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Saosin

Saosin: Saosin (LP)Saosin (LP) (2006)
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Anthony who? While Anthony Green left Saosin and would go on to form Circa Survive, Saosin found another talented vocalist to fill the void left by Green. And that replacement, Cove Reber, easily lifts the band out of the potential pit-fall of being labeled off as just another emo band. While Reb.
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Anthony who?

While Anthony Green left Saosin and would go on to form Circa Survive, Saosin found another talented vocalist to fill the void left by Green. And that replacement, Cove Reber, easily lifts the band out of the potential pit-fall of being labeled off as just another emo band. While Reber's singing occasionally sounds extremely similar to 30 Second to Mars vocalist Jared Leto, Reber completely nails his notes, and his dynamic and emotional voice is quite impressive. However, it's not just the vocals that make an album, and Saosin manage to keep themselves at least one step ahead of the game with some stronger melodies and efficient songwriting.

"It's Far Better to Learn" starts off their debut full-length in a questionable manner. While it does bring notice to Reber's outstanding vocals and some solid guitar harmonies, the song is rather a preview of what's to come as it's one of the few lacking songs, though some guitar soloing towards the end saves it from being too boring. "Sleepers" and "It's So Simple" establish what Saosin is built around. Almost all of the songs here have a 'ballad' feel to them, even if they aren't exactly ballads. Maybe it's because the songs here are filled with loads of guitar harmonies throughout and the combination of the thriving instrumentals and lush vocals create some of the most memorable choruses to come out of this genre in quite some time.

This also showcases the main problem that hinders this release. While none of the songs showcased here are bad, they all follow the same structure and are made up of the same elements over and over. Sure, these guys can write some killer harmonies and top them with remarkable vocal work, but after awhile it starts to blur together and makes the album become slightly monotonous after awhile. The only variety shown here is the tempo changes between songs, which becomes rather hard to spot as a majority of the choruses still have that tedious feel by the time you get halfway through.

Luckily, the album regains some strength towards the end, with two of the best songs located in the last third of the album. "Collapse" manages to freshen it up a bit with some bass drums in the beginning giving way to gang vocals and a sing-along chorus over some killer guitar melodies. Following is "You're Not Alone," which is the prerequisite ballad that is sure to become a fan favorite. The song is actually highlighted by the lyrics in the chorus: "you're not alone / there's more to this I know / you can make it out / you will live to tell." With all of the negativity surrounding a lot of the lyrics from this genre, it's refreshing that at least some bands are writing positive lyrics to help the next generation try to get through and cope with their problems.

Saosin's first full-length is easily the band's make or break album. It's full of enough guitar harmonies, melodies, and impressive vocal work and balladry, that anyone into any kind of melodic emo/rock music should take notice. However, those wishing for more to come out of these adept musicians will be disappointed in the rather repetitive nature of this release. Even with its flaws, Saosin have managed to craft a strong release that will probably impress its listeners. It's not perfect, but then again, nothing is.

 

 
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quin (February 25, 2008)

this is the best cd - ive have ever heard so far- I bought the cd 13 moths ago
i have the tracks on my mp3-
I never wanted to , follow and feel , some sense of security , finding home , its so simple , bury your head , voices , sleepers , and come closer are my favs.

mvburton20 (January 11, 2008)

anthony green booh whoo.....

sashachemicalbabe (April 9, 2007)

its kool!

AutumnInAshes (March 21, 2007)

One of the best Albums in 2006

Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

im not a fan of post-hardcore or whatever genre that saosin falls into, but i dont think that this band is that bad. they r pretty good

bdimit (February 6, 2007)

Everyone should listen to saosin

newfoundmichael (November 10, 2006)

Good review. I agree that the songs did run together a lot of the time, and the album was slightly overproduced. I wish we could have heard what this album would have sounded like with Green, but then again i'm glad Circa is around.

Anonymous (October 20, 2006)

after listening to them live for the second time, I say do your own screaming Cove. Strange how the vocals sound nothing like they do live. The rest o the band is great. All they need is a better singer. Ohh wait, they had one... If cove was a fat bald guy saosin would sell less than half the records they do now. All the chubby thirteen year-olds trying to get even with mommy and daddy by painting their nails black. What happened to the good old days where you could go to a concert and enjoy yourself instead of worring about whos little girls vans you're accidentally stepping on.

kungfulawyer (October 20, 2006)

