The Constant - Story Of The Year
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  • Summary: Elvis Baskette produces the fourth album for the St. Louis rock band that started out as Big Blue Monkey (an existing blues group by the same name resulted in a name change).
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. While Story of the Year won't win any originality awards any time soon, they definitely still know how to bring a party to your speakers.
  2. A solid, if formulaic, LP which clearly adheres to the K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) formula.
  3. With its driving guitars and massive choruses, The Constant is yet another highly catchy album from Story of the Year that will easily live up to their fans' expectations while making converts out of those unfamiliar with them.
  4. On The Constant, SOTY have shown they've mastered their current sound. Here's hoping for a little more experimentation next time. [Mar 2010, p.95]
  5. Story Of The Year manage to stand out from the melodic post-hardcore morass due to the sheer stength of their anthems, That said, there's little new on this fourth album. [Apr 2010, p.106]
  6. The Constant does what it says on the, er, CD; constantly good, but with more focus it could have been brilliant.
  7. The Constant is best when going fast and loud, keeping your heart racing (and your mind off the subpar lyrics), but it loses momentum with cookie cutter ballad "holding On To You and a track, "Remember A Time," that oddly sounds more like Weezer than Warped Tour. [Mar/Apr 2010, p.92]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 4, 2011
    There isn't much diversity between songs but they're still good and they're different from The Black Swan. If you like Story of the Year then you will enjoy this album but it isn't groundbreaking. Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2013
    After two post-debut albums, I've come to accept that Story Of The Year probably won't put out something as catchy as "Page Avenue", and I'm okay with that. "The Constant" finds a nice place between its first and "In The Wake Of Determination". It's a record filled with hard energy, political commentary, and illumination. Marsala's vocals do not disappoint, and neither does the rest of the band. Solid and satisfying. Expand