Sound — 5
Saosin had me waiting with bated breath from the moment I heard Keep Secrets off of The Grey EP and I hate to say it, but I was truly let down. I was under the impression that the band Saosin had finally found a perfect communion between the tastefulness of the Cove Reber era and the attitude of the Anthony Green era. Upon hearing a revised version of "Keep Secrets" on "In Search Of Solid Ground" (now called "I Keep My Secrets Safe") my faith started to wane and continued to do so as the album progressed. Saosin captivated me with their first CD (Self-Titled) by their ability to be incredibly catchy while still playing heavy and interesting guitar lines. Needless to say, Rodriguez is one of the best drummers of his generation and Cove's vocal lines left nothing to be desired. On "In Search Of Solid Ground" all of these attributes were more or less forgotten in Saosin's desperate attempt to break out into the mainstream radio genre. Power chords and chunky palm muting were substituted for the creative guitar lines that I once loved Saosin for. Interesting song structures were replaced with boring 90's power pop style choruses. Any fans that still had hope in Saosin after Anthony Green left are going to surely find other music to listen to after they hear this CD. In other words, the band went in exactly the direction that I didn't want them to go in.
Lyrics — 5
Cove has a very unique voice because he has unbelievable power along with a huge range. He really shows his talent in the high vocal ranges because he doesn't lose any of his tone or volume. In other words, the sound of his voice hasn't fallen short of my expectations and he truly puts other vocalists to shame. However, his melodies and lyrics are just pathetic. I expected more from one of the most popular post-hardcore bands on the scene. The songs all start sounding the same after track two and they just get worse from there. Saosin's attempt to become a mainstream band has backfired and they are going to lose more fans than they make with this CD.
Overall Impression — 4
I hate the fact that Saosin has finally fallen victim to the mainstream media that dominates the music scene. "In Search Of Solid Ground" does not have any tracks that make me REALLY want to listen to it more than a few times. I'll stick to the self-titled CD and Anthony Green era Saosin and hope to God that they revert back to their old style on their next CD.