Santi - The Academy Is...
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  • Summary: This is the second LP for the Chicago emo band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. [Their] just-edgy-enough indie punk has an endearing salty sweetness. [6 Apr 2007, p.77]
  2. An enjoyable next step for the Academy Is..., this album shows that the guys are still growing, but maybe just starting to figure themselves out.
  3. Sadly, TAI...'s surprise maturation isn't yet 100 per cent complete.
  4. Distinguishing themselves from the shadow of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and the like without sacrificing too many of the essential elements of their debut album, The Academy Is… have emerged as a band with ambition and the songwriting skill to match.
  5. 60
    While the lyrics are strictly study-hall (“I’m no gentleman/I can be a prick” = poetry!), TAI… separate from the emo wolf pack by cribbing furiously from ’70s rock.
  6. Most of the album is forgettable, or worse.
  7. 40
    There are awkward attempts at the strutting pomp rock of Queen, the pop reggae of the Police, and the wardrobe of the Strokes. [Apr 2007, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. JohnS.
    May 31, 2007
    This albumn is truly brilliant
  2. GeorgeL.
    Jun 10, 2007
    TAI come back with another slice of emo/indie genious
  3. JN.
    Jul 3, 2007
    Excellent album. Wat a voice!!
  4. SarahA
    Apr 30, 2007
    This Cd is Great!!! very mello.
  5. Monique
    May 19, 2007
    A breath of fresh air! Not sure if "the scene" is ready for this new sound but this CD is a breakthrough from the monotony.
  6. GraceL
    Apr 28, 2007
    This record to me is much better than there last. The songs are individually better and each member of the band has seemed to mature over the course of the past two years. On a whole, it has an edgier sound than their first LP and there are some very catchy melodies interspersed throughout the whole album. Even though I enjoy listening to it, there's always room for improvement. Expand
  7. NikkiG
    Apr 30, 2007
    As boring as it is stupid... you can instantly know that a band will be bad if they see Fall out Boy and Panic! as their superiors... boring

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