Anarchy, My Dear - Say Anything
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14

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  1. Apr 18, 2012
    "...Is a Real Boy" is one of my favorite albums, and every album since has kept my attention for a few listens. When I listened to the first 3 songs of this album, I felt ashamed of myself for considering their first two records any good. The actual music uses all the worst pop-punk conventions I remember from the New Found Glory days and Max Bemis's annoying singing and faux-intelligent, depressing lyrics sound like a different band making fun of "...Is a Real Boy". Sorry if I didn't get through every track, but I couldn't do that to myself - it's unbearable trying to relate to Bemis's teen angst. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2012
    If a band determine themselves as playing pop punk, emo or alternative rock - it will be automatically expected for them to play a solid, energetic portion of music that will be able to ravish the listener. But what Say Anything placed on "Anarchy, My Dear" is simply an insult to the self-respecting rock band. Where the vocals had to be subtle and provide some excitement, at times it is unbearable ("The Stephen Hawking"), melody layer and individual instrument parts are boring, and sometimes pathetic. Although somewhere out there you can capture an interesting nuance, nevertheless it is so short and dominated by the musical portion of the crap - that it's a shame to even mention it. Expand
  3. Feb 11, 2013
    This is a band that has WAY more potential than this. It is a bit tiring to hear songs about Bemis' wife for a whole album. The overall production quality is quite poor as well.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Mar 28, 2012
    Initially, the album seems to lack focus, save a steady burn of fury. But the anarchy's in the lack of cohesion, opening with the hand-clapping force of "Burn a Miracle" and progressing manically toward the melodic woe of "Peace Out".
  2. Mar 26, 2012
    The problem is that the rantier Bemis gets about poseurs, the more he forgets to write hooks for his invectives, which strive for Real Boy's Broadway-punk propulsive grace, but strain under the weight of unsingable lines.
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    The album creates a nice contrast between the pleasant melodies of the songs and the seething, dissatisfied lyrics that rest on top of them.