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Saves The Day

Saves The Day: Saves The DaySaves The Day (2013)
Rory Records / Equal Vision

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Contributed by: BryneBryne
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For the first time in Saves The Day's career, Chris Conley seems happy. While the band earned their reputation and fervent fanbase through anthemic pop-punk hooks, lyrically speaking STD have been perennially dark. It's fitting that their new album (and eighth overall) is self-titled; Conley, now in.
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For the first time in Saves The Day's career, Chris Conley seems happy. While the band earned their reputation and fervent fanbase through anthemic pop-punk hooks, lyrically speaking STD have been perennially dark. It's fitting that their new album (and eighth overall) is self-titled; Conley, now in his early 30s, has found love and started a family, and his lyrical outlook on this album – not to mention that cover art – strongly represents his sunnier disposition. Longtime fans may initially bristle at the shift, but Saves The Day is actually the band's best work in quite some time, maybe since Stay What You Are.

Self-produced by the band (and partially crowdfunded), Saves The Day has an organic sonic feel compared to 2011's Daybreak. It serves the songs well, which contain some of the best guitar-pop STD have recorded in quite some time: The bent guitar tones and methodical drums of opener "Remember" and "Verona" have a Superchunk feel; ballads like "Beyond all of Time" and "Supernova" have a live, open-room feel not normally reserved for ballads; crunchy, mid-paced tunes like "Xenophobic Blind Left Hook" (which lyrically, is a bit of an outlying throwback) and "Tide of our Times" hit hard where it counts.

Much has been made of Conley's voice, and how it's seemed to miraculously become higher as he's gotten older. Those grumbles, even if it's been like, six albums at this point, will probably continue with Saves The Day. Really though, given the band's philosophical turn toward the positive and how poppy and tightly-wound these songs are, it fits. See the super-catchy "In the in Between" and "Lucky Number," as well as "Stand in the Stars" which could pass as a latter-era Jimmy Eat World cover.

Saves The Day feels like a much-needed emotional reboot for the band after a concept trilogy of mostly-just-okay albums. Saves The Day sound lean, concise and reenergized. Pleasant surprise.

 

 
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lmchc (October 7, 2013)

at least it's better than the misfits cover they did

paulrulzdood (October 7, 2013)

I agree with the review completely. What a pleasant surprise. I've been a STD fan since 2000, so I've been along for most of the ride.

The "trilogy" of albums was interesting, but other than the outstanding, aggressive, dark, etc. "Sound the Alarm", I wasn't feeling the 2nd and 3rd chapters to it. In particular, "Daybreak" is my least fav. STD album. So I had low optimism going into this one.

I was really caught off guard by the return to straight-forward songwriting, big hooks, faster pace, poppier/happier vocals and lyrics, etc. It is probably my favorite STD album since Sound the Alarm, and feels almost like a cheery b-side to Alarm's dark a-side. Both albums are fast-paced, concise, relatively straight-forward in structure, contain few experiments...but one is super-dark lyrically and is very aggressive, while this one has a much more happy and optimistic vibe.

It also does contain shadows of the songwriting on SWYA, which for any long-term fan is something we've been hoping for for some time...it's not a re-tread (no STD album is a re-tread), nor does it feel forced or contrived, but it does feel partially inspired by their SWYA-era songwriting. Possibly Chris felt a weight lifted having put the "trilogy" to bed and was free to do whatever he wanted for the first time since IN REverie. His maturity shows, it is a strong album and is fittingly self-titled. It feels like a culmination and possibly beginning of a fresh new chapter for the band, where they can incorporate their earlier sound and combine it with something new. Nice pop-punk meets indy-power-pop sound. It's not a throwback, but it feels much more familiar than anything they've done in a long, long time.

ALso, the new stuff is great live and blends in much better with their back cataloge than does the material from their last couple releases.

I think it's a msut for any STD fan. The only way I see a fan being disappointed in this is if they A. hoped Chris would do something moodier/darker/angrier or B. hoped they would do something even more experimental than the last couple albums. But for those of us that were a bit put-off by the last two experimental albums and for those of us that are OK with Chris being in a good place in his life and writing about happy shit for a change instead of gouging his eyes out and mutilating himself, then you're in for a fun ride.

minimal filler as well, the whole thing is sequenced nicely and flows well, unlike the last two albums.

Paul

jvoland (October 6, 2013)

This record was a big let down for me. I liked the last 3 enough and didn't mind the change in Chris' vocals, but on this album, it has absolutely no balls whatsoever. At least there was some sort of energy behind them on the previous records, but here it just sounds very mild, not into it. It's not terrible, but there are some cringe worthy songs for sure ("Beyond All of Time"... what the living fuck, guys?) - they could have done much better.

Also, their best record by FAR is Sound The Alarm.

*drops mic*

someone-yeah (October 4, 2013)

The track embeded in this review is the worst song on the album. I have no idea why you thought to put it on here instead of one of the other prereleased songs

fattony (October 4, 2013)

Just listened to the track posted in the review. Yeah, I'm done with this band.

milo210 (October 4, 2013)

Through Being Cool is still awesome.

pufferfish (October 4, 2013)

Does anyone actually like Chris' "new" voice? On some releases it's not as annoying...but on this record it's really grating.

megalife (October 4, 2013)

I disagree. This album feels like Daybreak B-sides. I'd give it 2.5 or 3 maybe.

fattony (October 3, 2013)

Don't know if I'll ever bring myself to listen to this. They haven't put out a great album in 12 years, just a handful of great songs and a whole lotta filler and garbage.

danperrone (October 3, 2013)

i want to hate this, but i can't. it's not great, but it's definitely better than the last few abominations they put out.

radricky (October 3, 2013)

x2

Apeman_on_the_moon (October 3, 2013)

**Generic comment about Chris's voice goes here.**

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