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...Is a Real Boy


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by pronounced "RYE-iss" USER (21 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2014 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


There are feelings of teenage angst and despair that nearly everyone goes through during those ages. Loneliness and isolation, amongst anxiety and anger, are some of the negative emotions that a teenager generally goes through. And pop-punk is seemingly very good at displaying these emotions and connecting with teens.

Max Bemis gets it. Max Bemis epitomizes everything a teenage boy feels on ...Is A Real Boy without hesitation in a massively sarcastic way, making the true message very genuine. The honesty in every word he sings is palpable, from the brilliantly catchy Holocaust love story of "Alive With The Glory Of Love" to a feeling of misguidedness and depression on the short and sweet "The Futile." That's what makes ...Is A Real Boy so special; nothing he sings feels like he doesn't one hundred percent believe in his lyrics. He'd make a great politician.

While the lyrics are the foundation, the pop-punk peppy melodies are fantastically catchy and surprisingly original for a genre that generally wallows in the same three chord progressions. The songs are excellently structured, and a prime example of that is the second track "Woe," whose upbeat, chiming verses eventually fade into a slower, synth-laden ending. Again the lyrics on "Woe" are excellent and shows Max Bemis (once again) lamenting: "She took pity on me horizontally/But most likely because of my band/And that's all I can get/When I'm lonely."

Not a minute on ...Is A Real Boy is wasted with unnecessary break downs or slow sections; it's all quick, fun, surprisingly original pop-punk. The song that differs most from the rest is the superb closer, "Admit It!!!" Its effectively decimates anyone the least bit pretentious, yet towards the end Bemis is realizing his own pompous ways. Simple, yet extremely effective. It's a rollicking, fantastic, long-winded closer, the only song that would be appropriate to be the last song here, and one of the best on the album.

...Is A Real Boy is remarkably consistent for its somewhat lengthy run time, with not one bad song, however some longer tracks like "The Writhing South" don't have much replay value. Regardless, ...Is A Real Boy is pop-punk perfection from lyrical and songwriting angles. Max Bemis croons with such a naturally kind of certainty that it's nearly impossible to fault his somewhat raw singing abilities. It's his delivery that shines. A piece of everyone can be found in the words he sings. Max Bemis ***ing gets it.



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Ryus
February 23rd 2014


5038 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Indulge me please

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Ryus
February 23rd 2014


5038 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Inb4 this didn't need another review

Green Baron
February 23rd 2014


20327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice soundoff

Ryus
February 23rd 2014


5038 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank u

SnakeDelilah
February 23rd 2014


9102 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This review is too long.

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Ryus
February 23rd 2014


5038 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

tl;dr

Mort.
February 23rd 2014


4066 Comments


"He's make a great politician."

that doesn't make sense


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JS19
February 23rd 2014


4411 Comments


What does this even sound like you didn't even say once and I haven't heard this

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MikeC26
February 23rd 2014


3211 Comments


Tmi dude

Ryus
February 23rd 2014


5038 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

edited

StallionMang
February 23rd 2014


6146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review looks much better now, have a pos

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Ryus
February 23rd 2014


5038 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Clearly my sound off review style sucks, won't be trying it again any time soon

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2014


1730 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't see why there are 3 negs.. But I can tell this means something to you and I kinda like that. Have a pos.

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2014


1086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This whole album is great because of how ironic Bemis is throughout, not genuine, so I'm having difficulty understanding your points.

JS19
February 23rd 2014


4411 Comments


Review looks much better now, have a pos [2]

Looks proper professional must be a good review yeah haven't actually read it though

Feather
February 23rd 2014


1467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked the review. I guess I missed seeing it before it was edited haha

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2014


1730 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I used to think this was like god tier. Oh how times have changed. Still awesome though.



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