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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Despite some of the hype surrounding its release, Say Anything's self-described rock opera ...Is a Real Boy still caught many in the punk scene off-guard, seemingly coming out of nowhere with its theatrical tone and critical, perceptive lyrical makeup. At the helm of the album is the self-conscious 20-something singer/songwriter Max Bemis, who ultimately is Say Anything: he wrote and plays pretty much everything but percussion on the record. The songs were originally written as part of a play, complete with a cast of characters, full story, and spoken interludes. A rise-and-fall plot of sorts, the story line was to be: a band is mediocre until its idealistic frontman who ...
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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Despite some of the hype surrounding its release, Say Anything's self-described rock opera ...Is a Real Boy still caught many in the punk scene off-guard, seemingly coming out of nowhere with its theatrical tone and critical, perceptive lyrical makeup. At the helm of the album is the self-conscious 20-something singer/songwriter Max Bemis, who ultimately is Say Anything: he wrote and plays pretty much everything but percussion on the record. The songs were originally written as part of a play, complete with a cast of characters, full story, and spoken interludes. A rise-and-fall plot of sorts, the story line was to be: a band is mediocre until its idealistic frontman who also suffers from alienation and anxiety in a world of hypocrisy becomes cursed to spew his innermost thoughts in the form of honest songs that alter the band into wildly popular stars before their own hypocrisy leads to their undoing. And though the proposed story line didn't completely transfer to the album, it's almost too easy to see parallels between the real band and the made-up one, envisioning Bemis with his own history of anxiety, depression, and paranoia as the actual hyper-aware lead character. Sure, one could look at this album as self-indulgent, overzealous, and egocentric, but when the songs are as catchy, cutting, and enjoyable as these, it really doesn't matter. The compelling rock of "Belt" starts things off with its thuggish army of background singers, leading into the self-conscious, wry realms of "Woe" choice lyrics include: "she took pity on me, horizontally, but most likely because of my band". Urgent drumbeats and harmonizing vocals open the singalong "Alive with the Glory of Love," a song that is so catchy, one almost forgets the dark, almost Holocaust-like nature of the lyrics a sample line reads "when our city...falls to the axis, they'll search the buildings, collect gold fillings, wallets and rings...you'd look finer with each day in hiding". Musically, the songs are about as full of life as you'll likely find on any indie/punk release in the early 2000s, and Bemis' great lyrics only add to them. Criticisms on popular culture appear alongside self-deprecating, introspective, and sarcastic lines of love and fear. In "Every Man Has a Molly," Bemis implores kids to spend a lot of money on band merchandise after his girlfriend breaks up with him for writing about her in songs "because for you I won't ever have rough sex with Molly Connolly again". At one point, he tells the industry to "go choke on your irony" "The Futile", and frustrations with today's scene come to a sharp peak in the confrontational and biting "Admit It!!!," where an empowered Bemis raises two impassioned middle fingers to the elitist crowds that may reject him and his music. Considering the new-school genre of punk that Say Anything is associated with -- and the audience the album is geared toward -- the record is quite ironic. After all, aren't some of the kids eating this music up the same ones with the elitist, condescending personas Bemis was reacting against in the first place? Either way, ...Is a Real Boy comes off as an impressively well-done, multifaceted effort that deserves multiple spins and makes Say Anything truly a band to watch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 828767166827
  • Catalog Number: 71668

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Say Anything Primary Artist
Paul Jeffrey Vocals
Robert Mann Vocals
Tim O'Heir Vocals
Sierra Swan Vocals
Blair Shehan Vocals
Kyle Fischer Vocals
Bryan Sheffield Vocals
Casper Adams Guitar, Vocals
Casey Prestwood Guitar, Slide Guitar
Stephen Trask Piano, Keyboards
Aaron Farley Vocals
Robb MacLean Vocals
Jeremy Weiss Vocals
Patrick Carrie Vocals
Matt Rubin Vocals
Max Bemis Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Kevin Seaton Bass Guitar, Vocals
Claire Weiss Vocals
Vanessa Peters Vocals
Coby Linder Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Tim O'Heir Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Emily Lazar Mastering
Stephen Trask Arranger, Producer
Peter Bemis Illustrations
Max Bemis Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome..

    I think Say Anything is awesome! Yellow Cat (slash) Red Cat is my favorite. Definently would recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprisingly good

    Although I listen to what would be called, "Alternative Music," if it weren't catching on with the twelve-year-olds that like to think they're deep, I tend not to listen to the overly angsty stuff; I'm over that phase and I don't need it. When I heard "Belt" I was surprised by how much I liked it. The whole CD is great and I'm kind of pissed people can't listen to clips at this site; Say Anything isn't famous enough yet, I guess. If I can ask for anything I hope that they keep quality in mind when they get their deserved masses of fans. Definitely dig this.

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