Saves the Day
Sound the Alarm



by Kif USER (11 Reviews)
April 10th, 2006 | 22 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

After the dismal aftermath that insued when In Reverie was released in 2003, and the rumours of the band's departure from the pop-punk music world when the b-sides collection Ups & Downs: Early Recordings And B-Sides saw the light of day in 2004, it's always refreshing to hear a return as magnificent and beautiful as this. No mistakes here, Saves The Day have clearly spent time creating an album longtime fans would appreciate as much as the new ones they hope to gain with this album. It's a blend of the musicianship and lyrics that got them noticed in the first place, combined with a somehwat gritty production sound that is reminicent of the band's older material. Album openers "Head For The Hills" and "The End" are perfect examples of this. The guitar work in the first song sounds rough, but also fits brilliantly with the band's sound. Whereas in the second song, it's much bassier and less relient on those unorthodox riffs.

Of course, it's not all overdistortion and harsh vocals. "Eulogy" is a taster of what Saves The Day can really do when they want to write slower songs. Their first single is a darker look at the band though, with lyrics such as "Iíd cave out my lungs and it's all just to see you again/Iím sick in my gut from the poison I drank to forget". That's a constant theme on this album, and as cliche as it might sound, Saves The Day are as emotional as they come with pop-punk. It's sometimes hard to listen to as well. Tracks like "Hell Is Here", probably the most disturbing song on the album in my opinion, include some of the most disturbing lyrics I've heard. "But I donít know why/Everyone you know will someday die" just freaks me out a lot when I listen to that song, an obvious look at the self-destruction of human society. And yet, it ends so calmly on a single, clean strum. It's this improvement that I think Saves The Day have made, in that they have learnt how to write slower and more lyric-based songs better than before. Just listen to "Shattered" and read the lyrics. I won't post any up here, because almost all the song is made up of some sort of violence. But it's slightly disturbing, and the fact that I have listened to that song again and again, and I know the lyrics, must mean something.

Don't worry though if you are thinking you will end up crying yourself to sleep when listening to this CD. I'd say that's far from the truth, unless you are actually affected by lyrics that much. In which case, you should know better than to listen to Saves The Day. There are a lot of songs on this album that you can just dance to. The variety is perfectly within the band's boundries, as to not make the listener worried they are listening to someone else. Take "Dying Day", one of my favourites, a perfect bop-along song with cathcy lyrics and a simple structure. It might not be too original, but they certain have pulled it off well. "Delusional" is another good examples, which combines their talent of writing very expressive lyrics with an upbeat pop-punk melody, and I think that helps visualize the lyrics better. "Drag me out and hang me from the trees/Upside down and leave me to die alone" is just another taster of what vocalist/guitarist Chris Conley sings every day. Like I said before, the lyrics in this album are not for the faint of heart. They aren't sugar-coated with metaphors and funny one-liners a lot of bands use to help us remember them. These are straight to the point, and are usually very upsetting. Chris' vocals are another strongpoint of the album. Powerful and not too clean, they fits Saves The Day's hardcore pop-punk style to perfection, and you can hear how genuinely he feels about every word he sings on this album. Without Chris, I don't think this band would be half as good as they are now.

The album in it's entirety is only 35 minutes long, but don't let that bother you since this album is one you can stick on repeat again and again. There are some songs I have listened to this on repeat for over and over, just to hear them again. This is definately not Saves The Day's best work, a spot best reserved for Stay What You Are in my opinion. But dammit they've tried their hardest to replicate the success of that album here. Sound The Alarm is jam-packed with downright depressing pop-punk that will stick in your head for days. It doesn't sound as polished as most pop-punk albums nowadays, and it certainly isn't as safe, with lots of riffs and lyrics taking risks with the listener. But those risks paid off with me, reassuring me that Saves The Day is truely not dead and dusted, and I think most pop-punk fans owe it to themselves to pick up this album. Whether you were behind them throughout the beginning of their career, or you just heard their name uttered on a message board, this band are one of the most well-known in the pop-punk scene, and this album is yet more proof of why that is.

Recommended tracks
"Head For The Hills"
"The End"
"Hell Is Here"

[url][/url] (Songs from review: "The End", "Shattered")

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April 10th 2006


Are you STILL a 2006 n00b?

Pretty boring band.

Electric City
April 10th 2006


Did this really get released today? If so, then I can't really trust the review.

Otherwise, you did a great job with it.This Message Edited On 04.10.06

April 10th 2006


good review and this album definately beats out in reverie so we're on the right track!

April 11th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I've had it for a week or so now (yes i'm bad pesron so shoot me) and i can't tell you just how much i'm falling in love with this album. Its just stunning, its all i've been lissioing to and i still get the feeling theres so much "more" to the ablum than i've found yet... give me a year and i'll tell you if its there best album but right now i can only say its 2nd to TBC... They've just droped an album which from the start explodes in shuch a refreshing way, in a world of poppunk which at the moment basicly all sounds excactly the same... don't get me wrong i love FOB and the new hits the lights album is just awsome... but they almost seem flat when comperd to this

April 11th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

This is real pop-punk, Fall out boy isn't pop-punk, neither is Panic at the disco or any of those bands. Saves the Day are one of the bands that started the genre and there one of the few that still kick ass.

April 11th 2006


This is real pop-punk, Fall out boy isn't pop-punk, neither is Panic at the disco or any of those bands. Saves the Day are one of the bands that started the genre and there one of the few that still kick ***.

No, those are powerpop, but Saves The Day DEFINITELY didn't start the genre.

April 13th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I went to the CD store today. They didn't have this on the shelves. >=(

April 13th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Well I guess they didn't start it but I think they improved it.

April 16th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

They didn't start it, but they most definately improved it. The reason why they have such great staying power and a hardcore fan base (much like AFI from the punk genre) is that they have the ability not make a records that sound like clones. Great record; only "pop punk" band I still listen to after a decade.

April 17th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I missed the voice of "In Reverie", but this album is like a clash of everything they have done so far. Too bad the songs are so short.

*Must listen to it more*

April 17th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I think this album is better than Through Being Cool. Fact that I bought it at Best Buy for $9.36 was the best part.

WTF? Stay What You Are is still $16.99 though....

Delusional is a damn good song.

April 17th 2006


Great band.
I absolutely hated In Reverie, so this is light years better.

April 19th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to In Reverie before i had anything else from saves the day. I think the vocals on In Reverie gave it more originality, but he does sound crappier =p I find saves the day before and after in reverie so much better

Bad Blood
July 5th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Ha, this band isn't boring at all.

I really like the change STD made when making this album, bloody awesome.

July 24th 2006


i find this album to be pretty boring

June 30th 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

I love Saves The Day

But I think this is one of their worst.

Check out 'Stay What You Are' and 'Through Being Cool' for classic albums by them.

June 30th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

Stay What You Are and In Reverie (Through Being Cool is pretty good too)

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November 25th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

this is really a damn good album. can't hold a candle to the first 3 obviously doe

March 5th 2013


pretty good album so far like.

"No, those are powerpop, but Saves The Day DEFINITELY didn't start the genre."

such ignorance

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October 21st 2018


Album Rating: 4.0

yo this is fucking SICK

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