Armor For Sleep - Dream to Make Believe (Cover Artwork)

Armor For Sleep

Armor For Sleep: Dream to Make BelieveDream to Make Believe (2003)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: MeganMegan
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Armor For Sleep's debut album, Dream to Make Believe, was supposed to come out six months ago on Equal Vision Records. Instead, it's coming out right in time for the summer heat. The delay is a shame because this album draws far more parallels to the cold of winter than the heat of summer. The so.
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Armor For Sleep's debut album, Dream to Make Believe, was supposed to come out six months ago on Equal Vision Records. Instead, it's coming out right in time for the summer heat. The delay is a shame because this album draws far more parallels to the cold of winter than the heat of summer. The sound of this band is toned down, with the vocals being the main focus of all the songs the entire time. MP3s of Armor For Sleep's demos have been circulating the internet since the New Jersey quartet recorded the album last fall.

The problem with the MP3s that have been circulating is that they showcase the strongest songs on the album. After listening to these songs, such as "All Warm," "Being Your Walls," "The Wanderers Guild" and "Slip Like Space," anticipation for the release of this built tremendously. When listening to the entire album, these are the only four tracks that stand out at all. The rest of the album is a slow drudge of songs that don't really evoke any emotion. The tempo never really speeds up, keeping the album at a sort of lullaby pace for the entire forty minutes it lasts. The opening track is a forty-five second instrumental entitled "Armor for Sleep."

The sound is somewhat airy, never really hitting hard enough to make the listener sit up and take notice. Every now and then there's a catchy riff, but the drums never really pound very hard and the bass is barely noticeable. A lot of the time all the instruments blend together into a big mess of sound. All of this draws more attention to singer Ben Jorgensen's vocals. While on the demos that circulated had seemingly strong vocals, a lot of the vocals on the finished version of the album are weak. Jorgensen's vocals often sound whiny and nasal. While it makes sense that the vocals have a melancholy aspect to them, due to the lyrical content, if they're going to be the focal point of the music, they shouldn't sound so horrid. It's almost like nails on a chalkboard.

Overall, the demos of this album raised hopes for a high quality album, but they're quite misleading. Although this album is decent, it's nowhere near as good as it could've been. While a lot of the lyrical content is thoughtful and interesting, there are songs like "My Town" and "Kind of Perfect" that absolutely sound like they were written by a twelve-year-old. "Kind of Perfect" showcases lyrics like "can I just be something, somewhere in your room, that you won't noticeā?¦I'll live where you put me, in your VCR, if I become a cassette." Just not something that's very appealing to listen to. The poor writing overshadows other clever metaphors and songs about feelings of alienation and dreams of a better life.

This album would be a "don't buy unless you find it in your local store's bargain bin" CD, except for the fact that Chris Strong did the album photography and layout. Since he's an amazing artist, buy this album to support him. As for Armor For Sleep, this album has potential, but four good songs don't make it worth a buy. Keep an eye out for them on tour, since they are a strong live band, then you can hear the songs and decide for yourself about these guys.


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Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Megan should go review hip-hop!!!! Lol no, thats not true, I just totally disagree.....

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

please dont ever review anything again. many of the comments I read talk about how much you fuckin suck at reviewing and life for that matter. stop, just stop you asshole.

Anonymous (June 4, 2004)

this is the best CD ever made, it's supposed to be distant sounding most of the time. I love it

Anonymous (January 10, 2004)

once i found out who this band i fell i love with their songs they were great, now i cant to listening to this c.d i am hooked. its that great!!!1

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

I didn't expect this album to get a great review. I am truly in love with the CD, the lyrics are amazing and the music complements them perfectly but if you don't know what he's talking about and don't really go deep into the lyrics you're not going to appreciate it. It's not a bad thing though...I'd rather have a smaller following of people who really feel my music then a whole bunch who only like me cause I got the good review and someone told them I was the next big thing. AFS...keep doing what you're doing, you have made an impact on me.

Anonymous (June 25, 2003)

Great first release.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

i really like this cd... except "My Town" that song pisses me off... but the cd artwork sucks and is boring, which is why it doesnt have ten stars... but other than that i really like it... and "Family Guy" is one of the best shows on in history... should be on again but Fox is retarded, and it should be a movie

KillingMoon (June 12, 2003)

The only tracks I don't like off this CD are raindrops and kind of perfect, everything else is great. The lyrics aren't too good, but hopefully on their next release it'll improve.

COBRA-VERDE (June 11, 2003)

Oh my god you're retarded. Can we please vote to beat the shit out of the guy below me?

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

Man I love this cd!! First Senses Fail now this band you guys dont take too kindly to New Jersey bands around here! This cd has such good lyrics and tight guitar riffs, like how can someone not get into this, this is great stuff really. Like the cd really focuses on vocals and the music is kinda in the background as if you were sleepin and the alarm goes off when you are sleeping and blends in with your dreams and thoughts and becomes background music... i think that was intetional, like i usually follow the guitars but they get lost and the vocals stand out its a nice effect well anyone that appreciates a tight album will own this one!

