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Senses Fail

Senses Fail: From the Depths of DreamsFrom the Depths of Dreams (2003)
Drive-Thru Records

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Senses Fail is nothing more than your average New Jersey "emo-core" band, taking elements from every single hit "emo-core" band and putting them into one mega "emo-core" song, making them insanely popular in NJ, "emo-core" capital of the freaking world. I really hope you all picked up on how I p.
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Senses Fail is nothing more than your average New Jersey "emo-core" band, taking elements from every single hit "emo-core" band and putting them into one mega "emo-core" song, making them insanely popular in NJ, "emo-core" capital of the freaking world. I really hope you all picked up on how I put "emo-core" in quotes.

The fact that I am from Jersey, the state that this band hails from, makes me like them even less, for their contrived sound has won them countless numbers of fans in Jersey who admire other bands such as Taking Back Sunday and The Used. It's sickening to see how a band so unoriginal has gotten so large. Maybe it's just me, but I really do dislike this band.

Bias aside, their new album, From The Depths Of Dreams, out on Drive-Thru Records, will be eaten up not only by Jersey kids, but by kids everywhere, simply because it takes everything that is "right" in the genre and mixes it up into one giant unoriginal EP of eight songs. Senses Fail has got everything down pat; the whiney lead vocalist, the countless uses of backup vocals (a la Taking Back Sunday), and the weak lyrics of heartache. Above all though, the lyrics stand out like a sore thumb, solely for being simple ridiculous. A prime example of this can be found in the leadoff track, "Stephen": "November 10th, a cold dark night. You could feel that something wasn't right. That night many hearts did cry, when we learned we had to say goodbye." I can put my money on it that Stephen is turning in his grave right now. The lyrics are written with the "soul" and "passion" of a cardboard box, and it honestly seems like Senses Fail rhymes lyrics just for the sake of rhyming.

As far as the songs go, there is no variety or departure from the whole Taking Back Sunday / Brand New style. The opener, the aforementioned "Stephen", starts out promising, but falls into the trap of repeated lyrics and riffs for four minutes straight. "Free Fall Without A Parachute" is not nearly as bad, but the female vocals towards the end kill the song. "Bloody Romance" would be my pick if I had to take a favorite song off this CD. It's fairly solid all the way through. "Dreaming A Reality" is a straight-up boring five minute long crapfest, and "The Ground Folds" isn't that much better, although the intro to the latter song doesn't sound all that bad (the vocals kill it though). "One Eight Seven" is probably the "heaviest" and "angriest" song on the album, with plenty of unwelcome (and bad) screaming, especially towards the end, where the vocalist absolutely SPILLS all of his emotion out all over everyone as he so woefully screams "I'll stab you one time - I'll eat your heart out - So you feel my pain - Don't you know that I always see you in all of my dreams? - I wanna kill you!" I feel his pain (as well as hers, because, come on, he's eating her heart out!). "Handguns And Second Chances" seems filler, as it was added to the Drive-Thru release of this, for this is a re-release of their EP. An acoustic version of "The Ground Folds" ends the CD, as well as what little tolerance I had for this band.

In short, this is nothing you haven't heard before. It is contrived, bland, and unoriginal, and not worth your time. Save your money.

Standout Tracks:

"Bloody Romance"
"Freefall Without A Parachute"

 

 
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Windfall (June 4, 2007)

I am from New Jersey. I'm here to confirm: NJ is the damn emo capital of the world.

lackscreativity (April 3, 2007)

this is definitely not one of senses fail's best CDs, but it' an EP. what do you expect? bands grow a lot. today senses fail has some of the best stuff out there. they're a talented band, and there are good songs on this CD. my favorites are "bloody romance" "one eight seven" and "the ground folds (acoustic). this album isn't as good as recent ones simply because the band doesn't have a fully developed sound. the drums have improved a lot. i do NOT like this review, simply because it doesn't reflect was senses fail is all about. you can't write a review and be a hater!!

