Say Anything
Baseball


2.0
poor

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
November 1st, 2011 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As a blueprint for greatness it succeeds, but as a respectable release it simply can't get off the ground. This is Say Anything's "Baseball," and the band would rather you not know of its existence.

Oh Max Bemis, you crass yet lovable bastard, how I’ve grown accustomed to your booze fueled debauchery and sleazy escapades. With …Is A Real Boy, you and your cohorts showed me your brand of coarse and endearing pop-punk, which was later expanded beyond imagination with In Defense of the Genre. However, these were not the very beginnings of Say Anything, as there was a decidedly different band that started one of today’s most critically lauded pop-punk acts. This was a beginning that the band has been trying to bury; an album near unrecognizable by those who’ve loved the band over the years. Said album is Baseball, and it could best be described as the skeleton in Say Anything’s closet.

Perhaps the most profound thing that can be said about Baseball is that the band itself does not recognize its existence, claiming their first release to have been …Is A Real Boy. And while this seems like a bit of a slimy thing to do, it’s tough to blame them, as Baseball simply isn’t up to Say Anything standard. It’s rough, immature, and staggeringly unrefined. Max Bemis isn’t that guy you love to be repelled by, but instead he plays the part of the loud asshole that causes people to leave parties. He lacks lyrical finesse, belting out lines in a tremendously vapid fashion. The writing is silly and heavy-handed, rather than clever and cute.

But the real failing of Baseball is its stunningly poor musicianship. Oh it’s rough around the edges for sure, with the most unflattering production doing a surprising amount of damage. Power chords and predictable percussion work only add more nails to the coffin, with the members unabashedly playing overly simplistic music that does no favors to the uninteresting songs themselves. Songs blend together, with each hackneyed pop-punk tune sounding just like the one before it. This is exacerbated by the confounding runtime of seventy minutes. The album drags and drags, giving the same feeling of exhaustion felt after a marathon. Length typically isn’t an issue for Say Anything, as the band usually has enough stellar content to fill multiple discs (literally), but Baseball is so dry and forgettable that it feels twice as long as it actually is.

Getting past Max Bemis’ lackluster vocal delivery and lyrical content, as well as the band’s poor performance overall, it’s still difficult to find an endearing album here. The very core is flawed, with poor musicianship and songwriting simply destroying any and all possibilities of a solid record. Yet as a stepping stone it succeeds in many respects. It’s like a rough blueprint; a minor sketch of what would later become a fantastic product. Too bad said sketches are far too broken to rest on their own laurels.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jade
Emeritus
November 1st 2011


10698 Comments


Great review, man. I can't help but agree; love the band, but the album's quite unimpressive.

mynameischan
Emeritus
November 1st 2011


17946 Comments


in my mind this album doesn't even exist

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2011


11776 Comments


i could have sworn someone already reviewed this

Digging: Violents and Monica Martin - Awake and Pretty Much Sober

FromDaHood
November 1st 2011


9107 Comments


I thought it had one too

iFghtffyrdmns
November 1st 2011


7047 Comments


awesome negative write uo, i always feel like these are tougher to do and you did a nice job with it. think this is 3 of 10 in just 2 days awwwy yyyeeee

iFghtffyrdmns
November 1st 2011


7047 Comments


'Resounding' is pretty good though if I remember correctly, idk a girl i dated in like 9th grade made me a mixtape and that song was on it haha

mynameischan
Emeritus
November 1st 2011


17946 Comments


yeah there used to be one

newjunkaesthetic93
November 2nd 2011


1871 Comments


I like Colorblind.

The Sludge
November 2nd 2011


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like Colorblind. [2]

Crymsonblaze
November 2nd 2011


8221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I like it though, it's cool to see how much they grew between this and IARB.

clercqie
November 2nd 2011


6520 Comments


Nice review, Xeno.

Guess, I'll stick to the usual albums then...

Sanders
November 2nd 2011


2410 Comments


Chan, why is your title mod on the forum but staff on here?

Ire
November 2nd 2011


41948 Comments


omg

Mordecai.
November 2nd 2011


8361 Comments


Because chan is god and god is everywhere and everything

Sanders
November 2nd 2011


2410 Comments


Does this mean he's out of emeritirement?

Mordecai.
November 2nd 2011


8361 Comments


chan never retires, he simply waits in the shadows until the time is right

Sanders
November 2nd 2011


2410 Comments


Chan doesn't flush toilets, he scares the shit out of them.

InFiction
November 2nd 2011


3839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually quite like this album, but I have a strong feeling it's only because it's Say Anything. If it was anyone else, it'd probably be dodgy in my eyes.

Mordecai.
November 2nd 2011


8361 Comments


why aren't you talking about chan?

pmmets07
November 2nd 2011


5984 Comments


awesome review. i could never get into this although i love iarb.



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