To say that Saosin is as good now with Cove as they were before anthony left to Circa Survive is to say that Velvet Revolver is as good as Guns'n'Roses, or Audioslave is as good as Rage. Get where I'm going with this??? Cove is a good singer, however lacks the raw intensity that Anthony brought and this is everso evident in the different versions of "I can tell". Anthony sounds raw and more hardcore, where as Cove just comes off as whiney. This album has some decent songs, and the writing is well done. Guitar riffs are acceptable and the drumming is very tight. This being said it's dificult for me to say this record is bad, the truth is it's not bad at all, it's just not very good. I know some of you will disagree, probably because you are about as attatched to this band as you are to your myspace. The thing is this album didn't do it for me, and neither did saosin live. I did see them a while ago, when their only known hit was Seven Years shortly after Anthony left, and Cove was terrible. Must have been a bad day because there is no doubt the boy has talent. Listen to Circa Survive and their newest album Juturna if you really want some musical integrety. Sorry girls, this album gets a 5.

Anonymous (October 15, 2006)

saw these guys the other night. put to waste comments of these guys being over-produced and not being able to replicate their sound live. they were amazing and sound very close live to what they do recorded. also, this album works amazingly for this band. they're going places and they know what you're doing.

Anonymous (October 9, 2006)

Some songs are pretty catchy like Sleepers and It's So Simple buuut all the songs sound the same. Even the guitar is pretty boring, the coolest thing they do is some simple tapping in the bridge in It's Far Better To Learn, other than that it's all real simple-like riffs. Uuuugh, has anyone else heard the acoustic version of voices? They forgot to protool that one. :(

Anonymous (October 8, 2006)

Nothing without Anthony

Anonymous (October 8, 2006)

wow, what a terrible review. ENGLISH, DO YOU SPEAK IT?

Satelliteyrs (October 8, 2006)

love this cd
reminds me of new medicines by dead poetic without screaming

Anonymous (October 5, 2006)

big over nice some penis oh my god preacher IN STORES

DiscoFucker (October 5, 2006)

Wheres the review for Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers?

Anonymous (October 5, 2006)

not a bad record. these dudes will get big

GreenVandal (October 5, 2006)

Without going into too much detail, Mettallica pretty much recorded all of St. Anger by abusing the hell out of pro tools. Thats what I was talking about.

And if you cant play your own music/sing in the pitch you want/get youre guitar to sound a certain way without a computer than you have no business claiming that music as your own. This sounds like garbage. Everything that tastelessly abuses pro-tools sounds like garbage.

Bah, whatever. No one will remember this shit in a year, so I guess I should just chill out and let it kill itself.

Anonymous (October 5, 2006)

gaosin

crazytoledo (October 4, 2006)

Well, it may be hard to believe, but not too many bands come through Toledo...but that doesn't stop the shitfest known as Aiden from coming to town...

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

do your research abit more go see them live ... you'll be taking back your vocal comments and anything positive you had to say about them. fool

ihavechappedlips (October 4, 2006)

I forgot to log in for mine.. so here it is.

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

I just find them annoying. They found one structure that works, stuck with it, threw some high, monotonous vocals in with some nice guitar work and called it an album. It's a start though..

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

these guys are laughing all the way to the bank. 35k there first week!

colin (October 4, 2006)

i can't believe this steaming pile of shit got reviewed and the new planes mistaken for stars didn't.

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

"after awhile it starts to blur together and makes the album become slightly monotonous after awhile"

This just in from the Department of Redundancy Department!

-K

crazytoledo (October 4, 2006)

Replace and with can.

crazytoledo (October 4, 2006)

Bands nowaday and play most of the time, to at least some xtent, but feel that every thing has to be perfect, so they polish their work so that in there eyes it can sound "perfect." Or something like that...

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

It's at the point where you don't even need to know how to play. Just get yourself a producer who knows how to twist the knobs better than the rest. It worked for Mettallica, didn't it?

Dumb comment or rather dumb example to use. I've seen Metallica many times and can report they certainly know how to play. Sure they haven't released a good album in 18 years but that's a whole 'nother story.

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

who lets this kid review cds?
album is WEAK. get a little more critical. those vocals are way overproduced, and do i hear auto-tune? i probably do.

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

this sucks

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

Is that one of those Starship Trooper bugs?

shot_in_the_dark (October 3, 2006)

if anyone is somewhat familiar with pre-reber saosin and looking for a quick laugh or cringe, visit their myspace and indulge in the horrifying live vocals. this guy gets nowhere near the recorded pitch. what happened to the tremendous voice he showcased on the record?

