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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 5 out of 35

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  1. Mar 19, 2012
    10
    An astounding album of catching tunes and amazing lyrics. Say Anything's follow up to ...Is a real boy is a masterpiece thats a crowning achievement in music.
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  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.