Anonymous (April 7, 2005)

what the fuck is your guys problem!! senses fail is a great band from the depths of dreams, and let it enfold you are one of the only good albums that have came out from any band in a long ass time!!! i cant believe u guys cant see the talent in senses fail!! they arent anything like other screamo bands out there, in my opinion, them and underoath are the best screamo bands out there today. so if you like their first album you got to get there second "let it enfold you". but although their second one is much different than their first, both of them are very good albums. YOU GOTTA GET THEM!!!
I GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL LIKE IT!!!
SENSES FAIL IS FUCKIN AWESOME YOU IGNORANT MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

xmOBSCENE (January 27, 2005)

i enjoy senses fail, i think they are amazing. and i like the used, also. i think its cool that you spoke your opinion, but doing it kind of disrespectfully to a band isnt really...ever hear of constructive critiscism? but anyway im not here to be mean/rude anything. just a fan of this cd, dropping by to tell you I agree with some of your points but trashing the band and its fans isnt really nessecary. but, its all good. it was well written anyway.

Anonymous (October 9, 2004)

screw you........ you suck ass. ...you ass sucker. what's your problem? just because you don't know good music when it fucks you in the face. and what's with "steven must have rolled in his grave"? what a little whore slut faced bitch you are to even think of saying such a thing when you don't even know shit about him. wow it just proves how ignorant people like this man really are.

Anonymous (October 7, 2004)

come on, these guys kick ass. they are awsome. give them a break for atleast trying to be there. they are what inspired me to start up a band and we are hitting it hard and loud. so give them so slack and not as much bashing.

Elijah Fulcher (Ishi)
Lead Vocals of "Sundays Requiem"

Anonymous (September 13, 2004)

hahahahahahha omg... senses fail is amazing. yea the lyrics are deep. but thats good.. compared to TBS?? i think not. listen to both theyre styles of music anyone who knows nothing about music could at least tell that. yea the screamo scene is played out majorly. but senses fail are by far one of the most talented bands in the scene as far as putting on a good show/sounding good live/writing amazing catchy songs.

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

senses fail freakin rocks, and those who cant see that are freakin stupid and they obvioulsy dont know good music. the person who wrote this article is a freakin retard, no one asked his opinion so that retard should shut up.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

Senses fail mother fucking rocks and if you can't see that then you are a tasteless whore.Senses Fail has a totally original sound and their lyrics are completely original.You are a bitch and the only thing on this web page that I can see that sucks is you and your article.You should burn in hell and start waxing out yur shitty ass ears when you listen to music.Bitch.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

omg whoever wrote the article about senses fail being a unoriginal sucky band should burn in hell the stupid ass bitch!

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

senses fail freakin rocks! so to all you people who keep dissing them and shit, fuck you! their freakin awesome ! their lyrics kick ass, its freakin awesome its all poetic and yeah they just rock! all five of them in senses fail are so freakin hot!!!! oh yeah, and whoever wrote this review you fuckin suck shit!!!

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

senses fail freakin rocks! so to all you people who keep dissing them and shit, fuck you! their freakin awesome ! their lyrics kick ass, its freakin awesome its all poetic and yeah they just rock! oh yeah , and they are all freakin hot! oh yeah, and whoever wrote this review you fuckin suck shit!!!

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

Senses fail freakin rocks!!!!! their music rocks and all of them in the band is hot!

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

fuck all you people who think senses fail sucks!

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

this cd is fucking amazing and this is the worst fucking review i have ever read, they are nothing like brand new, so that comparison is just pointless and tbs is shit compared to this cd. in short this review blows and senses fail is awesome.

Anonymous (July 11, 2004)

umm ok senses fail is the awesomest band fucking ever dude! and like uh i dunno their awesome and yea everyone should by their cd! i love all of their songs and they are original! so i dunno wtf ur tlking about senses fail ROCKS and like their the best band ever u suck!

