This is a great album with plenty of variety and just enough ambience. The concept of this album seems to be someone who commited suicide and has his spirit stuck on earth to watch the lives of the ones who miss him most. Each song conveys an emotion with which is associated with death, such as regret on 'The Truth About Heaven', or anger on the more hardcore-influenced "The More You Talk the Less I Hear". A high 3.5/5 from me.
This album is amazing. It brings back some memories of the high school days we all had when we would listen to nothing but emotional hardcore songs. What's amazing about this album is that I have not even heard it before this past week and it has the ability to take me back to such a time. If you are looking for some good alt rock / post-hardcore, this should not let you down.
I loved the little additional booklet called "What to do when you are dead - a comprehensive guide to your afterlife" that showed how to manage being a ghost. I laughed my ass of when I first saw it. Album is pretty great, too.
'What To Do When You Are Dead' was the 2nd studio release from Armor For Sleep. The album is very expressive and emotional. It may not be for everyone, there are no songs that are just for a fun time, they are all objective in the way that Ben Jorgensen expresses himself through verse to chorus and back through the verses again.
I believe everyone has a song they can relate to on this album and that's what makes it great. Sure, it's not much of a story-teller, but the lyrics and music are creative and original, and that's all that really matters isn't it, letting music being music and the more of a connection you feel to it, the better it is.
I'd suggest this album over any other Armor For Sleep album, simply because it's got songs like "Remember To Feel Real" and "My Town" that just stick in your heart and you want to belt them out whether you can sing or not.
This album though often put into the emo genre is well put together and very easy to listen to. They did a great job of messing passion and song writing. toward the end of the album it does seem to trail off in its intensity and passion, as well as catchiness. Overall it gets a 4 for a good solid release and high replay value.