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Armor For Sleep

Armor For Sleep: What To Do When You Are DeadWhat To Do When You Are Dead (2005)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: InnuendoAndOutTheOth
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Let me make one thing perfectly clear before I begin to dissect this album: this is not the Armor For Sleep you heard on Dream To Make Believe, so put aside all your preconcieved notions. I'm not sure if it was the insane amount of ads floating around on news sites, zines, etc., or if it was the fac.

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Let me make one thing perfectly clear before I begin to dissect this album: this is not the Armor For Sleep you heard on Dream To Make Believe, so put aside all your preconcieved notions. I'm not sure if it was the insane amount of ads floating around on news sites, zines, etc., or if it was the fact that the band's rabid fanbase seemed to elevate them to this sort of god-like status, or I could have just been bored. Whatever the case was, I am glad that I didn't completely write them off after their last record, because the band completely reinvented themselves with this latest release.

Armor For Sleep have dropped the "dream rock" sound, opting instead to go with a more streamlined rock sound. This band must have been aware of the holes that existed on the last release because they fixed a good portion of them. Often times listening to the last album, I would get lost and wake up on track 7; that kind of stuff doesn't happen on What To Do When You Are Dead. This record is akin to the latest efforts from the Juliana Theory, Jimmy Eat World and the Get Up Kids; emotional rock done well, or just plain rock with a hint of emotion.

The music on this outing is the thing that impressed me most, more specifically the guitars. While not breaking new ground in any areas whatsoever, with the help of a more than a few good leads and a serviceable rythym section, it stays just interesting enough to not lull me to sleep. The vocals are, well, how can I say this...less pussy-ish than on the band's debut. They now fit well with the current sound found on this record. Lyrically, I guess this is an improvement, but still as is the case which much of this music; nothing to write home about, although I've read that the lyrics tie in as sort of a concept album. I don't know much about that kind of stuff, but it's cool for people who like it I guess.

This record, while not being a world-beater, is most definitely a step up from their last. I recommend this album to people who were into this band before as it still retains some sort of ties to the Armor For Sleep of old, and for people who like no-frills rock done with an emotional edge. If you fall into one of those categories you should have fun with this for a month or so, maybe a little more or a little less. All in all, great strides were made with this record, still not enough to justify their huge buzz, but whatever...it's solid

Recommended tracks:
"The More You Talk The Less I Hear"
"The Truth About Heaven"
"Basement Ghost Singing"

 

 
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HeresLookinAtYou (April 5, 2006)

Score is for the last song on this CD

Anonymous (March 1, 2006)

this album is awesome i love armor for sleep how come many of you don't like them?

Anonymous (March 1, 2006)

this album is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

this album is insane, i cant believe so many of you dont llike it !

Anonymous (December 12, 2005)

1 alright song = 1 star. Don't buy this album. Don't support this band. If you see these douchebags in the street... spit on them.

motocrosslover (October 16, 2005)

I love it, and everything about AFS.
I'll admit that their first album wasnt that great, but its a big accomplishment to be this good now. Buy it, its so worth it.

doubleplay1421 (October 8, 2005)

sick album.i love the entire thing

Angel-Jin (September 22, 2005)

solid cd. it's got it's ups and downs, but solid nonetheless.

crazytoledo (August 1, 2005)

for associating afs with posers because its getting popular.

posers always listen to these types of band, especiallt hose 13 year old girls, cause they think this is 'punk'

md40_07 (July 31, 2005)

whatever, I like AMS and you said you did too, so why did you start your shit again?

crazytoledo (July 30, 2005)

No I don't live your lifestyle.

Now if you told me to go touch some boobies, I wouldnt disagree.

md40_07 (July 30, 2005)

fuck you man, just becase you follow me around this website and say shit about everything i say doesn't make you cool. So stop with the bullshit and how about you put some shit on here that people actually want to read instead of telling me to OD and everything. Go suck a dick

crazytoledo (July 28, 2005)

Dude, LD, please STFU.

md40_07 (July 10, 2005)

this is a great CD, i love the songs The Truth About Heaven and Akward Last Words, i also love Car Underwater but its starting to be put all over the place! i hate POSERS! AFS is awesome

Anonymous (April 26, 2005)

I am super impressed with this album. I couldnt stand their first record...but this CD is just such a good Rock/Emo CD. Its very dreamy...and its got a storyline which is pretty cool.

Alot better then expected

Anonymous (April 25, 2005)

I bought this yesterday just for shits and giggles at Target. It is MUCH better than I expected it to be.

