Senses Fail
Still Searching (Deluxe Edition)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Guitar108 USER (5 Reviews)
February 28th, 2008 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Six more songs make a great addition to this already fantastic album.

In November of 2007 Senses Fail re-released their second LP, Still Searching, with six bonus tracks. I'm not going to go into a full review of Still Searching, suffice it to say, that I think it is a great buy for any fan of pop-punk/screamo. Senses Fail is, in my opinion, one of the only bands left that can pull off screamo with any sort of creativity and credibility. They're not reinventing the wheel, but this time around the musicianship has improved with the addition of Heath Saraceno, the former guitarist for Midtown. In addition, Buddy has ditched the lyrics about murdering past lovers in favor of more introspective content - a welcome development.

Normally, I'm not a fan of re-issues, as they typically contain only one or two additonal songs, but this one is essential if you liked Still Searching or have any interest in Senses Fail. Simply put, 4 of the 6 new songs are home-runs, with the other 2 being pretty good.

Battle Hymn begins with a really metallic riff and ends with some awesome screaming. Think the energy level of Shark Attack and you'll get a feeling for what this one sounds like. Champagne chills it out a little bit, but really only because of the lack of screaming. It is still a very dynamic song, and the chorus shines as Heath provides backing vocals. Heath has been a great addition for Senses Fail, not only becuase he has added some awesome guitar solos to their songs, but also because he adds great backup vocals to Buddy's distinctive voice. On most of the songs on this release, his contributions really add new dimension to the songs.

Stretch Your Legs To Coffin Length continues the winning formula, with a sparse verse and some delay on the guitar that explodes into a chorus where Buddy screams:
"Goddamn! This whole mess that's me. I don't trust myself! I'm in way to deep. And every night I erase the day with the strongest drinks they'll give to me."

The highlight for me is Mason's Revenge. This song is slower and the lyrics are clearly about lost love, but it doensn't come off as cheesy or formulaic in any way, and you really feel the emotion in the song. Whereas I think Lost And Found failed at this feat, Masons's Revenge unquestionably succeeds.

The last two songs are nice additions, just nothing special. Cinco De Mayo is standard Senses Fail-style pop-punk, and the cover of The Cranberries' Salvation is what you'd expect - a speeded up, punkier version of the song.

If you haven't bought Still Searching yet, buy this edition for sure. If you already own the album, I highly suggest downloading these songs or if you're a diehard fan, buying the re-issue.


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HighandDriving
February 28th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Meh there is a couple cool moments on this record.



Willie
Moderator
February 28th 2008


17623 Comments


I liked the first album a lot more, but this has two of their best songs in my opinion, "Shark Attack" and "Still Searching".

rasputin
February 28th 2008


14968 Comments


I liked a few songs off the album before this, but this really bored me.

millencolinariast
September 14th 2008


20 Comments


lol salvation is a great cover

DarkenedLove
March 28th 2010


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I loved this album from front to back

Athom
Emeritus
March 28th 2010


17240 Comments


Never got the reissue, but Still Searching is easily the best album they have done and will ever do.

Mark3Kyungsoo
June 30th 2010


24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I do not understand senses fail. Their other albums were decent. One of them sucked. And now this album was a masterpiece. If only 'still searching' was them 100% of the time.

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
October 5th 2010


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Adding guitarist Heath Saraceno & producer Brian McTernan, Senses Fail step up to the big leagues with their 2nd LP 'Still Searching'. Energetic from the start, the quintet mature dramatically to improve their vocals, lyrics & musicianship. 'Can't Be Saved' & 'Calling All Cars' are phenomenally catchy, while some surprising experimentation with dynamics on the LP's 2nd half work a treat. With no filler, this is an unforeseen Album of the Year contender! The 6 bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition are all solid, if not sensational. Recommended Tracks: Can't Be Saved, Calling All Cars, Sick or Sane, The Priest and The Matador & Still Searching.

Realm
October 5th 2010


2500 Comments


sensationssss

PinkBlackberry
October 5th 2010


2346 Comments


Album Rating: 3.5

I do not understand senses fail. Their other albums were decent. One of them sucked. And now this album was a masterpiece. If only 'still searching' was them 100% of the time


??

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
October 5th 2010


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I did a double-take & that rating & comment also.

PinkBlackberry
October 5th 2010


2346 Comments


I'm glad I wasn't being a douche. I just feel a master-piece needs a ...master-piece rating.

then again what do I know I "4" everything.

Athom
Emeritus
October 5th 2010


17240 Comments


this is the only senses fail album that i still enjoy and i enjoy it a lot

tapitforever
October 5th 2010


1243 Comments


this album is so good though. jeez louise

PinkBlackberry
October 5th 2010


2346 Comments


very much.

I like that one song, with the catchy vocal hooks.

oh wait...

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
October 5th 2010


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'mmmmmmmmmmm stuck in a coma...

tapitforever
October 5th 2010


1243 Comments


the only song i skip over on this album is can't be saved and thats probably because ive heard it so many times off guitar hero 3 that i want to van gogh myself double ear style

Athom
Emeritus
October 5th 2010


17240 Comments


hahahaha good timing. im listening to that song right now.

PinkBlackberry
October 5th 2010


2346 Comments


I'm also listening to it right now.

besties? I think so

tapitforever
October 5th 2010


1243 Comments


also lol at that



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