Sleeping With Sirens
How It Feels to Be Lost


3.0
good

Review

by TheCalebRobinson USER (21 Reviews)
September 12th, 2019 | 26 replies


Release Date: 09/06/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sleeping With Sirens attempts to resolve their recent identity crisis with a return to form, yielding inconsistent results.

To put it lightly, Sleeping With Sirens has been a polarizing band for the last six years. While they were never universally beloved, their first two albums left a significant impact on the post-hardcore scene of the early 2010’s. Sadly, they went through a bit of an identity crisis with the three albums that followed. After their last release, Gossip, was panned by just about everybody, it was time for a change. Lead vocalist Kellin Quinn promised for heavier music months before the release of How it Feels to Be Lost, and now the question must be asked: Can Sleeping With Sirens correct their mistakes and become a good band again?

Well, kinda.

First things first, Quinn was a man of his word; the entirety of the album feels like a rock album, and has completely abandoned the poppiness of Gossip. Songs like ‘Break Me Down’ and ‘Another Nightmare’ feature some of the heaviest moments that SWS has put together in years. While the band behind Quinn is still nothing spectacular, the guitar work is above average, and the rhythm section does just enough to keep up. As for Quinn himself, if you were never a fan of his unique voice to begin with, you’re probably not going to be converted. However, the album is a lot of fun to listen to, especially if you’re a fan of Sleeping With Siren’s early work. ‘P.S. Missing You’ (despite the cringey name) and ‘Ghost’ feel like they could have come straight from 2011.

While the album’s overall sound is refreshing, it isn’t without its flaws, and some of them are pretty massive. The biggest one of all has to be the weak songwriting. Again, Sleeping With Sirens has never been the most talented or original band to grace the music scene, but some of these songs are laughably written. Take for example, ‘Agree to Disagree’ which has a decent enough beginning, only to be squandered by the teenage-quality lyrics that follow. Other songs like ‘Medicine (Devil in My Head),’ and ‘Never Enough’ (which for some reason has a pretty awkward feature from Benji Madden) are also made forgettable because of weak writing. This is especially unfortunate considering that songwriting was one of Gossip’s worst qualities, and it seems to have had minimal improvement since then. Aside from the lackluster songwriting, it would have also been nicer if they had truly commit to going back to basics, but instead it feels like the band is torn between striving for radio play on rock stations or returning to their roots.

All things considered, it’s good to see Sleeping With Sirens get back on track. It isn’t the best album of the year, nor is it even album of the week, but it still manages to be leaps and bounds ahead of Gossip, and is probably their best album in the last 5 years. If you haven’t heard Sleeping With Sirens in the last few years, and you have 40 minutes of free time, give it a shot, you might be surprised.

HITS: Ghost, Another Nightmare, P.S. Missing You, Break Me Down

MISSES: Agree to Disagree, Medicine (Devil in My Head), Never Enough (ft. Benji Madden)



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TheCalebRobinson
September 12th 2019


105 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Well, it’s my first review here in like 3 years, so I might be a bit rusty. Overall a fan of this album, though. Glad their not too far gone to still make decent music.

veninblazer
September 12th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album lowkey shocked me, didn't think i'd like it this much after how awful Gossip was sans Empire into Ashes

TheCalebRobinson
September 12th 2019


105 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I agree dude. I had all but given up hope in them after Gossip.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2019


10194 Comments


Not a bad review, can't see me taking the time to listen to this to be honest. A couple of punctuation issues need revisiting but welcome back after a three year break.

If anything you're 'hits and misses' section should have a way to be incorporated into the argument of your review.


SteakByrnes
September 12th 2019


15725 Comments


you are 'hits and misses'

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2019


10194 Comments


you are 'hits and misses'


I'll hits your missus ; ]

SteakByrnes
September 12th 2019


15725 Comments


:3

TheCalebRobinson
September 12th 2019


105 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@Nocte Thanks for the feedback! I honestly used to be super intimidated to post my stuff here, but I appreciate the tip and I’ll try to improve from now on.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2019


15633 Comments


weird, i was literally just listening to this trash

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onionbubs
September 12th 2019


11786 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

“kelvin quinn”

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foxblood
September 12th 2019


10016 Comments


does he still not scream anymore? everything I've heard after the first album is so boring and tame

Toondude10
September 12th 2019


14038 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I honestly liked Madness more than this, at least that was fun. This is just boring hard rock.

AYakkingYak
September 12th 2019


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Really impressed by this album. There is not a single song that I don't like, just a couple that I don't particularly love.

TundraL5Z
September 12th 2019


3149 Comments


pos
I'm not gonna lie and say I didn't like their earlier stuff, cause I did, only heard the lead single off it so far, but it wasn't too bad, definitely better than what they have been releasing the past 5 years or so..

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2019


25948 Comments


I really like "Leave it all Behind" but i probably won't listen to anything else from this

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onionbubs
September 12th 2019


11786 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

leave it all behind and break me down were cool and also the first singles so I expected I’d dig this but nope

Muppelope
September 12th 2019


1721 Comments


I actually really enjoyed Agree to Disagree. Catchy af

bloc
September 12th 2019


57563 Comments


Album art looks like if Lumière from Beauty And The Beast went for a job interview, didn't get the job, and then killed himself

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peekatoad
September 12th 2019


77 Comments


Work sucks today. It's like having to listen to this band all day. Terrible.

JesperL
September 12th 2019


446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i wish this band would just.. not



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