In Defense Of The Genre

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Nov 13, 2007
    1
    Some people don't know the difference between good music and bad music THIS is bad music.
  2. Say"no"
    Dec 12, 2007
    3
    Overrated and utterly silly (see cover art). Bemis comes off as a pretentious teenager who just can't seem to shed his 16-year old angst. Let's move forward and no longer defend this genre. Or just grow up.
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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.