Saves The Day - Stay What You Are (Cover Artwork)

Saves The Day

Saves The Day: Stay What You AreStay What You Are (2001)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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"Hey guys, did you hear the new Saves The Day CD?" "Yeah, it blows...what a bunch of stupid cry babies." That has been a common reaction to the new album throughout the punk scene... Recorded in early 2001, the new STD album, Stay What You Are, takes the band to a completely new level. If.
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"Hey guys, did you hear the new Saves The Day CD?"

"Yeah, it blows...what a bunch of stupid cry babies."

That has been a common reaction to the new album throughout the punk scene...

Recorded in early 2001, the new STD album, Stay What You Are, takes the band to a completely new level. If you're looking for a Can't Slow Down or Through Being Cool rehash, just quit reading this review right now.

The 11 song disc begins with "At Your Funeral", an amazingly catchy, but amazingly dark song. The whole album is far darker than any previous effort by the band.

Followed by "At Your Funeral" are, "See You", "Cars & Calories", "Certain Tragedy", and "Jukebox Breakdown." The album is so varied, it's hard to categorize it. But, labels are useless, right? As those first 5 songs pass by, you notice the change in the band. You notice the darkness, the distorted guitars. You notice a brand new band.

"Freakish" follows after "Jukebox Breakdown", and it's just an amazing song. Words are hard to describe it. "I'll make my way across the frozen sea, beyond the blank horizon, wehre I can forget you and me, and geta decent night's sleep." If that's not sincere I don't know what is.

"As Your Ghost Takes Flight" is next up. It's a song for the whole family. No, not really. It's a creatively violent song, which scared the poo out of me the first time I heard it, but it fits in nicely with the theme of the album. Sometimes you just have to let go, as things change...

After that, "Nightingale" follows. By far the best song on the disc. The song is written like a dark story that you don't want to end, as is the entire album. There's just something special about "Nightingale" that will have you hitting replay over and over again.

"All I'm Losing Is Me" continues the dark theme, and then the slow love song pops up, "This Is Not An Exit." It's a really well written song for the brokenhearted. "Firefly" ends the album, and it does it in good fashion too. Good song.

Yes, this is the most diverse work that STD has ever done. No, you will not enjoy this album if all you want is fast paced punk. Yes, you have to have a deep mind to understand the genius in this album.

Chris Conley has received critical praise across the board for his amazing lyrics, and vocals. That credit is much deserved, I might add. The guy is a genius.

Dave Soloway and Ted Alexander have vastly improved on guitar, and it shows on this one. Eben D'Amico's roaring bass is amazing. Bryan Newman's drumming fits beautifully.

My rate's a 9 out of 10, but I really think it's a 9 & a half. Do yourself a favor. Pick this one up on a rainy day.


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Eddie (July 14, 2002)

What the fuck? Saves the Day doing a show with Saliva and Sevendust? I love this CD but WHAT THE FUCK???? WHY????

Wow, really? That makes no sense, whatsover. I hate when bands do that. That's like when The Start and Jimmy Eat World went on tour with Incubus (WHHYYYYYY?!), or when Cold went on tour with Weezer (give me one good reason why these two bands should go on tour together).

Anonymous (December 5, 2001)

oh lord what is our world comeing too

Anonymous (September 10, 2001)

What the fuck? Saves the Day doing a show with Saliva and Sevendust? I love this CD but WHAT THE FUCK???? WHY????

-Sr. Potpourri

Anonymous (August 22, 2001)

the best album i have heard in a long time!

Anonymous (July 20, 2001)

dammit i hate these fucking reviews they always make me want to buy cd's. and so now i have no money. but i now have an excellent cd collection.

Anonymous (July 14, 2001)

Hey you guys were right. I listened to it a few times and i like it much better than the first time now

Anonymous (July 14, 2001)

this is actually good considering their old punk crap. the lyrics are moving and the vocal work is fantastic. a must-have for any fan of good poprock /me

Anonymous (July 14, 2001)

I love it. I hated TBC but I love this one. And I like those cardboard cases a lot more than the typical plastic ones.

Anonymous (July 13, 2001)

I know these guys and they kick as much ass as there music, i listen to it constantly aswell.GhettoSmurf

sickboi (July 13, 2001)

I guess I'm not that hip because I can't get into these dudes. I kinda dug "TBC" but I didn't think it was anything special. I listened to this album at a local music store and opted to go with the new Good Riddance album. I suggest you do the same.

punk_kid (July 13, 2001)

i love this fucking cd. if youve only listened to it once at staywhatyouare.com or something go listen to it again. trust me you'll realize that it IS amazing. im not even a fan of this style of music but i still listen to this disc constantly.

Anonymous (July 13, 2001)

Love the lyrics, but just don't dig the sound all that much. Theres a few that I like Jukebox breakdown, but theres a few that I don't really care for. MAybe if I listen to it a bit more it will grow on me. I only listened to it once.

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

genius cd though.