Anonymous (March 29, 2005)

when i first bought this cd and starting to listen to it adn i didnt like them very much but, after i listened to every track and i got pretty into it i think it is a good cd , and also the song (remember to feel real) is a great song , i recomend that track to everyone who buys the cd,
but dont expect the band to sound the same as their first cd , because this cd is veryt different than their first,
i also recommend their first cd (dream to make believe)
its a great cd.

Anonymous (March 7, 2005)

the only reason why these dudes need armor for sleeping is because of the crazy amount of wet dreams and bed wetting these guys got going on. i dont even need to listen to this to know it blows.

colin (March 7, 2005)

"this album is good. but anyway, for the people who are always saying 'this sucks, go buy this instead' .. the records you recommend have nothing in common with this one. so why would anyone who likes afs want to listen to the thunderbirds or paint it black? if you're going to recommend something, at least make it in the same genre of music as the one you're telling them to avoid."

but, i think the point is that the entire genre of "emo pop rock radio friendly but omg it's underground so you get scene points" is meant to be avoided.

i could be wrong, though. but the new paint it black is really good.

Anonymous (March 7, 2005)

Nothing from the latest release by Juliana can be described as "done well"

Anonymous (March 6, 2005)

this album is good. but anyway, for the people who are always saying 'this sucks, go buy this instead' .. the records you recommend have nothing in common with this one. so why would anyone who likes afs want to listen to the thunderbirds or paint it black? if you're going to recommend something, at least make it in the same genre of music as the one you're telling them to avoid.

Marlon (March 6, 2005)

Save your money and buy the new Thunderbirds Are Now! instead.

Anonymous (March 5, 2005)

"hey Colin, that's funny, i booked a show with these guys, and everything was fine until about a week before, when they called to cancel for a "better venue" and even had the nerve to ask me to mail them their promo posters back. fuckers.

this band fucking sucks.

fuck EVR too, why don't they tell everyone what they really are: a fake indie with a major label dick up their asses, still trying to convince "the kids" they are scene-worthy. now that fairweather broke up, their schtick is up."

Holy shit. That is fucking lame. People who put on shows are the most under-respected participants in the punk scene, and it fucking drives nails through my forehead when bands pull this kind of shit.

-Ken

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

for those who do care, this CD has a secret track (0), which you can hear by putting it in a real cd player and rewinding it at the very beginning, so that track 1 goes into negative digits. this song supposedly represents the suicide note. its short and is only so-so in terms of quality.

also, there is an exclusive extra song that you can only get if you download the entire album off of the itunes store, which is a ripoff, especially for those of us who took the time to preorder the cd and are now screwed.

the score is for AFS kind of selling out to itunes.

Anonymous (March 3, 2005)

if you want to listen to a good concept album listen to the wall by pink floyd. oh wait you kids dont like real music i forgot.

Anonymous (March 3, 2005)

this band may actually be worse than the juliana theory, thats quite an acomplishment!

Anonymous (March 3, 2005)

"We're all super-proud that he was able to do it, but he's so far behind the rest of the pack that we have to wonder if it's really worth encouraging him anymore.

-Scott"

why are you such a dick?

InnuendoAndOutTheOther (March 2, 2005)

I was making sure that was the case...but thanks

inagreendase (March 2, 2005)

btw staff...can you fix my name on the review

it should read "InnuendoAndOutTheOther"

I would've done this as soon as I posted the review if your username wasn't so long that it wouldn't even fit in the username space provided.

Anonymous (March 2, 2005)

Scott is the new Jason Tate. Stop being a cockass.

This album is good background music whilst reading and the like but nothing spectacular.

colin (March 2, 2005)

"hahaha, well if you're artwork is anything like your reviews, it's cause they suck dick colin. Go fuck yourself you faggot.

score is for the new armor."

actually, this is twice armor has come to me personally asking me to do their work because i'm pretty good at what i do - i'm a graphic design major at an art school and the top in my class at that. if you know anything about creating work in photoshop, you'd know the cover art really isn't oustandingly hard. while i have the utmost respect for asterik studio (who did the work, check out the rest of their stuff at asterikstudio.com), my respect for this band is nonexistant.

it's just really messed up, how badly this band interacts with those who are supposed to help it out. while i've never been a fan of their music, i at least wanted to help them out by doing them a favor... designers get paid big bucks to do stuff like this (which i think is unfair... bands work hard and don't make a lot fo money).

blah, i'm just bitter, but at the same time, if you're part of a "scene" that "supports itself", you shouldn't royally fuck people who are just trying to help you out.

anyway sorry for the off topic rant. i just hate it when little kids who know very little about what they're talking about pretend to behind the vast shield of anonymity that is the internerd.

