Say Anything
Hebrews


4.0
excellent

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
June 10th, 2014 | 136 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the tale of a bearded sloth who debases himself so they can get their rocks off!

It’s become so acceptable to hate Say Anything now, that I don’t think I know anyone who is still a “fan” of the band anymore. Mostly it’s “They used to be really good” or “I like the self titled ironically” but it always devolves to this: Anarchy, My Dear! is apparently the worst thing to ever happen to music… ~ever~. Truthfully, I think I've heard maybe three songs from it and then stopped because, yeah, “the crap rains down” is probably one of the most cringe inducing lyrics ever written. From what I gathered, however, that album seems to be reviled because Max was generally a happy guy and content with not being the cynical asshole he always was. The thing is, Hebrews see’s Max Bemis spend almost its entire lyrical run trying to reconcile his self loathing and bitter cynicism with the fact that he has a wife and kid now that he quite likes, and a fan base that he cannot possibly win with. To top that off, he pretty much just abandoned guitars on this album. I mean, come on, if he had locked himself in a record studio for two weeks, this would be as close to the manic background that Is a Real Boy had that we’d ever manage to get again.

Delving too deeply into Hebrews is sort of pointless, as descriptors like “poppy as hell”, “musically varied and inventive”, and “cutesy and bright to the extreme” will just turn off any old fan immediately and not prepare any newcomers for Bemis’ frankly gross delivery of his lines and rhymes. “Judas Decapitation” is the perfect encapsulation of the record, with discussions on Bemis’ view of his former fan base and its relation to his career and family, while mixing strings in with pop-punk hooks and gang vocals. While there are plenty of up tempo burners to get older fans brought back in, it’s really the slower moments on the album that come out as the most relevant. “Push” is the last song anyone would have ever expected to be written by Say Anything in 2004, a dark and brooding contemplation on what religion means and what it has become in modern culture, that eventually leads into the most genuinely gorgeous section of music Say Anything have ever made, complete with a wonderfully quirky refrain from Aaron Weiss. While the record suffers from the huge dichotomy between bravado Bemis attempting to justify his art to the world and himself and the reflective part of him that just wants to explore themes of love, death and religion, the songs are all so distinctive that there’s never any confusion as to what he is trying to get across.

Is Hebrews the album Say Anything fans have been waiting for since 2007? No. It’s essentially a response to Anarchy, My Dear with much more clarity and purpose. Where that album was bogged down in trying to prove it was a “Say Anything Record”, Hebrews is a wholly new kind of album fr the band. Is it cheesy, over the top and a little too saccharine? Yeah, but the first two of those apply in spades to the first couple Say anything records anyways, and honestly I’d rather have someone singing sweet nothings to me when they’re in their 30’s than try and continue spewing venomous bile that they haven't believed in since their early 20's. If you think Bemis has somehow personally slighted you in some way despite never having interacted with you, avoid this album. You will only become more distraught about your place in some dude in a bands life. If you want to hear some good songs sung by a guy who has a lot of issues with himself, but can still recognize that his self-important bull*** comes second to people he has invested himself heavily in, check out Hebrews.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 9th 2014


13139 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i'm a fan hi hanson

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Green Baron
June 9th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good album

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2014


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hi foxxy this was a lot easier to write for than holy vacants or to be kind!

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 9th 2014


13139 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

good review pos

push is wonderful

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2014


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah push is a really amazing song

Green Baron
June 9th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great song

SnakeDelilah
June 9th 2014


7197 Comments


oh shit

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2014


17920 Comments


damn son you need to proofread

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2014


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i didnt proofread in 2006 not gonna proofread in 2014 who you kidding

Hep Kat
June 9th 2014


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

wtf is this nerd shit

Gyromania
June 9th 2014


15712 Comments


first paragraph needed to be said

this is actually quite good

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2014


17213 Comments


Fuck you, John.

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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2014


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you wanna taste this milkshake i know

SeaAnemone
June 9th 2014


20311 Comments


John...

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2014


10203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6 | Sound Off

Yes. Haven't heard the whole album yet, but yes.

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SnakeDelilah
June 9th 2014


7197 Comments


do it joffrey

Mutantsnowstorm
June 9th 2014


117 Comments


I heard nibble nibble, saw Tom Delonge's name in the other artists; I about laughed cause i found it so strange. regardless I found that song real good

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2014


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

YES

THE GOOD GUYS WON!!!

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someguest
June 10th 2014


20563 Comments


should have figured staff here was jewish

AnimalsAsSummit
June 10th 2014


740 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

used to listen to these guys hardcore in 8th grade. will have to check this out

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