Sound The Alarm - Saves the Day
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  • Summary: The New Jersey emo-punk band's first album in three years marks a return to indie label Vagrant after a brief stint on a major label.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. In simplest terms, this is emotional catharsis put to pop music. And it sounds fucking great. [Jun 2006, p.174]
  2. It's as turgidly epic as the tenets of the genre demand. [14 Apr 2006, p.84]
  3. Sound the Alarm is ultimately just another good Saves the Day record.
  4. It's hardly revolutionary and nothing eclipses their finest career moment At Your Funeral, but there's nothing too wrong here. [Jun 2006, p.118]
  5. Sound The Alarm shows that while they're still very much an acquired taste, these guys are much more capable than many would have liked to think.
  6. Saves the Day have given their fans nothing exciting, innovative, or new.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jul 7, 2006
  2. Michael
    Aug 14, 2006
    I appreciate that each Saves the Day album sounds different than the last. I feel that the band has continued on an upward climb since they first started with Can't Slow Down. Sound the Alarm is certainly a change; I would call it maturing. I enjoy the sound a lot, but I feel that the lyrics have suffered in this outing. They went for more standard rhyming structures rather than the stream-of-consciousness format of their earlier recordings. Overall, a satisfying album that I will keep in my car and listen to probably on a regular basis. Expand
  3. Gary
    Oct 5, 2009
    This is a good album, but the lyrics are overly violent and in almost every song chris sings about hurting himself or wanting to kill himself etc. This brings the album down. The sound is much darker and heavier than In Reverie but is still pretty clever musically and is still pretty catchy. Expand
  4. Andy
    Aug 16, 2006
    A solid effort, although it doesn't come close to the effort put forth on In Reverie, where it sounded like they were trying to shake the pop-punk-emo feel for straigh-up pop. Here, they are back to the punk-emo sound and although we've heard it a thousand times already, they do it better than 99% of the other derivative MTV2 bands out there. Expand