Anonymous (March 2, 2005)

Although i do like this cd... i disagree with the most of you... i like the first album better....i think this album has more tendency to sound like a lot of other things which is why i like dthem to begin with is because they didn't. Still a good CD though...I saw them about a week or so ago and they put on a very good show.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

there's no track 0 to whomever said there was.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

"In conclusion, it's kinda like a retarded kid learning how to tie his shoes at age 15. We're all super-proud that he was able to do it, but he's so far behind the rest of the pack that we have to wonder if it's really worth encouraging him anymore. "

As opposed to you, you has a hard time even moving your head downward to look at your shoes? Fuck off and quit making fun of mentally ill people. Hell, at least there's a few good looking ones who are actually nice and kind hearted. You seem to walk the planet pissed off because you work at a shitty magazine that your former friends bash the fuck out of. Grow up you big goon.

InnuendoAndOutTheOther (March 1, 2005)

if you're looking for a good "concept" album, listen to Control by Pedro the Lion.

that record, beats the pants off of this.... repeatedly

yes

In conclusion, it's kinda like a retarded kid learning how to tie his shoes at age 15. We're all super-proud that he was able to do it, but he's so far behind the rest of the pack that we have to wonder if it's really worth encouraging him anymore.

haha a great way of looking at this album...I was also torn on what to score this...I would have went with a 6.5...but I could only give a 6 or 7...rather overscore than underscore

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

i'm sick of concept albums

InnuendoAndOutTheOther (March 1, 2005)

this is a score for this terrible review. how can you review an album so tied to a concept and know nothing about that concept?

maybe some people don't give a shit about the concept and just listen to the music as is...like myself

Icapped2pac (March 1, 2005)

I'm up to song 7 so far, and at this point I pretty much agree with the review. I haven't been listening close enough to pay much attention to the lyrics, but I know some of them were downright abysmal on the last album, so I don't doubt anybody on that. Definitely a huge improvement. I was really bummed after hearing the new Over It, but this has lifted me back up a little.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

ack people enjoy this?

i'm sorry but everything about this band rubs me the wrong way. the nasally vocals, the uncreative and boring melodies, the lack luster lyrics...

concept albums are apparently the "hip" new thing to do, the problem is the people putting them out don't have the talent to make a good one.

if you're looking for a good "concept" album, listen to Control by Pedro the Lion.

that record, beats the pants off of this.... repeatedly.

-josh

maverick (March 1, 2005)

I'm torn with what score to give this release. On one hand, the record is such a phenomenal improvement on their first that the new album deserves at least a 7 or an 8.

On the other hand, this record is basically an "off-record" for any of "emo-rock" standard-bearers.

In conclusion, it's kinda like a retarded kid learning how to tie his shoes at age 15. We're all super-proud that he was able to do it, but he's so far behind the rest of the pack that we have to wonder if it's really worth encouraging him anymore.

-Scott

(PS- the chorus of the second song on this record is so fucking good.)

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

this is a score for this terrible review. how can you review an album so tied to a concept and know nothing about that concept?

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

when i said 'now that fairweather broke up, their schtick is up', i meant fairweather was (in my opinion, of course) the only good band keeping that label from being to nu-emo-rock what Prank is to spazzcore. having met fairweather, knowing what killer guys they are, their good records, and putting on a show for them, my opinion of EVR was 'good label' up until the AFS deal i mentioned earlier, which, since the show was first cancelled by the band itself, then followed up by a call from "Rich" or "Rick" (or whoever) from EVR confirming the following:

1. the show is cancelled
2. they want any and all promo materials back (at my cost)
3. any money i'd already received (i.e. presales) EVR was entitled to 60% of
4. if i didn't comply, they'd sic their lawyers on me

...basically put the bad taste in my mouth. i was bummed that they cancelled, but the fact that they rubbed it in my face that they'd found "a better venue" (i.e. "your place sucks") and then bullied me to give them 30 or so posters, some stickers, a promo CD, etc. back to them (overnight delivery, no less!) basically pissed me off.

i never sent the promo stuff back, hocked the CD at a local record shop, and used the $3 i got to buy a roll of angel soft that i wiped my ass with. i got a letter about a week later asking for the promo material, return address was EVR, but mailed from CA, not where EVR is located... a phone call turns out it was some company in CA called "Consolidated, Corporate, something something, Inc.". so as to what major they're owned by, hell if i know, probably Sony. but they certainly don't "act" like an indie label.

put it this way, when i call Fat, i can talk to Mike if i have a problem. when i call EVR, they tell me to call their lawyers.

theevilmonkey (March 1, 2005)

The album title should be in a CPR textbook.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

Horray for bad NJ "emo" bands!

