Say Anything - Say Anything
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  • Summary: The third album for the Los Angeles rock band was produced by Neal Avron.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Pretty much, Say Anything offers more for fans and opens up the Say Anything sound for new ‘users’ to come and enjoy. It’s the perfect balance of a step forward and a redaction to a more “safe” sound.
  2. In the end, all of this makes Say Anything the most mature – as well as the catchiest--record in Say Anything’s already impressive oeuvre.
  3. This is an impulsive album, an odd piece of work that manages to be puzzling without alienating the listener.
  4. The chaos is nothing new for Say Anything, but the band's newest release is tightly executed and gives fans a deeper look into Bemis' clever mind.
  5. 70
    The music doesn't always keep up with Bemis' self-absorbed lyrical jujitsu, but there's definite charm in the struggle.
  6. That's how much of of this album feels--confusing....Our advice? Stick to the disc's first half; it's where you'll find the best songs. [Nov 2009, p.114]
  7. There's sax and doo-wop here, but Bemis is at his best yelling stuff like "I can't define myself through irony …and self-deprecation!" over taut punk pop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. AaronS
    Nov 18, 2009
    You'll be singing the catchy hooks from this album for weeks on end.. It's pop and rocks hooks that make you scream the songs lyrics in the car on your way to work. It's similar to the hooks off of early Weezer records. You will dig this album. Collapse
  2. rudih
    Nov 12, 2009
    This is quite a brilliant offering from Say Anything. I like the variation in the tracks very much and the great lyrics also. One of the top cd's this year, in my opinion. Expand
  3. JeffS
    Nov 9, 2009
    Excellent followup to In Defense. I am a real boy still trumps it, but it is an excellent listen again and again.
  4. Mike
    Jan 20, 2010
    Insanely catchy music with witty and clever lyrics proving just why Say Anything is the best pop punk band today.
  5. Mar 15, 2012
    I like a lot of songs on this album, but there are a few sporadically placed tracks that I don't necessarily enjoy. I wish the damn Metacritic site had formatting, so I could actually list the songs that I like and what I like about em, but I'll just go do that on Amazon. Either way, an okay album. I like the previous two more, however. Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2013
    A few great tracks, a few duds, a few in between. A very "meh" album in its purest form. For what it's worth, even the duds on this album are catchy as hell, though I'm not sure that's what the band was going for. Expand
  7. LyleS.
    Nov 11, 2009
    This record exhibits none of the genius seen on their previous two outputs. Max's looking glass is getting more predictable, less musical, and empty hearted. I wish he'd go back to playing the guitar and stop worrying about his voice sounding good. His voice sucks, but that never stopped them from making great records before. Expand