Can't Slow Down documents the origins of a very young punk band blessed with unusual talent. Due only to their instrumental superiority, Saves the Day's subsequent releases slightly eclipse this 1998 full-length debut. Listeners will probably prefer Through Being Cool's more developed emocore melodicism and highly evolved arrangements. That's not to say that Can't Slow Down fails to deliver any of the pop-punk components that emo fans would expect from the New Jersey musicians. Most notably, vocalist and songwriter Chris Conley's inventive lyrical approach is up to the high standard of later material. Worded like journal entries and love letters, Conley's refreshing verses are free of clichés and predictable rhymes, giving an honesty and definition to his work that similar artists generally can't match. Things really click on better cuts like "Always Ten Feet Tall," but for the most part, Can't Slow Down doesn't quite deliver the musicality that fans of Saves the Day might expect.
|Label:||Equal Vision Records|
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This is the first record by New Jersey's own, Saves the Day. While reminiscent of later Lifetime records such as "Hello ********" or "Jersey's Best Dancers", this record stands alone as being one of the best melodic hardcore records of the late nineties. Chris' vocals soar throughout the album, leaving the listener with the feeling that this kid really FEELS what he is singing about. And with lyrical content that goes deeper than that girl that wouldn't sleep with him at that party, this record stands out as not your average pop punk. Besides, these kids were only 16 when they wrote most of this record, you had to know it was only going to get better from there. I enjoyed this album from the first time I heard it, and have heavily anticipated every record that they have put out since.
The Lifetime influence is obvious and this cd is excellent from start to finish. If you are just getting into Saves the Day I'd recommend you pick up Through Being Cool first as you probably won't fully appreciate this album initially.