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

i hate the cardboard.

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

i've talked alot of shit about this band, and i never found their older cd's that great, but i will say that this album is one of the best cd's i've heard in a long, long time. I know I know, I cant believe I'm saying it either. Stay What Your Are is full of catchy choruses, clever metaphors, and all around great music. It sure as hell isn't punk, but it's some of the best pop-rock I've ever heard. Props to them for changing for the better.before you judge it on other's opinions(like I did), give it a listen.- fathead

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

ok, the one before the previous one....you know what nm

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

another comment (i did the previous one)

The guitars on this album are not just good because of their technical ABILITY, but because they know how to play LOUD when it needs to be loud, but they also know how to be subtle and just hit one note or barely play at all. this means that they have matured to the point where the song overall, and not just the part they play is important. genius.

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

Ya I hate em...

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

First off, you are an idiot for saying chris really wants to be in Lifetime. You're still carrying a torch from the Can't Slow Down era. IF you want to curse a band for sounding like Lifetime, try the movielife.
Second, the reason most CDs are in those cases, I've heard it's cheaper and easier. Don't ask me how, but that's what I have heard.
I also agree that this album is darker. "As Your Ghost Takes Flight" makes "I'll shove some dirt right down your throat" sound like a love song.
STD should go under three names and put out CDs as three bands: 1 for their amazing fast stuff, 1 for their amazing slow stuff, and 1 for their amazing acoustic stuff.
This album is great, and five years from now people will say they helped change punk, because even with through being cool, they already have.

matty (July 12, 2001)

does anyone else hate those new cardboard cases every new cd is coming in?...

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

What the hell? In no way is this album far more dark than their previous stuff. It's far more "lighter". I am a huge fan of STD, and going into listening to the CD, I didn't have high expectations. I had heard bad things already. Well, it's far more poppier than their other stuff, and very catchy. This isn't Saves The Day. Just like the new Hot Water Music, it's different, but good. If i went into listening to this CD without hearing of STD before, I would think that it is good. But, I just have that prior knowledge of what STD used to be and how rockin' they were. So, this CD is great, just not STD. By no means, darker and less poppier though.

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

When I first put the CD in my CD player, I had very high expectations. I loved Can't Slow Down and thought Through Being Cool was one of the best CD's I'd heard in years. The two songs on the Vagrant sampler had my truly pumped to hear this new stuff and I was expecting a masterpiece.

I hit play and the first thing I heard was Chris's voice crooning "This song will become the anthem of your underground" to a soft guitar line. I instantly thought "This song will become a bookend on my CD shelf" and skipped to the next song. I cycled through the songs expecting to hear the Saves the Day I was accustomed to. Eleven tracks later, I was left scratching my head and thinking "What happened to STD?" I decided to sit down and give it a thorough listen and realized at about the fourth song that though this wasn't the Saves the Day I was used to, it was very, very good. It was even more. It was unbelievable.

I find it hard to choose words to describe this CD. The music had been completely overhauled. The distortion is toned down so that it has almost a countryish sound at times. The guitar work has progressed from power chords and palm mutes to melodic hooks and intricate melodies. People looking for a "punk rock" CD won't find it here, but they will find music that is catchy and at times beautiful.

Others have already commented on the lyrics on this CD and so I'll refrain from repeating them, but I'll just say that never before have I heard lyrics that can be as haunting or violent sung with such emotion or beauty.

There's not a bad song on this CD. I could say something about every track on the CD, but the ones that will really catch your ear are Cars & Calories, Freakish, Nightengale, and my personal favorite - Jukebox Breakdown. Jukebox Breakdown is as poppy and catchy as anything STD has ever written, and has a melody that will be stuck in your head for days.

The title of the CD is Stay What You Are, but it couldn't be further from the truth. Saves The Day has recreated themselves with this CD. They have not been "Vagrantized" or "Sold Out" as I'm sure we'll all hear forever. They've turned the volume down a bit and written some of the most intricate and catchy songs this genre has ever seen. In my honest opinion, this is the CD of the year so far, and perhaps may end up the best CD I've ever bought. I put it in the CD player expecting a masterpiece. I couldn't have been more pleased.

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

Yes, i was hoping for another Through Being Cool album and when i first heard Stay What You Are i wanted to punch my computer... but more i listend to it the more i realized that it was still saves the day who still knew how to rock it up. Give the album a chance, and im sure you will love it

mdev (July 11, 2001)

This album's amazing. Fuck you if you don't like it because it's not Can't Slow Down. It's okay if you don't like it because it's not your taste. Fuck you if you're too punk rock to admit liking it. It's okay if you really don't like it.

Anonymous (July 11, 2001)

I haven't heard the cd, but everybody but the 2 reviews on this site say it sucks. I think I'll get it just for Chris' lyrics.

Anarchy_Adam (July 11, 2001)

Chris just really wants to be in lifetime. Nothing too genius there.After hearing the album I was hit with an enormous rush of... Indifference.

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