|Say Anything Ranked|
Loved this band, but totally understand why they likely won't be making anything anytime soon. They definitely had some polarizing highs and lows. I've probably got some hot takes as well.
Anarchy, My Dear
The official moment when Max Bemis became neutered.
Best Song: Say Anything
This was sweet, but felt pretty half-baked. It's nice to see maturity out of Bemis, but it certainly makes for less compelling music.
Best Song: Ew Jersey
Where Say Anything walked before learning how to run.
Best Song: Showdown at P-Town
In Defense of the Genre
That's right, I put it this low. It has some truly great songs, but I almost feel like half of it could have been left out. Releasing one solid album would've been better than releasing two inconsistent ones.
Best Song: People Like You Are Why People Like Me Exist
I Don't Think It Is
Maybe this is the hottest take I have? I don't get why the average for this is so low, since this really sounds like Bemis being himself for the first time in almost a decade. The raw production can be pretty hit-or-miss though.
Best Song: Varicose Visage
Neutered Bemis returns! Only this time it's good and with a boat load of features! By the way, did you know he had a wife?
Best Song: My Greatest Fear is Splendid
In many ways, this feels like a sequel to their debut. While it still has ups and downs, this is a surprisingly consistent and well-polished record.
Best Song: Cemetery
...Is a Real Boy
In my opinion, this is a definitive album in the genre of pop-punk. Near perfect flow from beginning to end, snarky songwriting, and overwhelming amounts of catchiness have made this a modern classic.
Best Song(s): The Writhing South, An Orgy of Critics, Admit It!