Say Anything
…Is Committed



Release Date: 05/24/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Come spend an hour in the asylum Say Anything is committed to.

If there’s one word that best describes …Is Committed, it’s “unhinged.” And because of that, this is a very tough album to review. On one hand, the album is brimming with energy, and the band (more specifically, Max Bemis) has proven that they’re still capable of writing earworms. Songs like Psyche, and (if you can believe it) On Cum have some of the best choruses that the band has written in years. And as stated before, there’s energy and passion in each track. However, there is a glaring fault with this record that simply cannot go ignored…

The songwriting.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that …Is Committed has some of the worst, most cringe-inducing lyrics I’ve ever heard – not just from a Say Anything album, but in general. A recurring theme present in this album is Bemis’ sexual relationship with his wife, Sherri DuPree. In fact, sex in general is a common topic in …Is Committed’s lyrics. If you were to take a shot for each time Bemis references orgasms and/or cum, you’d be in the hospital with alcohol poisoning long before the album finishes. Thankfully not every song is about sex, but even those that aren’t suffer from (at best) inconsistent songwriting. Bemis tends to get in his own way on this record – the two aforementioned songs, Psyche on On Cum are both perfect examples of this. The former ends with a slam poem-esque monologue from Bemis that doesn’t mesh well at all with the highly energetic optimism of the rest of the track, and the latter ends with a downtempo portion that features Bemis enlightening us with his thoughts on cum (hence the song title).

However, despite the songwriting criticisms, certain tracks have a certain “so bad it’s good” quality to them that I just can’t deny. I, Vibrator’s chorus features the lines: ”I’m gonna get myself off” and ”this Jew is finna vibrate” over and over, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me chuckle a little bit – and the chorus somehow wound up stuck in my head anyway.

Thankfully there are some legitimately high-quality tracks on …Is Committed’s. The four-song run from Carrie & Lowell & Cody (Pendent) to Daisy’s is quite enjoyable – and not in an ironic sense. Those four songs collectively are probably the best written on the album, and they all benefit from Bemis’ passionate vocal delivery and his ability to write infectious earworms.

The album’s final two tracks are a bit of a mixed bag however – and they’re the two longest songs on the album by far. Woman Song is a slow-paced, emotional ballad about DuPree that features Bemis crying during certain parts. I’m not going to tell you that the song is necessarily good because of it, but the raw emotion conveyed in the track at least feels genuine. And the song ends in a meta sort of way with a conversation between Bemis and DuPree where they discuss their thoughts on the song. In this conversation, DuPree shares her opinion that having two long songs back-to-back on the album is probably not a good idea, which I admit is funny considering the length of the album’s closer, Fan Fiction – which isn’t a bad song, but it does admittedly go on too long. Guess Bemis should’ve listened to his wife after all.

All in all, …Is Committed is…fine. Hell, at parts it’s great. But it’s not an album that I could ever see myself recommending to somebody that isn’t already a fan of Say Anything. Even with that being said however, I’d imagine the hypersexual songwriting and unhinged nature of the album is going to turn away many longtime fans. But you know what? I enjoyed it. There is fun to be had listening to …Is Committed. And at the end of the day, what more can you expect from a Say Anything album in 2024?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JoyfulPlatypus
May 24th 2024


838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Slow day at the office so I decided to shake the rust and write this mess of an album a review. Expecting lots of differing (and negative) opinions on this! As always feedback/criticism is more than welcome.

JoyfulPlatypus
May 24th 2024


838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Also I haven't verified this myself but this has gotta be the most uses of the word "cum" in a sputnik review lmao

oisincoleman64
May 24th 2024


2736 Comments


I'm scared to even listen to this

JoyfulPlatypus
May 24th 2024


838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I was scared to even review this lol. Giving this a positive score may have ruined any remaining credibility I had as a music critic.

SlothcoreSam
May 24th 2024


6262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The last 2 tracks are 10% brilliance and , 90% manic ramblings.



Bremis is a strange character, and instead of being himself in his own home, he's let the whole world see just what is going on in his fucked up head.

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2024


19037 Comments


Solid review, it paints a vivid picture of the insanity that you perceived this album to be. Change "ladder" to "latter" in the 2nd paragraph, but other than that it looks great, pos

JoyfulPlatypus
May 24th 2024


838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@YoYo - thank you! And good catch, I always fuck up the spelling of at least one thing per review lol

Zac124
May 25th 2024


2915 Comments


Is this the album with the really fucked up song titles?

JoyfulPlatypus
May 25th 2024


838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@Zac - Depends. Do you consider the titles: On Cum/I, Vibrator/Auto Harmonic Ass Fixation to be fucked up? Lmao

Zac124
May 25th 2024


2915 Comments


Yes. I may skip this one.

Trebor.
Emeritus
May 25th 2024


59912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Please be good

onionbubs
May 25th 2024


21558 Comments


im never checking this out

anode
May 25th 2024


2359 Comments


Good thinking I wish I never heard it

anode
May 25th 2024


2359 Comments


Oh lol I thought we were on the …is a real boy thread

Scoot
May 25th 2024


22259 Comments


why is max still going

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2024


2407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first SA album I’ve liked in 15 years

Slex
May 25th 2024


16801 Comments


That's a you problem

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2024


47793 Comments


I've seen a few lyrics to this posted around and they are without exaggeration the worst lyrics I've ever seen lol

Slex
May 25th 2024


16801 Comments


I Vibrator without exaggeration is the worst song I've ever heard, no way in hell I'm listening to this

Sagacious13
May 26th 2024


9 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

can't believe I'm saying this but this is actually better in some ways than I would have ever expected. your review made me skeptical and sounded more 2.5ish but after listening feels spot on. album's not great and has some real bad moments but finishes strong and comes out all right. pos



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