Saosin
Along the Shadow


3.0
good

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
May 20th, 2016 | 109 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "...I'll be proud to say, as long as I keep making the right decisions, you don't know what's gonna happen tomorrow. But I wanna make those decisions and I'm proud of being able to say, "Yeah, this is what I went through.""

It's 2003. Emo kids are doing their thing unironically; people are rocking skateboards, skinny jeans and songs from Tony Hawk soundtracks. Saosin have just released Translating the Name. It's 2016, and everyone's a little bit older, and if you can listen to Along the Shadow without that twinge of nostalgia - without "I have your voice on tape in a southern accent, screaming at me" echoing in your ears – you missed a damn fine part of growing up at the turn of the century.

When you get down to it, Along the Shadow is at most a solid release from a band that could have contentedly hung up their hats before they ever made a full-length LP. Of course, like any album riding a nostalgia trip as strongly as this, there are pitfalls in the road. The guitar sections are standard fare, chugging along unassumingly in the background while Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Green have a healthy competition for being fan favourite. The songwriting consistently toes the line of just good to great, with self-titled fans lamenting the lack of supremely catchy choruses, Circa Survive fans disappointed at the lack of diversity and everyone annoyed about the two best songs being confined to bonus track hell.

As most old Saosin fans will testify, almost the majority of the appeal comes from the continuing story of Anthony Green, and the way his life spills out into an incredible tapestry stretching from 2003 to the present. As the title suggests, there's a shadow hanging over the thoughts and feelings in this album. Based on an interview with Green from a few months ago, that shadow is most likely his history of drug abuse and recklessness that he fears will be inherited by his children. It's heavy territory to say the least, which comes with enough doubt and self-loathing for a lifetime (expressed superbly by the Circa Survive song "The Difference Between Medicine and Poison..."), but Along the Shadow chooses to go toe to toe with the fear and not back down. Perhaps it's the invigoration that comes with re-igniting old flames, or the birth of his children and the sobriety that comes with it, but even with the balls-out heaviness of Descensus in the rearview mirror it's hard to think of a time where Anthony has sounded more confident and unhindered. Not all of the rhythm section can keep up with one of post-hardcore's most passionate and frenetic frontmen, but as a post-golden years release Along the Shadow could do far, far worse.



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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2016


41404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

This isn't perfect but I hope everyone else got the satisfied feeling that everything was gonna be alright while listening to this album



the interview with Anthony: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/saosin-anthony-green-interview-2016



album stream: http://www.pandora.com/station/play/3147846038026297109

tommygun
May 20th 2016


26847 Comments


what do you know about growing up at the turn of the century, grasshopper?

negged to oblivion

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2016


11673 Comments


Nice write-up Rowan. Concise and none of it's wasted, good work.

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demigod!
May 20th 2016


49295 Comments


scenecore m/

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2016


41404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

fight me tommy



thanks for the feedback Scuro

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2016


14173 Comments


reads more like a 4 to me

but written superbly nonetheless

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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2016


41404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

thanks mortimus I did deliberate on a 3.5

Toondude10
May 20th 2016


13740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

reads more like a 4 to me [2]



still, great write up

Ebola
May 20th 2016


3505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is pretty awesome

Sinternet
May 20th 2016


18824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so disappointing

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OwMySnauze
May 20th 2016


1915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sigh.....

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2016


31493 Comments


2003 ruled pos

TomorrowIsTuesday
May 20th 2016


658 Comments


If they would've just kept Justin as lead guitarist, I think the rating of this album would go up a full point

Faraudo
May 20th 2016


2716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dunno if it is because of nostalgia's sake, but i'm loving this. Anthony Green makes this band 100 times better.

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OwMySnauze
May 20th 2016


1915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Had a feeling this would happen. didn't want Circa crooning with screams Album is good for what it is but disappointed its not a return to form TTN style.

sailSAway
May 21st 2016


1124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nah this reads like the rating given. Nice work. I wonder what all those emo kids are up to these days.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2016


41404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks dudes, agreed about the lack of the old guitarist hurting this a fair bit



pretty sure they're all at college pretending to like Radiohead and Of Monsters and Men while they go home at night and secretly listen to Deja Entendu on repeat

Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 21st 2016


41691 Comments


rowan y u do dis

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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2016


41404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I like to write words and put them in orders that do the grammar thing :-)

Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 21st 2016


41691 Comments


y u do dis for albums like dis when u could do dis for good albums



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