Allison Weiss
Say What You Mean (Sideways Sessions)


3.3
great

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
January 2nd, 2014 | 16 replies | 2,105 views


Release Date: 11/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pleasant yet extraneous.

It always feels weird when an artist releases an alternate takes kind of record, especially now when that kind of thing is usually reserved for the special edition bonus disc that inevitably gets sent to brick and mortar retailers when initial album sales start to slump after the singles are all played out and the tour cycle has come to an end. Allison Weiss' semi-acoustic reinvisioning of her well received Say What You Mean: Sideways Sessions feels no different. The songs are still absolutely astounding, but it's hard to take it as its own entity when nothing worthwhile is really brought to the table in the Sideways sessions. Weiss is still achingly honest and straightforward with her heart, but it's impossible to catch lightning twice, which is even more apparent when it's the same songs. The only difference on many of the tracks is that her Fender twang has been swapped out for a dreadnaught acoustic. The instrumentation rarely varies; the chords don’t even change from their original heavy strumming to more gentle picking to fit the lighter move. The only time she does decide to change things up is on the original release's most upbeat track “Don't Go”, but the results are split. The pounding faux-country snare and honky tonk verse riff end up sounding awkward and out of place, feeling more like fun idea that didn't quite come together than the powerful anthem of its better half.

That being said the Say What You Mean: Sideways Sessions is still a very enjoyable record. The only real problem is the resounding “why” when seeing it loaded up next to its name sake in your iTunes. While I totally understand that every artist wants to put out their art how they see fit, sometimes they need to take a small step back and not mess with perfection.



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SnakeDelilah
January 1st 2014



5405 Comments


so...does it sound like Brand New?

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2014



17197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Deja entendu translates to "Already been heard". No it doesn't sound like Brand New.

SnakeDelilah
January 1st 2014



5405 Comments


i was attempting to post a witty comment gddmit

tommygun
January 1st 2014



23582 Comments


album sounds pointless but original version sounds interesting might check

good review

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theacademy
January 1st 2014



28240 Comments


wow shameless click bait with that description...

dimsim3478
January 2nd 2014



4735 Comments


^

Original album is pretty cool btw

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Ending
January 2nd 2014



1889 Comments


Was hoping to find a band that sounded like Brand New.

Still decent nonetheless but "already been heard" is a perfect description for what I got from listening to like two songs.

Green Baron
January 2nd 2014



18094 Comments


so this has no conection to brand new whatsoever?

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2014



7140 Comments


An unexpected review, to say the least, Adam. Well done though, and happy new year to you! May 2014 be even more productive for us all here on the Sput!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2014



17197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

The original album is one of the best releases of 2013. This alternate version is just extraneous. That's all.

Crawl
January 3rd 2014



1551 Comments


SO KEEP THE BLOOD IN YOUR HEAD

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2014



17197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Changed the summary. #NUKETHEUSERBASE

ShitsofRain
January 3rd 2014



5578 Comments


like her more than laura

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2014



17197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

I don't really know how their styles even compare other than they both are female songwriters. Laura Stevenson's music is rooted heavily in Americana. It's a punk ethos but filtered through the likes of M. Ward, Gram Parsons, and Joan Baez. Allison Weiss on the other hand is clearly indebted to late 90's/early 2000's pop punk and more modern singer/songwriters like Jenny Owen Youngs and Sarah Bareilles. Even their lyrics are entirely different in style and approach. Allison Weiss is more in the moment and "This is what I'm feeling right now", in a very broad and more generally appealing approach, while Laura Stevenson focuses more on vaguer constructs within the over arching stumbling of adulthood.

KILL
January 15th 2014



70599 Comments


that band description lmao

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2014



10003 Comments


Heard a few songs off this, was pleasantly surprised at how great it was. Maybe I should check out the original album

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