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

great cd...I love it

FortyMinutesWest (June 6, 2003)

You talk shit on metal and family guy in the same comment? Blasphemy.

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

Family Guy is a shit Simpsons rip off, with even worse animation.

This band is just boring music for teens who want to hang out with each other, imagine that their lives are some how more signifigant than others', and nod along pretending that this music is great.

Emo is a lot better than macho man metal shit, but so much worse than punk its embarrassing, really.

soulbleed (June 6, 2003)

you guys really crack me up.

Anonymous (June 5, 2003)

goddammit!! my hypocritical post...anonymous*

Anonymous (June 5, 2003)

haha mr. anonymus with the caps is the same guy w/ the current last comment on the senses fail review. if he posts more often he'll be known as some jaded indie kid or guy who only needs to speak when he sees emo he doesn't like. he also can't spell for shit, but that's besides the point


greyicewater (June 5, 2003)

i somehow got signed out. i gave the 10 for bacon. yum.

Anonymous (June 5, 2003)

this score is for bacon.

FortyMinutesWest (June 5, 2003)

This score is for Pig Destroyer.

Anonymous (June 5, 2003)

death to pigs.

FortyMinutesWest (June 5, 2003)

Yeah, because no one who liked ska 5 years ago is denying it now. (directed at the angry anonymous guy)

fallingtopieces (June 5, 2003)

Let's not bring WHAM into this. I resent the fact that you would use a timeless, classic song as "Wake me up before you go-go" as a measurement of what a bad song is.

punky (June 5, 2003)

I hate this emo cd covers.They all look the same.

greyicewater (June 5, 2003)

this last anonymous guy needs to calm down. maybe you need to listen to some ska and not be so angry.

Anonymous (June 5, 2003)

Look kiddos, these guys are just another fukin emo pussy outfit that claims they have great inspirations from bands like the cure or fugazi, which of course is pretentious and totaly bullshit. If they did they wouldnt be playing this whinny, run-of-the-mill garbage. Plus, why does the album cover look like a pottery barn catalog. All you fukin kids better smartin up and start listening to music that you wont pretend you never liked five years down the road, (i. E. Ska). I give this album negative infinity stars.

lieutenant (June 4, 2003)

I'd pass, but the wingman would just miss.

FortyMinutesWest (June 4, 2003)

"if i were sand, and you were oceans, the moon would be why you're pulled to me." That sounds pretty weak if you ask me. This band doesn't suck, but they aren't the least be interesting to me. And as I said before, a band doesn't have be fast or heavy to be good, but these guys are just bland.

Anonymous (June 4, 2003)

How about a link to that fansite declaring the possibility of a Family Guy Movie? Because man, that would freaking rock. I've all ready got my dvd, let's make this happen!

Anonymous (June 4, 2003)

well I am going to have to disagree with most of you, and say that this album is great. I can listen from the first track to the last and be intrigued for the whole 40 minutes. it is true that their songs may not have the powerful "get out of your seat and break something" sound, but all good music doesn't have to have that quality. the relaxing, laid back, spacey sound is what i enjoy about this band. their lyrics are neither bland nor boring...they are poetic and heartfelt, and speak volumes. i challenge you to write a better line than "if i were sand, and you were oceans, the moon would be why you're pulled to me."

Anonymous (June 4, 2003)

"FAMILY GUY is 1000 times more important that any music album. Let's get this movie out!!!"

I like family guy more than the next person but killing tree's "the romancce of helen trent" and trapdoor fucking exit's S/T are just as important as the show.


FortyMinutesWest (June 4, 2003)

Your opinion is just that, your opinion. It's not the truth. My opinion is that this band is bland.

Anonymous (June 4, 2003)

I heard AFS's first demo and enojyed it a lot... about 2 years ago. Then I saw them last week with A Static Lullaby and none of the other bands on the tour seemed to like them, but they gave the best performance out of Dexter Danger, The Bled, Time in Malta, and ASL. They DO rock and I DO like emo. Any yes, all emo sounds the same, and yes, all punk sounds the same, and yes, all pop sounds the same. Get over it you dumb fuckers and realize that you fit into a group. Accept that truth!

Ben's vocals are really good. They have a certain style to them... or should all vocals sound the same? You stupid fucks.

FAMILY GUY is 1000 times more important that any music album. Let's get this movie out!!!

Anonymous (June 4, 2003)

if anyone out there likes silverstein, they should get shot. sorry for being graphic and violent but look at it this way. Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is 1000 times better than anything that band can cook up.


Anonymous (June 4, 2003)

"where as punk is: fuck her, i don't gve a shit about her, i'll just go find someone better."

I thought that was the lifetime/oxygen network?


Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

I do like the band, they're pretty young and get tighter all the time (which is what bands on their first record are SUPPOSED to do). It should be duly noted that Ben's vocals live until recently were the result of many a sore throat and infection and trying to play shows sick and making it worse and worse til he actually LOST his voice at a show I saw in Jersey... Not that it's an excuse, but I think it's incredible how people come on this thing and just rip into bands live shows without really thinking what it's like to actually WRITE a song and sing it, and then travel and play shows when your throat is all screwed up and you're trying to just get through it.
Anyways, for a first album, it's pretty good - "dream", "our town", "wanderers guild" "all warm" "slip like space" "frost" all good..."raindrops" / "kind of perfect" not so good. 6 out of eleven songs get the thumbs up...
Anticipation is a great thing sometimes, but holding a band responsible for not being GODLIKE just becuase you had to wait a while for the record is ridiculous. And yes, FAMILY GUY THE MOVIE - let's make this happen.

samnorth (June 3, 2003)

i don't generally like this kind of music at all, but i do think armor for sleep are a good band. some songs are better than others, but hey, they're a new band, they will get better.
as for the review, i think some of it goes too far and just becomes mean. let's keep in mind, you can give a negative review without flat out insulting the kids behind the music.

FortyMinutesWest (June 3, 2003)

Maybe Silverstein got a bad review because they suck, just a thought.

Megan (June 3, 2003)

oh dear god. Kiddo, I do like this type of music, read the damn review, I was really excited about this album coming out and it let me down. As for Silverstein, they suck. Get over it.

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

this just sounds like every band in the 'emo' genre these days, i would consider them quite listenable if his voice wasn't awful. to hear any other band like this look up emo on mp3.com

thriceequalsgod (June 3, 2003)

biased would be you not liking this type of music, and reviewing these albums anyway just to blast them... (same goes for silverstein bitch)

thriceequalsgod (June 3, 2003)

"On a more serious note: FAMILY GUY SHOULD MAKE A MOVIE!!!!"

listen to this shit... 2 months ago i was on a fan site looking at all the episodes, and it said that if the DVD sales do good enough, therye gonna seriously consider making a movie of this amazing show that should still be on air... actulaly it should probably have its own channel dedicated to it... its just holy. so everyone buy the DVDs and we'll see how far that gets us...

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

nothing againt armor for sleep personally, but emo in general is just winey pussy punk. for example emo is: oh my god why does this happen to me, why did she have to leave, where as punk is: fuck her, i don't gve a shit about her, i'll just go find someone better. emo bands need to toughen up and stop whining about their crappy lives. be pissed off get angry, but stop bitching about please.

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

good review. poor album and live show.

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

i saw them with Hey Mercedes in Providence and I was extremely disappointed. The guitars and stuff sound wicked tight but the vocalist, Ben, needs to learn how to use his voice better. and by voice, i dont mean nose.

FortyMinutesWest (June 3, 2003)

Bands don't have to be moshable to be enjoyable, but they do have to atleast hold my attention, this band doesn't do that.

benz (June 3, 2003)

i couldn't wait for this album to come out and bought it today as soon as it hit the shelves. its one of those bands that you either love or you hate. i think the songwriting is great and ben's voice is not nasal or whiney...(can we get a definition of these terms?). his voice perfectly complements their sound. not every band requires you to mosh to them. they aren't boring, these songs are great.

Megan (June 3, 2003)

biased would've been saying that I liked the album when I didn't because I've hung out with these guys before and they're great people, but that has no bearing on their musical abilities. Thanks and kiss my ass.

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

this is a really good album. all the tracks pretty much stand out if you give them a chance - megan, your reviews are always extremely biased and uninformative. shut up.

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

Wow!! Sounds like a truly fantastic band. I can't wait to run right to the CD store and pay twenty dollars before I hear what they sound like or anything. I mean, if one band can get this much praise they must be good. On a more serious note: FAMILY GUY SHOULD MAKE A MOVIE!!!!

-Bing Crosby

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

"my score is for megan!!!!" Looks like we are giving shout-outs now...

bluetunehead (June 3, 2003)

i saw these guys at the metro last fall and i remember being quite bored. they seem like they know how to throw together a decent tune, but they need to loosen up. their sound gets so tired after a few songs.

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

I like the 2nd song alot. This grouping of music bores me, but i got into this for some reason. armor for sleep, you lucky bastards.


Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

I saw these guys live w/ Hey Mercedes and Panic in Detroit, and the crowd agreed, they were disappointing. Interesting instrumentals, weak vocals, tired sound.

Katie4213 (June 3, 2003)

my score is for megan!!!!

FortyMinutesWest (June 3, 2003)

Well, the Sleep part of their name makes perfect sense. This band is truly boring.

maverick (June 3, 2003)

This album bored me to tears.


Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

I really can't get into this band. I saw them perform with Hey Mecedes and AFS just put me to sleep.


greyicewater (June 3, 2003)

i really enjoy the four tracks you mentioned being stand out but also i really enjoyed "phantoms now" and "dream to make believe". other than that the rest of the album is just ok.

Anonymous (June 3, 2003)

good band
great review

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