GreenVandal (October 3, 2006)

Anyone who uses Pro Tools is pathetic. I don't have a problem with digital recording (though I prefer good old tape) but shit like auto-tune is just ridiculous. It's at the point where you don't even need to know how to play. Just get yourself a producer who knows how to twist the knobs better than the rest. It worked for Mettallica, didn't it?

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

this album is horribly overproduced and is severly lacking in the lyrics department. i also expected more regarding the percussion.

treos (October 3, 2006)

solid cd, reber does sound a bit like leto but reber doesnt sound as much like hes trying to steal the show, i dont like leto or 30stm that much. JAzzed that these guys recovered so well after green left. Check out circa survive too they are pretty awesome.

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

bake 'em away, toys.

danperrone (October 3, 2006)

pro(these guys are)tooooooooools

Deadpan (October 3, 2006)

I find it amusing that you go on about how great his voice is, when I've heard from numerous people that Cove can't sing for shit live. Nice guy apparently, just can't sing.

FrodoShaggins (October 3, 2006)

just shut the fuck up, tools.

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

Just listen to Coheed, toys.

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

Just listen to Circa Survive, boys.

inagreendase (October 3, 2006)

The band will never come close to Translating the Name, but this is pretty solid if not samey. The reworked "Sleepers" is impressive.

I haven't heard more honest vocals

Assuming this isn't flamebait...his voice is awfully layered throughout. It's a good thing Saosin was never this raw, unproduced band from the start -- their guitarist Beau has always been a huge Pro Tools endorser. So you can't really hate on them now for embracing it; if anything give Howard Benson credit for not coating it with this shiny glean. The record still sounds pretty dark and grey.

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

horrible review ... this cd is awesome.

socrates (October 3, 2006)

concidering the fact that I reallyreally hate emo it's quite funny how these guys manage to please me that much. the screaming's gone, hurray! 4 rather weak songs, but the other are oh-so-solid.

crazytoledo (October 3, 2006)

Cove Reber sounds like Jared Leto from 30 seconds to mars! This must be the biggest idiot to ever review a CD!

Seriously. Reber does sound like a mix of Green and Leto. I noticed it numerous times throughout the album.

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

Cove Reber sounds like Jared Leto from 30 seconds to mars! This must be the biggest idiot to ever review a CD!

danperrone (October 3, 2006)

crap, i was gonna review this and give it a 3/10...forgot it came out so early

the vocals are so horrifically overproduced and every song sounds the same...seriously, this shit sucks

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

I haven't heard more honest vocals since AWS or Lagwagon. I know its a totally different genre, but these guys really put together a complete album...all categories aside.

LeightonESmith (October 3, 2006)

Its solid and very listenable. Safe.
I didn't mind it. The songs to tend to run together and there is a lack of variation but for fans of the genre, you can't go wrong with this release.

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

No Planes Mistaken for Stars review??? Bah!

shot_in_the_dark (October 3, 2006)

this is not worth the amount of time it took them to record it.

arrhythmia (October 3, 2006)

p.s. you're getting better at writing reviews.

the last line is unneeded though.

arrhythmia (October 3, 2006)

meh, Anthony Greene was Saosin. they should have changed the damn name instead of stealing publicity.

Greene's also an idiot because Circa sucks compared to what he did with Saosin.

maverick (October 3, 2006)

"You're Not Alone" could be HUGE, assuming Capitol doesn't blow it.

A lot of the songs on this record sound the same, but most of the guitar- and drumwork are above solid, so it's a fun listen.

-Scott

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

review is crappy, cd is about a C

Big_Guy (October 3, 2006)

I like it, but some of it sounds like a boy band.

pretty decent album though

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

" Solidly structured . . . . . JUST LIKE THE CAPITOL RECORDS BUILDING ! ! ! HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa ! ! ! "

Cheesetits (October 3, 2006)

Dude, there's like 2 good songs on this cd. I think that score is generous.

nocigar (October 3, 2006)

sucks.

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

what would've been a solid if somewhat generic debut album in 2002 or 2003 comes out in 2006 as a mediocre, overhyped piece of cold, corporate product that will surely be devoured by thousands of emaciated middle schoolers in girlpants and sideways haircuts still infatuated by a subgenre whose expiration date has already passed by 2 years.

new Hope Con destroys.

FatTony (October 3, 2006)

Haha, my mathematical equation relating Circa Survive, Saosin, and Anthony Green got trampled by the intertubes.

FatTony (October 3, 2006)

Meh.

Circa Survive Saosin

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

this album is really good. buy it.

BrendanKelly (October 3, 2006)

whadda bout my review. :(

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