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

Alright yeah this is a little late but you fucking suck. What band now a days doesn't sound a lot alike? It's the lyrics and the people who make it sick. And senses fail do just that. The lyrics are definitly kick ass. So screw all you who diss this band. They have it all.

drummadict (April 16, 2004)

it's people that sit around all day and rip on bands that have NO lives, i have to say, you can't compare senses fail to anyone, they're one of a kind, they're the best around, and i think anyone against that is a dumbass, his lyrics are nuts, the guitar riffs are serious, and the drums are awesome, so fuck anyone thats gonna rip on senses fail

Anonymous (November 20, 2003)

You fucking asshoole, your a stupid son of a bitch and if anything happened to you more than your parents taking a cookie away from you when you were young you would know Buddy's lyrics kick ass, and id love to see you say that at one of their shows, you get your fucking ashole, you know shit about music, you campared them to Brand new and TBS, you dumbshit, you make a comparison for the sake of making a comparison, for real fans of music, i stick my "middle finger" at you for them, you whiney little bitch.

Anonymous (November 17, 2003)

fuck you asshole
im a jersey kid too and I think we have a great scene furthermore I think Senses Fail are one of the most talented bands ive ever heard.

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

Bloody Romance is killer.

just got this. the sticker sucks.

GreenVandal (June 12, 2003)

by that last comment i mean that senses fail shouldnt exist because Thrice is a "scremo" band and they do it much better then these kids ever will. I know grammer i swear!

GreenVandal (June 12, 2003)

Well actually I do agree that Brand News new CD is pretty ok. And i think your right on the whole lyrics issue (except for Taking Back Sunday, they are fucking terrible lyricly...in my opinion at least. I can see some poeple enjoying it) but my 4th grader comment was generally aimed at this band. I was just pointing out that all these scremaing emo bands are not harder becaue they scream. But i generally like all of those bands better then this one. These guys are the absolute distilled essence of stereotypical crap. Thursday and Brand New run circles around these guys. And Thrice, well this band might as well not even exist considering the godly thrice some how got placed in the same musical category as them.

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

yes, i very much agree with this review. this band just has drive-thru records to push them from behind and change their dipers. little did senses fail know that when they signed to drive thru, they did it for life (those stupid fuckers). so now, alas, they will be forced to make money for a label who houses nothing but hype. sorry. nothing against drive-thru or anything, but this band will be nothing but an opening act for years to come for bands like finch and the movielife.

harry_the_dentist (June 11, 2003)

allright it just seemed as if punk was exempt whereas emo and mainstream wasnt. im glad you called the bullshit card on peopl thinking image isnt important. too many people are full of bullshit lately in music and "Art"

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

Punk in genral is fucking gay too dude.... Thats what i was saying.

harry_the_dentist (June 10, 2003)

If i ever had to listen to this shit i wish my senses would fail. These guys totaly blow the big one here. Why the fuck do all these emo bands think theyre so damn cool because they like deep, dark, scary things. Give me a fukin break... There is nothing deep, dark or scary about this band, typical whinny lyrics about some bitch that broke their your heart. And of course they have to have their cute little haircuts, jeans, and trucker hats. All you punk kids keep saying that image is the most important thing in the mainstream and not important at all in your scence, bull-fuckin-shit. Its part of the emo code that you have to dress this way, image is just as important as the terrible music in the emo-scene...... When the fuck is somebody going to break the mold and realize that this crap is not good music.. I give this album double negative infinity stars. Ok lets just spike up our mohawks and put on our shitty leather jackets with all those patches and pins and listen to real punk bands
face it image isn't just for emao and mainstream rock

FortyMinutesWest (June 10, 2003)

Hahah Korn.

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

I actually like this band and think about it. They are soo many bands with the fat wrechords style and they all sound similar its just a different style of music, like rap from the dirty south sounds alike to each artist takes their own spin on an already used genre and makes it their own. Like there isnt anything wrong with doing something new but who wants to hear a polka inflenced hardcore band.. not me! Everyone on hear that disses a band that has talent that is your opinion but think of how mant bands followed Korn , or how many followed the ramones, or NOFX, or Less than Jake, Or Thrice or taking back there are tons of bands that sound like them and its called influences. Its a bad ass cd!

