Los Angeles rock band Say Anything will release its highly anticipated third albumon November 3rd on RCA Records. Self-titled, the 12-song collection was producedby veteran producer/mixer/engineer Neal Avron, who has also worked withWeezer, The Wallflowers, Fall Out Boy, and Everclear, among many others. Theband - which is frontman Max Bemis, drummer Coby Linder, bassist Alex Kent,guitarists Jake Turner and Jeff Turner, and keyboardist Parker Case - recordedit in early 2009 at the Boat Studio in Los Angeles.Say Anything is the first studio album from the band since its critically acclaimed2007 double-disc In Defense of the Genre, which Entertainment Weekly praisedas an ''ambitious artistic statement'' and Alternative Press called ''an opus thatmusicians more than twice Bemis' age could only hope to create.'' Say Anythingexploded onto the music scene with their 2004 Doghouse Records debut... Is A Real Boy, which told the ultimate coming-of-age story in a swirling stormof sex, drugs, angst, and gut-wrenchingly honest rock & roll.
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Say Anything emerged into the public eye with Is a Real Boy, a very experimental album with bizarre, sometimes totally self-indulgent lyrics that were also very cool and interesting surrounded in punk hooks and musical experimentation. Their followup, the 2-disc In Defense of the Genre, written by a newly sober Max Bemis, featured much more to-the-point lyrics in yet another incredibly-written album that, while not every song was a winner, looking at it as a whole, was pretty much a masterpiece. It was a look into the man's head as he went through a very dark time of his life dealing with his mental health, an abusive relationship, and his recovery.
And now, we have the 3rd CD, the self-titled Say Anything, and this is their easiest to listen to, and most 'to the point' CD yet. Featuring no profanity whatsoever (a first for this band, which typically loaded their songs with curse words,) clocking in at 46 minutes (noticeably shorter than Is a Real Boy and around 40 minutes...
Say Anything's previous work was spectacular. I love it, I really do. But there are only so many songs you can write about mental illness, breakups, drugs, and being generally angry before you have to mix it up a little. They were terrific songs, don't get me wrong, but it was clearly time for something new. Say Anything still keeps a lot of these topics, but they took a new and better look at these themes, while exploring new ones.
Faith comes in a lot more heavily on this album than previous ones, although there have been religious references in most of Say Anything's work. Love is another theme that carries through. Not lust. Not love/hate relationships. Love. Which makes perfect sense since Max Bemis - the singer, main lyricist, and one of maybe two constant members - has recently been married. Both of these are refreshing changes of pace. "Cemetery," a song that touches on both of those things, is probably the best track of the album.
If you love Say Anything, this album is perfect. I think this one and "...Is a Real Boy" are my favorites. I don't know what else to say other than Max Bemis is a lyrical genius.
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