In Defense of the Genre [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Max Bemis -- the medicated frontman responsible for every melody, riff, and snare hit on Say Anything's debut -- has broadened his approach for the band's follow-up release. In Defense of the Genre is a double-disc set spanning every nook and cranny of Bemis' record collection, with a full lineup accompanying his romps through screamo, show tunes, and the usual pop-punk territory. Also along for the ride are a number of collaborators, and anyone who questions Say Anything's ability to stay afloat in light of their frontman's bipolar disorder need only notice the supportive cameos by Gerard Way, Pete Yorn, and Chris Carrabba. But even if Bemis has the support of the music ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Max Bemis -- the medicated frontman responsible for every melody, riff, and snare hit on Say Anything's debut -- has broadened his approach for the band's follow-up release. In Defense of the Genre is a double-disc set spanning every nook and cranny of Bemis' record collection, with a full lineup accompanying his romps through screamo, show tunes, and the usual pop-punk territory. Also along for the ride are a number of collaborators, and anyone who questions Say Anything's ability to stay afloat in light of their frontman's bipolar disorder need only notice the supportive cameos by Gerard Way, Pete Yorn, and Chris Carrabba. But even if Bemis has the support of the music industry, he still refuses to play by its rules, structuring In Defense of the Genre like a schizophrenic mixtape instead of something traditionally cohesive. The songs function like a series of miniature suites, making left-hand turns without warning and mixing genres together with a deft hand. Electronica choruses rub shoulders with punky verses in "No Soul." Broadway-styled orchestrations in "That Is Why" give way to the aggressive "Surgically Removing the Tracking Device." Elsewhere, Bemis finds room to toss everything from doo wop to reggae into the pot, and although the resulting concoction isn't quite as appetizing as ...Is a Real Boy, it's certainly good enough to warrant several helpings. Bemis may be seeking to defend the emo genre, but his album instead illustrates the difference between run-of-the-mill emo -- which, indeed, comprises most of the genre's output -- and the imaginative, skillful tunes that flourish here. The only major downside is the album's length; at 89 minutes, it often comes across as untrimmed and longwinded, particularly during the second disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 886971870121
  • Catalog Number: 718701
  • Sales rank: 38,536

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Say Anything Primary Artist
Andy Jackson Vocals, Guest Appearance
Anna Waronker Vocals, Guest Appearance
DJ Swamp DJ, Guest Appearance
Matt Skiba Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jake Turner Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Caithlin De Marrais Vocals, Guest Appearance
Pete Yorn Vocals, Guest Appearance
Chad Gilbert Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jordan Pundik Vocals, Guest Appearance
Chris Conley Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ken Vasoli Vocals, Guest Appearance
Aaron Gillespie Vocals, Guest Appearance
Casey Prestwood Pedal Steel Guitar, Guest Appearance
Anthony Raneri Vocals, Guest Appearance
Chris Carrabba Vocals, Guest Appearance
Gerard Way Vocals, Guest Appearance
Max Bemis Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Laura June Kirsch Vocals, Guest Appearance
Parker Case Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Anthony Green Vocals, Guest Appearance
Fred Mascherino Vocals, Guest Appearance
Michael Auerbach Vocals, Guest Appearance
Alexander Kent Bass, Group Member
Adam Lazarra Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jacob Linder Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Joshua Sultan Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jeffrey Turner Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Andy Jackson Engineer
Brad Wood Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Emily Lazar Mastering
Jeff Smith Illustrations
Ross Peterson Engineer
Max Bemis Composer
Alexander Kent Composer
Jacob Linder Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Say anything is good but

    this band has some pretty sweet sound and great vocals my fav off the album Baby Girl I'm a Blur. but the only problem is that there lyrics are very insulting. They talk about stuff that should be talked about. but if you are looking for an album with great sound to it buy it. I don't recommend it to any of the people who get offended easliy

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