...Is A Real Boy review by Say Anything

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  • Released: Aug 3, 2004
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (70 votes)
Say Anything: ...Is A Real Boy
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Sound — 9
The sound of. Is A Real Boy blows me away. It has an intense punk rock feeling while touching on other genres such as pop punk, alternative, acoustic, and just plain rock. Many cds these days are really frustrating because every single song sounds the same!!! This, however, is not one of those albums. Each song has a new sound, purpose, and soul. It is one of the few albums I can sit and listen to without skipping a song. Each song is intricately composed and is timed with perfection. For example, in "An Orgy Of Critics," the distorted screeching guitar intro is followed by a drum beat and a breakdown that is timed perfectly. The same goes for tracks such as "Yellow Cat/Red Cat" and "Belt." The guitar (played by frontman Max Bemis) is amazing, combining bright pop punk riffs with screeching alternative licks. Though I absolutely love the album, I must admit there are some tracks that may be a turnoff at first listen ("Slowly Through A Vector," "The Writhing South" and " I Will Never Write an Obligatory Song About Being on the Road and Missing Someone") but you learn to like them as you listen to them more and more. While some songs can get repetitive from a strictly musical view ("Total Revenge" and "Metal Now" in particular) they are still very catchy and will be stuck in your head for weeks after the first listen. Overall, the music is incredibly composed and must be heard by all musicians.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics of Say Anything are unmistakable. They are as outspoken and inappropriate as they are true and honest. With tracks such as "Admit It," "I Want To Know Your Plans," "Wow I Can Get Sexual Too," and "Woe," this album is a lyrical masterpiece with a truckload of emotion behind every phrase. The vocal stylings of Max Bemis are very different, and if you aren't a fan of the band you will find them really weird and strange. But the more you listen and the more you understand the songs, you will eventually LOVE the vocals and the lyrics. I can't think of a single song on this that doesn't have great lyrics and vocals. The lyrics and vocals on... Is A Real Boy are easily classified as PERFECT

Overall Impression — 10
This album blows the rest of the punk rock/alternative scene away. Say Anything is no doubt the next big thing in rock music. I love every single song, and it's hard to pick favorites. Belt, Woe, Alive w/ the Glory of Love, Spidersong, Chia-Like I Shall Grow, I Want To Know Your Plans, Admit It, and Wow I Can Get Sexual Too are the most impressive standout tracks from the album. I would definitely pay ANY PRICE to buy this album again if it was stolen or lost. I love this album and anyone who likes punk or alternative will love it too. Get ready because Say Anything is out to take over the music world.

20 comments sorted by best / new / date

    devine_5150
    Wow..an 'emo' album that actually hasn't had a single hater in either reviews or comments. That's impressive on UG! Might check them out to see if they are half decent
    They aren't, unless you like bands with lead singers who sound like whiny ten-year-old girls.
    Msu_Man04
    ShrimpthePimp wrote: killerswan wrote: 6cradle6of6filt wrote: Lol there a joke right? they arent emo they arent punk they are crap they are shit More like they are better than anything you will ever listen to. +100.
    X1000
    TheThirdDay
    you know someone is a legit authority on musical authority when they include 666 in their username!
    Win.
    kfong03
    Msu_Man04 wrote: "Alive With the Glory of Life" is pure sex.
    +1 that mate
    ShrimpthePimp
    killerswan wrote: 6cradle6of6filt wrote: Lol there a joke right? they arent emo they arent punk they are crap they are shit More like they are better than anything you will ever listen to.
    +100.
    killerswan
    6cradle6of6filt wrote: Lol there a joke right? they arent emo they arent punk they are crap they are shit
    More like they are better than anything you will ever listen to.
    OnlyRevolutions
    When I first heard these guys ("Wow I can Get Sexual Too") I thought it was absolute crap, but after actually listening to this CD I think Bemis is freakin' amazing. Not all of the songs are good, but the ones that are are great. Seriously, give them a chance, I did and I am glad.
    blueweezer
    One of my favorite albums, I couldn't possibly live without. I was however disappointed with their newest album.
    pagefan
    Best Album I ever bought, and i'm saying this two years after i first bought it. Seriously great album and band. Max is the best lyricist since Bob Dylan
    erotic sweaters
    I don't know much about the band, but this review is pretty awful. The guy can't write to save his life, for example, look at the sentence "This album lyrically astonishing." Actually that's not a sentence. And come on, let's have a review that's a little critical, Say Anything may not be complete shit, but they're not the best in their genre.
    Guitar}Zero
    this is a legit album, I heard the new one was kind of weak though - I dig Max's slack-ass vocals
    Side Effect
    I cannot even find the words to respond to the 2 guys above me. I guess if you don't like the music you don't like it, but to call them shit and crap when in fact they are one of the best acts in their genre is just being ignorant. Max Bemis is a genius and if you have heard any of his lyrics you would know this.
    BlisteringDDj
    TheAmenCorner89 wrote: Wow..an 'emo' album that actually hasn't had a single hater in either reviews or comments. That's impressive on UG! Might check them out to see if they are half decent
    Yeah, me too...
    TheAmenCorner89
    Wow..an 'emo' album that actually hasn't had a single hater in either reviews or comments. That's impressive on UG! Might check them out to see if they are half decent
    blink182plus44
    6cradle6of6filt wrote: Lol there a joke right? they arent emo they arent punk they are crap they are shit
    you know someone is a legit authority on musical authority when they include 666 in their username!