the song. The guitar riffs are really cool and creative, and the bass and drums are able to keep up and support. Also, Finch throws in some time signature changes, such as at the beginning of Ink before the vocals. Barcalow is extremely flexible with his vocals even though his vocal range when he actually sings in is somewhat limited. His screams and other strange noises create a good variation to the typical punkish sound of his voice. Overall it is rare to see such technical proficiency from a band in this genre.
Some may wonder why this album did not receive a 4.5 or a 5 after the praise it received here. I'd tell those people to bear in mind that a 3.5 rating describes a "great" album, which is what Say Hello to Sunshine is. It is not excellent, and it does not really break down barriers in the genre. The band does some cool things with time signature, has a creative guitarist, and a singer whose voice a lot of people like, but there would need to be something ground-breaking about this album for it to do better. The album is also extremely experimental and some of the experiments don't really work. The Casket of Roderic Usher is 1:50 of screaming which is less spooky than unpleasing to listen to. Though one clunker of a song is to be expected when a band has the courage to have a 14 song album. This is quality music and an album many people would enjoy listening to, and I'm sure many people have since this thing is like 7 years old.
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Album Rating: 2.5
Never enjoyed this except for insomniatic meat...
Album Rating: 4.5
Pos'd, even though I think it's better than you do.
Album Rating: 4.0
No way this is lower than a 4...
nice work man
judging by your nickname, are you from Greece?
Album Rating: 3.5
I'm not, the username is actually the first three letters of my first name and first three letters of my last name.
niccos is also the greek equivalent for nick, and that's why I asked
album was such a brilliant new direction after their generic (but still quite good) debut. shame most people whined about it. i saw them live a few days before they announced they were splitting, and at the gig there were very few people there, nobody cheered them and they didn't get called for an encore. must have been pretty tough for them, they didnt deserve to get so slated.
edit: also, wow, i cant believe that was 7 years ago (as you said in your review); makes me feel old and im only 22
Album Rating: 4.0
I love this album. It was such a leap and a risk compared to what they were doing before.
Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae
Album Rating: 4.0
agreed, willie. as much as I enjoy this album, I'll always love WIITB. yes, it was an immature pop punk grab at the "glassjaw sound" but fuck, it was/is catchy. it's not like they were horrible up until this record, and then suddenly turned it around. it's almost like they were trying to be dissonant and weird just for the sake of being different (on this effort). some of these songs really just do not flow together cohesively.