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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35

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  1. EricC.
    Nov 29, 2007
    4
    Honestly, what am I missing with these guys? I've listened to both discs twice, and I can't find anything that separates them from other generic emo bands (I know they hate the word "emo", but really, it's what they are). They are a level above other emo bands, maturity-wise. Some of the lyrics really surprised me, in a good way. But the music doesn't elevate them, and Honestly, what am I missing with these guys? I've listened to both discs twice, and I can't find anything that separates them from other generic emo bands (I know they hate the word "emo", but really, it's what they are). They are a level above other emo bands, maturity-wise. Some of the lyrics really surprised me, in a good way. But the music doesn't elevate them, and just comes across as run-of-the-mill and too familiar. I wanted to like Say Anything, but I'll probably end up giving this album to a friend. So seriously, if I really am missing something, tell me (I'm not being a sarcastic jerk). Otherwise, I'll have to shrug this band off, and never hear them again. I won't call them overrated. Acclaim isn't easy to come by. But I am confused as to what everyone else sees in them. Expand

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Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Bemis may be seeking to defend the emo genre, but his album instead illustrates the difference between run-of-the-mill emo--which, indeed, comprises most of the genre's output--and the imaginative, skillful tunes that flourish here. The only major downside is the album's length.
  2. Unexpected as they are, Defense's sonic twists almost always work, justifying the album's 89-minute run time.
  3. When Bemis is on--shuffling between a touching Latinate melody and an ace, bloodletting chorus on 'Hangover Song,' delivering the sugar-rush pop of 'Shiksa (Girlfriend)'--his songs are tuneful and invigorating.