Say Anything

Say Anything

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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; theSee more details below

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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:
11/03/2009
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886975641017
catalogNumber:
756410
Rank:
18500

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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
Gary Leach   Engineer
Eric Gorfain   Orchestration
John Hanes   Engineer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Erich Talaba   Engineer
Say Anything   Composer
Jordan Kurland   Advisor,Management
Max Bemis   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jacob Linder   Programming

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