The Academy Is... Almost Here
3.6 Ranking: #175 for 2005
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4.5 superbDavey Boy STAFF | April 1st 09

Following on from their rather disappointingly derivative and wordy self-titled EP, The Academy Is... show pop sensibilities beyond their years on debut full-length release 'Almost Here'. No matter which way you look at it, this is one hell of a hooky & impressive album without a bad track to be heard. It is catchy pop-rock at its very best. If there is justice in the music world, The Academy Is...'s time is NOT "Almost here"... It IS here! Recommended Tracks: Slow Down, The Phrase That Pays, Down and Out & Attention.

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3.0 goodbellamuerte337 | August 21st 07

Although the songs are lacking a strong guitar and instrumental part, William Beckett's velvety croon makes up for it. The lyrics are actually fairly well-written, despite focusing on making the album. All in all, a decent album. Not life-changing, but nice.

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4.0 excellentSmiley903 | February 2nd 11

Favorites include: Attention, Season, and Almost Here

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3.5 greatdswhite85 | September 4th 08

This is their best album. Each track is great and very memorable. Plenty of good memories have been had thanks to this album. Cheers.

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2.0 poorsockdonkey | September 3rd 08

I'm sorry to all those faithful The Academy Is... fans, but frankly, I cannot stand this album. I've had it for a while but never really listened to it, and once I gave it some serious attention, I was sorely disappointed. It is the same uncatchy pop-punk that pervades recent Warped Tour line ups. Almost Here offers nothing new, nothing original, nothing but ephemeral tunes and nauseating choruses. Any merit deserved by the lyrics, which seemed above average, were thrashed by the singer's repetitive vocals that seem to lack any emotion.

If you must check this out, I recommend The Phrase That Pays, Attention, and Checkmarks. Better yet, I recommend turning to bands such as Taking Back Sunday, Something Corporate, or Motion City Soundtrack, all similar bands that are far more interesting in my eyes.

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3.5 greatcalgonewinter | December 20th 07

Almost Here is one of the few pop punk albums that melts my heart. It's simple and very well produced. The majority of the songs are fun and catchy. However, I found the chorus in songs like Classifieds and Down And Out to be a little weak leaving the song to feel incomplete. But Checkmarks makes up for the missing pieces.

Overall, The Academy Is... definitely stand out over the many pop punk bands that sound horribly the same but I'd like to see them branch out even further away.

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3.5 greatPhillyBNew | March 15th 07

Hard to rate bc this album is basic, beautiful, and far too short. Very melodic and easy to get lost in with the heart this band brings to their performing. Excellent live as well but they leave you hoping for, but uncertain if they are capable of further truely artistic production.

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