Anyone familiar with Say Anything already is familiar with their trademark genre: true-blue emo rock. On the band’s newest album, Anarchy, My Dear, however, the guitars have been turned down in favor of more reverb-heavy acoustic numbers. That isn’t to say that the rock is gone, but it has notably been knocked down a notch. The songs are quite good, but aren’t nearly as catchy as “Alive With the Glory of Love” or “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too” which made them emo’s little darling band almost 10 years ago. Some songs reach into the past and don’t succeed: “Admit It Again” is basically a rehashing of “Admit It” from their album Say Anything with artsier lyrics. With that being said, the album isn’t bad, and you can feel the band taking a new direction. Pretty refreshing.
Reviewed by: Paul Thomas on March 11th, 2012
RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, Motion City Soundtrack, Saves the Day
Recommended Tracks: 1, 8 and 9
FCC Warning: None
Label: Equal Visions
Release Date: March 13th, 2012