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

Wow. It's pretty sad that you don't understand the artwork. It definitely has everything to do with the lyrics. It's a concept album. Maybe you should READ THE LYRICS again, pal.

InnuendoAndOutTheOther (March 1, 2005)

btw staff...can you fix my name on the review

it should read "InnuendoAndOutTheOther"

InnuendoAndOutTheOther (March 1, 2005)

score is for the cover artwork...I failed to mention it...maybe b/c it has nothing to do with the music...but it's cool anyway

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

somehow i don't think fairweather breaking up had anything to do with their new found desire to release awful music. i've been following the label for about 5 years now and it seems like they've just gotten worse and worse over time. the fact that they've got more money now (for ads in print and on tv) seems to go along with how bad some of the music is they release.... any idea on what major label dick is involved? i know they're distributed through RED (owned by SONY). :)

fuck EVR too, why don't they tell everyone what they really are: a fake indie with a major label dick up their asses, still trying to convince "the kids" they are scene-worthy. now that fairweather broke up, their schtick is up.

crossdressingmidget (March 1, 2005)

It's average, the songs all start the same, and sound the same. Sounds like 2,568 other bands. If it was on the radio I wouldn't change the channel, but I wouldn't go buy it.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

"this is the second time this band has asked me to do the artwork for their album and, halfway through the process, decided to just stop calling me. never paid me a dime."

hahaha, well if you're artwork is anything like your reviews, it's cause they suck dick colin. Go fuck yourself you faggot.

score is for the new armor.

Inspection12e (March 1, 2005)

Score is for the guy who said Prevent Falls.

Anchors (March 1, 2005)

As I've said before, lyrics are really important to be, and this band has some atrocious ones, but I find myself really enjoying this record. It's just fun.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

the cover looks a lot like the cover to the book "Death of an Ordinary Man" by Glen Duncan.

never been interested in this band though.

OverDefined (March 1, 2005)

prevent falls

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

The guy from earlier hit it, the lyrics on this release suck. Good cd and good band, but horrible, horrible lyrics.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

This is crap!! Go get the new Paint it Black instead!

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

"this is the second time this band has asked me to do the artwork for their album and, halfway through the process, decided to just stop calling me. never paid me a dime."

hey Colin, that's funny, i booked a show with these guys, and everything was fine until about a week before, when they called to cancel for a "better venue" and even had the nerve to ask me to mail them their promo posters back. fuckers.

this band fucking sucks.

fuck EVR too, why don't they tell everyone what they really are: a fake indie with a major label dick up their asses, still trying to convince "the kids" they are scene-worthy. now that fairweather broke up, their schtick is up.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

Good review. I don't have the album, though.

colin (March 1, 2005)

this is the second time this band has asked me to do the artwork for their album and, halfway through the process, decided to just stop calling me. never paid me a dime.

InnuendoAndOutTheOther (March 1, 2005)

"The vocals are, well, how can I say this...less pussy-ish than on the band's debut."

This sentence should have set off some sort of "maybe I should invest in a quality thesaurus" alarm in your head.

;)

-adam

I am well within close range of a thesaurus...I just wanted to have fun with that particular observation

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

This album is really good. If you don't get the whole concept of the album then you aren't going to enjoy it much. It's not amazingly excellent but definitely good and worth getting.

If you don't like it, that's fine, but don't be ignorant enough to write it off just because your individual opinion is that the band sucks in general.

Listen to this album and fuck off to the naysayers. They can eat their own shit and go listen to whatever cock rock they are into nowadays.

tristan (March 1, 2005)

Compelling narrative, vocals that are both impassioned and intelligent, and beautiful presentation. Might be the best record I've heard so far this year. Long live Armor For Sleep.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

I really like the cover.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

They stole the cover art from MIB: III after it got shelved.

-Chinatown

adam (March 1, 2005)

"The vocals are, well, how can I say this...less pussy-ish than on the band's debut."

This sentence should have set off some sort of "maybe I should invest in a quality thesaurus" alarm in your head.

;)

-adam

blaubs21 (March 1, 2005)

i think the whole concept of the album is fantastic. kudos to this band for being awesome.

plus the Track 0 is sweet as well.

Anonymous (March 1, 2005)

I think there are many instances where judging the book by the cover is completely warranted. Completely generic on all counts, too photoshopped looking, man in suit with face hidden? Gimme a break.

-duped

theundergroundscene (March 1, 2005)

pssssssssh

this should get nothing higher than a four

the lyrics are offensively bad

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