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

dammit! i look like an ass because i misread that comment. the score's for myself.

ina

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

haha, wasn't even intentional but i guess i'm just gushing with so much creativity that it leaks out of me

inagreen

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

"your common fourth grader won't write something along the lines of "the finest line divides a night well-spent from a waste of time" (tbs)"

is that line supposed to be poetic because it rhymes line with time?

wyzo

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

I hate all these bands, dislike brand new and TBS, but honestly the new brand new is pretty good rock, a nice leap from there generic first record. I dont know what kind of game there playing, zigging instead of zagging, but I dig the deja.

wyzo

Anonymous (June 9, 2003)

greenvandal, have u actually read brandnew and tbs's lyrics? i mean most of the time i agree with you but this time you can't just assume they write with the creativity of an elementary school class. on brandnew's new one, i'll admit it sounds like they're trying to hard but they're still some of the best lyrics i've read. oh, and i guarantee your common fourth grader won't write something along the lines of "the finest line divides a night well-spent from a waste of time" (tbs)

inagreendase

RoamTheRiver (June 9, 2003)

You forgot the worst lyric ever!

I had a dream last night and in my dream I robbed a country club.
A 5 year old tried to stop me, but I shot him through the head, and now he's dead.

GreenVandal (June 8, 2003)

Actually I am in a band. And we dont play stereotypical music. And we make no money. And people occasionaly like us enough to clap for us at shows. And im perfectly happy with this. In fact im not going to college to stay in my band, and if playing what i want damns me to a suburban hell, then so be it. As long as I play what I want. So there goes your argument to me. Integrity is something lost on everybody now. Money isnt what matters in music, having fun is. I mean money and the lifestyle would be great, but if the foundation of your whole life is a pile of shit, then I couldnt live with that.

FortyMinutesWest (June 8, 2003)

Winny? That girl from the Wonder Years?

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

you say this now because your not in the music business, but i bet if you were you would do anything to sale cd's and get paid, just hand them credit, they don't care what you say and they surely dont care about your opinions, you guys are just shit to them, their are more people out there that like them, so i guess you guys dont mean shit to them.
why trash emo,
every one relates to there own shit, who cares if its winny, do you listen to it. do you? ok then.

GreenVandal (June 8, 2003)

"just give them credit, they are doing what they have to to get ahead in the music business."

Why would I give someone credit for trying to play contrived, taking back sunday wanabe bullshit rock? Getting ahead in the music world is not something to respect. Writing good music is. Its great that these guys will rake in the cash with this release. Good for them. Oh, and fuck them too for continuing to contribute to a terrible musical trend that buries good music even deeper under the piles of crap. What happened to trying to be original? To innovate? To stop caring about the money and caring about expression? THATS real music. not this. This is some kid writing about the break up that never happened to him so he can shove some money in his pocket and buy his mom a yacht. I bet there next release will be on MCA. Not that I hate MCA, its just that they dont deserve to be. Oh, and The Used, Finch, Taking Back Sunday, and Brand New all sound the same. Just because Finch and the Used scream more then the others doenst make them harder kids. It just makes there 4th grade poetry style lyrics unintelligible, where as their "I wish i was as good as the Get-Up Kids" vocal style they try to pull off ten seconds later sounds bland and repetitive. Try to find your own vocal style, and also try to SING IN KEY. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SINGING IN FUCKING KEY!?!?! Just because your screaming the bad lyrics doesnt make you harder. It just makes you sad for not putting the effort of conveying actual emotion through your writing. I think that about sums up my opinion. And before someone uses the bullshit "everyone has there own opinion so dont put yours on me" bullshit, I have this to say.I have a opinion too. And my opinion is that your opinion fucking sucks.On a side note...I really like the cover art for this album. Its some seriouslys nice stuff. Too bad its wrapped around so much crap.

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

i'm glad someone had the guts to write a review like this. i'm SO sick of these types of bands constantly coming out to rave reviews.

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

You are RIGHT ON about the dumb ass lyrics dude.They are the ultimate "Bro band",it makes me sick.This band may very well be the most overrated band today.word.

