Arrivals And Departures review by Silverstein

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  • Released: Jul 3, 2007
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 8.7 (96 votes)
Silverstein: Arrivals And Departures
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Sound — 7
Their sound has changed a little bit, from being in your face, technical guitar riffs, to a more heavy linear sound. They wanted to mature a little more and change things up a little, but I don't think that it made them any better. It sorta downplayed their catchy sound, and made them less easy to listen to. Their guitar riffs are good, but they could have done so much more with it. The drum track is nothing special, it's like Paul had a "whatever" attitude going into recording. The bass is normal for a band, no special solos or anything throughout. The vocals are almost the same. They've changed a little though, for better or for worse, I'm really unsure. Overall, they've got a more radio appropriate sound, and are edging away from their underground roots.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics in this record are still the same Silverstein, and they did try to make them a little more mature. But they made the lyrics sound a little more cornier and more like something out of a chick-flick. The lyrics match the music pretty well, and seem to blend together nicely. The only problem is Shane's singing style in this album. it sounds like he took melody pieces out of Discovering The Waterfront, and put them right into this piece of work. He also sounds like his voice is synthesized in some sort of way throughout the entire record. It is really noticable when in the song "Sound Of The Sun", when Shane stops screaming and begins singing with "And I don't know what's wrong with me, I wanted to be all the things you need". They do scream a considerable amount, but in their new sound it's almost needed less, and takes away from the music a little.

Overall Impression — 7
Compared to their other albums, this sounds like a lesser effort. It's almost like they ran out of ideas. A lot of the songs on this record sound the same, but there are a few good ones. "Sound Of The Sun" is a good start to their album, but with the song "Bodies And Words", it's like a move away from their sound, and their single, "If You Could See Into My Soul", it doesn't sound anything like the Silverstein I used to know. It's probably because they're trying to get their name out there more, but to the old fans, it's not really them. I would like to see the old sound again, but when bands mature, that normally never comes back.

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    SilversteinOwns
    The Cd is amazing, even though its somewhat different then the Silverstein we all know. They as a band are evolving into something better, and lyrics and vocals and much improved, its an amazing cd. but everything silverstein really does is amazing. Its one of those cds, you can listen to over and over, and not skip one track; you can actually let the whole cd play and keep it on repeat for days. i think its a big step for Silverstein, to show what has been going on for years of touring and they actually put all their experience into it. i like it alot
    carrotcake
    SilversteinOwns wrote: The Cd is amazing, even though its somewhat different then the Silverstein we all know. They as a band are evolving into something better, and lyrics and vocals and much improved, its an amazing cd. but everything silverstein really does is amazing. Its one of those cds, you can listen to over and over, and not skip one track; you can actually let the whole cd play and keep it on repeat for days. i think its a big step for Silverstein, to show what has been going on for years of touring and they actually put all their experience into it. i like it alot
    You thought it was that good?
    deathbyawesome
    i saw em live with rise against about a week ago, they played some songs from the new album, and they sounded pretty good.
    rodgab3
    silverstein is awesome, they put on one of the best shows ive ever seen. thats why ive seen them 5 times already!
    decemberisdecay
    It sucks how this CD was leaked on the internet weeks ago. But it's an awesome CD I bought it before it came out on Saturday from a cd store owner that had it. But anyway this cd is awesome.
    HH_Emo_666
    i didnt buy this cd yet but from what ive heard [ the first 3 songs ] its pretty good. even though i heard all of these lyrics and lines from other bands so its not all that original. but all together im going to def. buy it because Silverstein is one of my favorite bands. The question bout Best Buy .. I didn't go there today but if I buy it from anyplace its going to be there so you could get those 2 extra tracks. About it being leaked, yea it def was .. but another funny thing that on like Sunday or Monday it was already on Itunes to buy. Funny eh?
    carrotcake
    yeah, best buy had like a million copys and.... what two extra tracks, I thought the cd had 11 songs?
    Ian531
    I am a huge silverstein fan, and i was a a little dissapointed witht their new CD, i got it at best buy with the two extra tracks, I liked their first two E.P.s "the shadows that beam" and "Summer Stelar Gaze" which were crudley recorded and had only 6 tracks alot better than "arrivals and departures" ther reason i dont really like their new CD two much is because its completly different from their first albums, the tone was completly different, and also musicly it was completly different, they did not have one good breakdown compared to their other songs, and they no longer used sevenths like they did in "giving up" and other songs like those. they also barely had any octave runs, and they didnt use the progression that consisted of a power chord going to another "emo chord" as i like to call it which was that powerchord with the root a half step down as well as its octave, but the 5th, staying in place. Also, Shane's vocals and lyrics were very different, his vocals didnt stray to far from his normal style but it did a little as well as his lyrics, also paul koeler had a dif druming style, it was much more bland, and kept more time than anything, it had nothing that stood out like on the previous CD's, they also repeated choruses way more than they usually do in most of their previous songs, also i found the choruses to b bland and that the verses tended to b more interesting. they also did not use their contrasting and deep changes between clean and overdriven like they used to. I also find it interesting that they played a few of the song in drop Db tuning, like in the songs Sound of the Sun and Bodies and Words. Which they also have not done before, they have previously only done Drop D and standard E tuning. So, basicly, i was a bit dissapointed, Silverstein is still my overall favorite band, i thought that the CD was good up till the 6th or 7th track, but after that, it just wasnt silverstein anymore,
    fret13
    SilversteinOwns wrote: The Cd is amazing, even though its somewhat different then the Silverstein we all know. They as a band are evolving into something better, and lyrics and vocals and much improved, its an amazing cd. but everything silverstein really does is amazing. Its one of those cds, you can listen to over and over, and not skip one track; you can actually let the whole cd play and keep it on repeat for days. i think its a big step for Silverstein, to show what has been going on for years of touring and they actually put all their experience into it. i like it alot
    ??? r u a mainstream emo kid or somethin?