Sunday, February 21, 2016

I Don't Think It Is - First Impressions

If you didn't know, which is very plausible because they were very silent about it (I didn't even know), Say Anything came out with an album this month. Overall, I'd say I Don't Think It Is a big improvement from Hebrews, which ended up growing on me, but barely.

"Give A Damn" - This is kind of a mash up between the Anarchy My Dear's "Burn a Miricle" and ...Is A Real Boy's "Belt". Good introduction to the album song, which Max Bemis usually can deliver pretty well.

"17 Coked Up and Speeding" - One of my favorite songs on this record. Definitely everything Say Anything are good at is in this three minute and thirty-seven seconds of awesomeness. I love the "Hey kid! You're not a kid anymore, you're not a kid anymore!" part too. And the guitar/keyboard part at the end - is this actually ...Is A Real Boy or what?

"Rum" - I love when Max Bemis does the talk singing - he did that a lot on Self Titled and Anarchy My Dear. Like "Mara and Me" on Self Titled, the band does a good job with this song changing tempo's and melodies but still making it a cohesive song.

"So Numb" - Very short, fast song and like Bemis screams, "No opinions here, no opinions here."

"Goshua" -  "I ask: Are we born into anger or does it bloom like a cancer?" We might not ever know, Max.

"Jiminy" - Good song, typical Say Anything, nothing really notable to say except I love the fact that he shouts out "every pop punk vocalist"!

"Princess" - Love the use of piano and possibly other string instruments in the background during the "you're dead to me" part...

"The Bret Easton Ellis School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" - Weirdest most Say Anything-ish song title on the album, lyrics are also weirdest most Say Anything-ish lyrics on the album. Love " I knew you when you went to shows and had more pins than a cushion." and "I knew you when you had a poster of Katie Holmes in your room / Because you thought she was the kind of girl who might realistically like you if you play your cards right."

"#Blessed" - Oh, here's Sherri! I was wondering when and if she was going to be on this. I have to give them props for at least saving it until the ninth track. Oh yeah, did you know they were married? Yeah, Max Bemis and Sherri Dupree from Eisley are married. It's so uncommon that they take pictures together or work together musically, so it might be a shocker, I know. Oh, and they have two kids. You didn't know? No? Yeah, they get that a lot. Sherri especially likes to be private about that. She doesn't post on social media all the damn time about how she's #blessed with her amazing life or anything. And you never hear her on a Say Anything song...not at all! I'm not upset at all about it, either. Nope...

Regardless of my rant, it is a good song.

"Wire Mom" - I feel like the lyrics are creepily about the time he had to stay with his mother around 2007 when he had a mental break down in a mall food court, had to go to a mental hospital for a while and then stayed with her for a good portion of that year. I could be wrong though, but this is what I gather.

"Attaboy" - Oh snap, now we're in In Defense of the Genre territory! Kinda sounds like an angrier "Baby Girl, I'm a Blur" Also, oh my god, this is over seven minutes long.

"Varicose Visage" - Another talk sing song that works. I love the "Serve it for breakfast / Totally reckless / Utterly feckless/ Pitch-corrected" part.

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