Saosin
Saosin


3.5
great

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (93 Reviews)
August 24th, 2013 | 79 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Saosin's breakthrough album is a solid debut that can be overplayed and inconsistent at times.

One of the aspects of getting older and expanding your taste in music is that albums you once thought were the greatest in the world start to show their flaws. This album has a special place in my heart because I first listened to this on a retreat to Maine with my friends. Everytime I listen to this the fun memories start to fill my head. However, Saosin’s self titled debut is no exception to being ultimately flawed. Right off the bat the band shows a considerable amount of talent. When Saosin gets it right on this album, hell they really hit home. Unfortunately, once you start to hear songs that sound similar and incredibly overplayed rhythms you realize that the album that was once your favorite album has not held up as well as you thought it would. If two or three tracks were taken out of it then this would have made quite a record.

The album’s overall sound is that of a alt rock/post hardcore sound. The production is extremely polished and some of the songs on their s/t are nothing short of exhilarating. The album kicks off with a bang with “It’s Far Better To Learn” as skillful drumming, a catchy guitar riff and Cove’s impressive high octave voice set in. This song easily demonstrates all of the album’s strengths because it is sung and played beautifully. However, “Sleepers” is a substantial dip in quality quite early in the album. Pretty much everything is overwhelmingly overdone and it feels very incomplete because it abruptly ends. The music is toned down a bit in “It’s So Simple,” but this time Cove’s best asset, his high octave range, is his downfall. Sure he hits notes that most vocalists could even dream of hitting, but how high he goes in “It’s So Simple” feels out of place with the music.

Thankfully, things start to improve when the next album highlight “Voices” begins. The lyrical content is empowering as Cove sings about speaking our minds in the chorus. The song couldn’t end any better with Cove once again being the highlight in addition to great instrumentals. Unfortunately, the middle section of the album suffers from repetition and inconsistency.

“Follow And Feel” immediately recalls “Sleepers” because of its guitar playing and rhythm. "Collapse" also sounds painfully similar for the same reasons. While these songs are not bad in way, it would have helped if the band just kept out “Sleepers” and “Follow And Feel” because “Collapse" is the dominant song out of the three because of its infectious riff and gangs vocals.

As the album comes to a close, the strengths begin to shine again. “You’re Not Alone” has to be one of the most inspiring songs ever created due to its lyrics about preventing suicide. Rightfully one of the bands biggest hits, it is catchy and memorable. “Bury Your Head” is driven not by Cove’s voice but by atmospheric guitars providing more of a texture than a catchy guitar riff. More fantastic gang vocals aid Cove singing about a failing relationship, a recurring lyrical theme of the album. “Some Sense Of Security” ends the album beautifully just like the album opener begin the album beautifully. Some of Cove’s best vocals are included here and its ending is once again incredibly atmospheric with Cove’s voice echoing in the background with bleak and somber piano playing.

Is this one of the best albums ever created like I remember it being? Absolutely not and it’s quite far from it actually. However, it actually is an incredibly solid major label breakthrough that happens to be overplayed and incredibly inconsistent at times. No song on the album is bad in any way and the bands performance as a whole is masterful. The album is good fun that almost never gets boring and anyone who is a fan of alt rock and post hardcore should not pass this one up.



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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2013


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sup guys haha as usual, any constructive criticism is welcome!

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Minus.
August 24th 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Saosin was better with Anthony Green

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2013


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Been meaning to try their early stuff actually. I never really cared for Anthony Green tbh though

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Translating The Name is classic

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Millstone
August 24th 2013


367 Comments


I'm retarded, but is that a deer tick or a spider on the cover?

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2013


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Idk but it's definitely not a spider haha

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a fucking atlas beetle duh

It has six legs, those two things are horns or whatever

pepster50
August 24th 2013


335 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

love this album way too much !

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2013


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a fan of Solid Ground Andcas?

Rowan5215
August 24th 2013


28794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid Ground kinda sucks but there's a couple good songs on there. Nevertheless he's right, after that they died quick.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2013


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not a fan either but it does have some good tracks agreed.

bloc
August 24th 2013


35025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The drumming on this is nuts. Haven't listened to it in a while though.

mindleviticus
August 24th 2013


8330 Comments


haven't listened to this in a while either

Mendross
August 24th 2013


398 Comments


The drummer, Alex was also in Open Hand temporarily. He was dope in that band too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC_JATpISxc

moshpotatoes
August 24th 2013


608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is also a classic album.

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moshpotatoes
August 24th 2013


608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really don't agree with this... 'Sleepers' is one of my favorite saosin tracks.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2013


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can see why people like Sleepers. It's pretty empowering, but they still overplay in that song at least imo. But to each his own of course.

joshieboy12345
August 25th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this still rules. Sleepers is such a good song.

Rowan5215
August 25th 2013


28794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some Sense of Security is my favourite off this. THAT chorus.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2013


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's Far Better To Learn and Some Sense for sure Rowan



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