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The Academy Is...

The Academy Is...: The AcademyThe Academy (2004)
LLR Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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In light of the recent name change this band underwent, their new name will provide the template for the remainder of this review. The Academy Is…not a total Taking Back Sunday rip-off, but the sound is definitely there, especially the track "In Our Defense." The Academy Is…thankfully not that.
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In light of the recent name change this band underwent, their new name will provide the template for the remainder of this review.

The Academy Is…not a total Taking Back Sunday rip-off, but the sound is definitely there, especially the track "In Our Defense."
The Academy Is…thankfully not that poppy, for what that's worth.
The Academy Is…much less dynamic than they're obviously going for, which seriously affects the overall feel.
The Academy Is…treading that awkward "laid-back-but-not-quite" middle ground between energetic and sincerely mellow į la Northstar, but aren't comfortable with it.
The Academy Is…fronted by a singer who, despite some occasional clever vocal patterns (nonetheless overshadowed by the fact that Adam Lazzara has already done them), really isn't that strong of a vocalist at all.
The Academy Is…pretty good at hiding their lack of talent with lots of pretty little atmospheric octaves.
The Academy Is…occasionally capable of writing decent lyrics when said lyrics have an actual direction.
The Academy Is…further proof that if you play pop-punk in Chicago (as opposed to Chicago pop-punk, if you get my drift), Fueled By Ramen is probably already interested in you, regardless of talent, originality, creativeness, etc. al.
The Academy Is…nonetheless still capable of putting together a decent melody once in a while (I feel quite guilty when one of them is enough to make me sing along), which is why that score to the side is a little higher than planned, yet they still leave plenty of room for improvement.

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Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

WHAT KINDA CRACK ARE YOU ON? I was at a The Academy Is... concert in November and they were better than the headlinging band [The All American Rejects] William's voice is strong and while I LOVE TBS. TAI is NOTHING like them. The Ep was different than the albumn but thatwas bound to happen. So screw you.
-Steph

arturoroxmysox (August 30, 2005)

EP>full length by far.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

i dont know what you all are on... but the academy is ROCKS MY SOCKS! you know their great, so admit it.

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

Bill and Adam T. Siska rock it like it's hot.

The Academy will be much bigger than you all anticipate.
wait and see.

Anonymous (June 4, 2004)

So is he labeling "Chicago Pop-Punk" as bad?

Go pick up the August premier cd... after they released tuckered out i thought theywould of been one of the best things to happen to the "scene" but they fucked it all up

Anonymous (June 4, 2004)

Why does this review contradict basically everything he says? Album Owns

Anonymous (June 4, 2004)

This album is awesome, The academy doesn't sound like TBS, reviewer just wants TBS#2 (even tho TBS isnt really orginal)

Anonymous (June 4, 2004)

this reviewer is.... sucking adam's dick

Anonymous (June 3, 2004)

Assumptions.

Band name
cover cd

...must be shit. I haven't listen to anything by them, but I'm going to bet they suck. I'll listen to a song in a bit,and we'll see if the gypsy in me is correct.

Sara(no h)

Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

Concept reviews are hard. Don't tackle them unless you really think you can write.

You cannot.

inagreendase (June 2, 2004)

The poster directly below is correct.

Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

actually he was trying to say that they play pop punk music and they are from chicago. but they dont actually play chicago style pop punk (such as larry arms and alkaline trio).

Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

what the reviewer is trying to say is :

pop punk in chicago = suburban bands doing pop-punk in chicago, in a sort of chicago style.

chicago pop punk = bands that are actually from chicago

i saw this band twice on shows that i actually wanted to see. they could not have been more of a taking back sunday rip off right down to mic swinging and the way the members of the band move around stage. it's like they watched that band on video and practiced their moves. it's sad really when their biggest influence is a miserable band that's already played out and will be gone in less than a year.

inagreendase (June 2, 2004)

There's already been 2 one-line reviews bashing the EP so I figured I should put some time into describing what makes it suck. And no, I am far from labeling Chicago pop-punk as bad.

Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

The Academy Is…further proof that if you play pop-punk in Chicago (as opposed to Chicago pop-punk, if you get my drift),

Thats funny shit. Alk3 and The Arms' can go Matt Alison my Barbeque anyday

Barkley

Anonymous (June 1, 2004)

So is he labeling "Chicago Pop-Punk" as bad?

notfeelingcreative (June 1, 2004)

I saw this band with LTJ and Grabass Charlestons, their set was utterly painful.

Anonymous (June 1, 2004)

i am sure this review was probably good, but just looking at it gave me a headache, don't do it again

Anonymous (June 1, 2004)

some webzine did a review of this record that was shorter, more to the point, but said basically the same thing.

I think it went. . . "this record fucking sucks"

Anonymous (June 1, 2004)

Interesting review. I haven't heard them although I heard the singer's solo stuff a while back and it was pretty awful. Couldn't believe FBR picked them up.

I understand that when a sound is trendy, you're going to get a lot of bands doing it. But for the sake of sanity, and profits, wouldn't it be smarter to limit your signings only to those bands who are actually doing a very good job of the style, rather than picking up anyone who doesn't TOTALLY suck at it?

Too many labels have their bar set much too low, probably due to the fact that most teenagers seem to have their heads up their asses. Sad.

Anonymous (June 1, 2004)

shit. plain and simple. check out the reviews at pastepunk.com and punkrocks.net if you dont believe me.

Anonymous (June 1, 2004)

This score is for a thoroughly confusing review.

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