Say Anything

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Clocking in at 46 minutes -- nearly half the running time of 2007's In Defense of the Genre -- Say Anything's fourth album is both trim and tuneful, with Max Bemis devoting more focus than ever to the tightening of his quirky, unchained pop songs. "Focus" is a relative term, of course; the frontman still finds time to run wild throughout this disc, rearranging conventional song structures like Picasso and sampling from multiple genres -- emo, rock, punk-pop, R&B, even doo wop -- with greedy glee. The choruses boast stronger hooks this time around, though, which lends heft to Say Anything's musical mish-mash, and the band's willingness to break rules is what makes this...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Clocking in at 46 minutes -- nearly half the running time of 2007's In Defense of the Genre -- Say Anything's fourth album is both trim and tuneful, with Max Bemis devoting more focus than ever to the tightening of his quirky, unchained pop songs. "Focus" is a relative term, of course; the frontman still finds time to run wild throughout this disc, rearranging conventional song structures like Picasso and sampling from multiple genres -- emo, rock, punk-pop, R&B, even doo wop -- with greedy glee. The choruses boast stronger hooks this time around, though, which lends heft to Say Anything's musical mish-mash, and the band's willingness to break rules is what makes this album so refreshing. Arriving at the tail-end of 2009, a year in which most emo-pop was compressed, polished, and wholly indebted to Top 40 radio, Say Anything is as unpredictable as they come, boasting 13 tracks that sound dangerous and delicious at the same time. "There are babies with guns beheading their friends in shopping malls around the world, yet somehow the Kings of Leon still have time to write songs about girls," Bemis sing at the beginning of "Mara and Me," adding "I don't suck much less" in a guttural scream. It's this combination of self-loathing and pop culture critique that fuels most of the album, and Bemis distances himself from his contemporaries by briefly embracing their tricks -- the palm-muted guitar chords, the "whoa oh oh" background vocals, the dramatic delivery -- before turning them on their heads, whether that means adding pizzicato strings to "Do Better" or circus-styled keyboard to the aforementioned "Mara and Me." This is an impulsive album, an odd piece of work that manages to be puzzling without alienating the listener.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886975641024
  • Catalog Number: 756410
  • Sales rank: 22,880

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fed to Death (1:36)
  2. 2 Hate Everyone (3:13)
  3. 3 Do Better (3:51)
  4. 4 Less Cute (3:05)
  5. 5 Eloise (3:48)
  6. 6 Mara and Me (3:52)
  7. 7 Crush'd (4:25)
  8. 8 She Won't Follow You (2:43)
  9. 9 Cemetery (3:55)
  10. 10 Property (4:11)
  11. 11 Death for My Birthday (4:10)
  12. 12 Young Dumb and Stung (3:25)
  13. 13 Ahhh...Men (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Say Anything Primary Artist
Tom Scott Saxophone
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jamie Muhoberac Piano
Jeff Turner Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jake Turner Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Sherri DuPree Vocals
Max Bemis Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Parker Case Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Alexander Kent Percussion, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Jacob Linder Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Jeff Turner Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Neal Avron Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
Gary Leach Engineer
Eric Gorfain Orchestration
John Hanes Engineer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Erich Talaba Engineer, Digital Editing
Say Anything Composer
Jordan Kurland Advisor, Management
Max Bemis Arranger, Composer, Programming, Lyricist, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jacob Linder Programming
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