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

This review is dead on. Mistah t is tired of this jibba jabberin' emo-core. Real men don't whine about their problems, they call the a-team!

- mr. T

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

If i ever had to listen to this shit i wish my senses would fail. These guys totaly blow the big one here. Why the fuck do all these emo bands think theyre so damn cool because they like deep, dark, scary things. Give me a fukin break... There is nothing deep, dark or scary about this band, typical whinny lyrics about some bitch that broke their your heart. And of course they have to have their cute little haircuts, jeans, and trucker hats. All you punk kids keep saying that image is the most important thing in the mainstream and not important at all in your scence, bull-fuckin-shit. Its part of the emo code that you have to dress this way, image is just as important as the terrible music in the emo-scene...... When the fuck is somebody going to break the mold and realize that this crap is not good music.. I give this album double negative infinity stars.

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

"they are doing what they have to to get ahead in the music business.
they do what they have to and you do what you do."

you have the freedom to have an opinion, that freedom doesn't guarantee jackshit as to the opinions strength under the scrutiny of common sense and decency. So no, fuck them.

Anonymous (June 8, 2003)

best review ever. I for one am not ashamed of having a pure irrational music bias, and I'm glad this reviewer has the decency to act human. And i agree with him, but thats king of the hill in a family guy world.

This EP sucks, as does every re-issued EP of every shitty band who only have one EP that could be re-issued. Advice, write new material that doesn't suck.

wyzo

soulbleed (June 8, 2003)

man, i really am ashamed to share a state with this reviewer. what a moron.

Anonymous (June 7, 2003)

Once again, I didn't care for this album...I won't say they suck, but they're lacking in something (maybe a few more years of life experience could generate better lyrics)...

Anonymous (June 7, 2003)

i thought other wise, i thought that the album was fairly original and had great potential, but hey that was just my opinion. its sad hear idiot people bashing this band, all in all i think the album was great, you were right about one thing the back up vocals kill the the song "free fall without a parachute" just give them credit, they are doing what they have to to get ahead in the music business.
they do what they have to and you do what do.

Anonymous (June 7, 2003)

To the guy below me:

A bit "harder" than TBS/Brand New? Why, because they have that guy screaming? The music is still very poppy.

Anyway, I saw this band last night in Attleboro, MA. I arrived thinking Senses Fail was ok, and left with a headache. Well, the other bands were good.

Anonymous (June 7, 2003)

Now, I like the band. I like the CD. I freely admit that they're not the most innovative, or even the best in their genre. But considering the age group of these guys, this disc is definetly an impressive effort.

I wouldn't group them into the same catagory as TBS, Brand New, or The Used. I don't even group TBS and The Used in the same catagory. If I had to compare Senses Fail to any other band, it would probably be Finch. But they're definetly a tad 'harder' than TBS and Brand New.

lieutenant (June 6, 2003)

The review was a pleasure to read. As for the album, I have yet to hear it and if this piece has certainly deterred me from thinking about doing so. That's the best part of a well-written review. You either want to rush out to pay up to 20 dollars for the album if you have to, or you'll hope that none of your friends will ever tell you that "this band rocks". Thanks.

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

Hahahaha, he's right - New Jersey sucks - Little Guy

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

pretty good review, but greatest ever? i wouldn't go that far, fairly well-written but it only presents the same argument that 1700 other reviews on the site does.

~ inagreendase

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

hmmm, the o;nly song off this i have heard is 'bloody romance' whichis on the new warped comp. its ok, but yea, it just sounds like 'that band'. a year ago it would raise eyebrows, but now everyones band sounds like taking back thriceday.

tenderbransonx (June 6, 2003)

Someone put this cd on my computer. I listened to it. I felt like I had been raped by a really mean donkey. No offense to donkeys. Or really mean people. Or rapist? Oh well fuck rapists. But this isnt music.
Steven
www.murdertheturtle.com
got something better to say?

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

agreed

Anonymous (June 6, 2003)

greatest review ever.

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