The Beemdawg is back with a vengeance, and he's come equipped with Say Anything's new self-titled album, a charming, addictive and definitive pop-punk roller coaster ride that kicks some serious ass and takes a multitude of names.
Say Anything is quickly becoming a mainstay in popular music and a fresh, uncompromised follow-up to Fall Out Boy's mainstream pop-punk success. There is just something so unique, emotional and relatable about Max Bemis' vocal onslaught that it's hard not to sing along.
As the follow-up to the 2007 double-disc In Defense of the Genre, Say Anything does much to redefine the band's direction. While IDOTG is an extraordinary effort, 2004's ...Is a Real Boy does more in the way of establishing the groundwork for what Say Anything is and isn't. IDOTG was a well-received example of pop-punk experimentation, but it took so many twists and turns that it seemed the band had lost control of its own musical machinery. The self-titled brings Say Anything back to earth again, offering 13 knockout tracks that meld together into an amalgam of anxiety, ecstasy and sarcasm.
Lyrically, SA blows much of today's pop music scene out of the water. Bemis is relatable simply because he's honest; he's narcissistic and he knows it. But he's interesting, and that's why we want to hear more. His lyrical voice is definitive of a generation, chock-full of hilarious pop-culture references and reflective philosophy.
I haven't been able to stop spinning this album since it's release two weeks ago. Aside from a song or two that were obviously crafted as radio singles, SA is the kind of album I've come to expect from Say Anything--one you can put on your iTunes playlist and play on repeat without skipping any tracks. Fueled by a fiery pop-punk energy, SA is easily my top album of 2009.
Awesomely enough, Say Anything is streaming the entire thing at their MySpace page. Check that shit out. Personal favorites: "Less Cute," "Mara and Me," "She Won't Follow You."
Btw, nice family pic boys.
"He's like a less cute version of you / but he'll have to do."
- Say Anything, "Less Cute"