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Self Against City

Self Against City: Telling Secrets to StrangersTelling Secrets to Strangers (2007)
Drive-Thru Records

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
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In the world of watered down variations on Taking Back Sunday, the margins for success are small. Teary, dramatic vocals dominate the band's bland, uninteresting music, filled with clichéd girl-oriented themes that often leave much to desire. While other Drive-Thru bands have been able to succeed w.
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In the world of watered down variations on Taking Back Sunday, the margins for success are small. Teary, dramatic vocals dominate the band's bland, uninteresting music, filled with clich├ęd girl-oriented themes that often leave much to desire. While other Drive-Thru bands have been able to succeed with either the creativity of Hellogoodbye, the lyrical bite of Socratic, or the comparative aggression of I Am the Avalanche, Self Against City has none of those.

The blatant egoism of the singer in "Tequila Moonlight" is the boldest the lyrical content ever gets on Telling Secrets: "You gave me that look across the table at dinnertime / Your toes caress my ankle / And I notice your breathing getting heavy / Your speech short of steady / It's obvious you're ready." In all fairness, there are several outlying occasions where the music isn't painfully dull. "Talking to the Mirror" is the best song on the album, featuring a relatively aggressive rhythm with a bouncy bass verse, "Becoming a Monster" has some catchy melodies with nice, albeit predictable backing vocals, and "Ready and Willing" could have been decent if it weren't for the unbearably gagging lyrics and vocal delivery.

By the eighth song, "You Got It," the band is clearly running out of steam. The last three songs are about as boring and monotonous as any ending to a record. The last song, "Back to Our Innocence" features an idiotic drum machine electronica beat that may have worked for Hellogoodbye, but turns an otherwise decent song into a complete joke for Self Against City.

With such a good name for a punk-related band in Self Against City, Telling Secrets to Strangers offers nothing but disappointment. Although there are several bright spots, the majority of the album lacks energy, audacity, and originality, a losing combination for any band trying to make more for itself than just a fanbase of teenage girls.

 

 
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xmonachettix (September 8, 2007)

i love these guys.

Anonymous (March 4, 2007)

solid release from an up and coming band
-christopher

ConsolationPrizefighter (February 28, 2007)

Tequila Sunrise > Tequila Moonlight

andyvizzle (February 26, 2007)

Geez I can feel the love in here. If you don't like the music thats fine, but don't call other people fags becuase you don't like their hair. Sounds like a few of you might be jealous. haha.
either way, great album for me, 10 stars .

Anonymous (February 26, 2007)

doing whatever you want is pretty punx

GlassPipeMurder (February 24, 2007)

whaaaat...you get to arbitrarily change my score? that's not very punx.

inagreendase (February 24, 2007)

GlassPipe, if that's the case, I gotta bump it down to a 4, max. Our scale doesn't work like academia -- a 2 is just as bad an 8 is good. A 5 would be fair or mediocre.

One day we'll actually put up a link that explains our scale. Remember, it's a balanced one. A score of 6/10 wouldn't be a "failing" record on the site.

GlassPipeMurder (February 24, 2007)

well the way i see, a 5/10 isn't very good at all. that's already an F, and as i mentioned, there are some halfway decent moments here.

historypeats (February 24, 2007)

How did this get a five? The review makes it sound like a 2, which is what I would have given it.

Anonymous (February 24, 2007)

"so what if I want to call the Whalers a bunch of faggots in the comfort of my own home? thats not homophobia!"

(loose chasing amy quote, one of you dorks correct me)

Paul

P.S. these guys have gay haircuts, now if that makes me homophobic then so be it. they look like shitty shitty fag fags.

joshcbfl (February 24, 2007)

Posted by badbrain on 2007-02-23 19:39:43

feeeding5000, saying someone has a gay haircut is not homophobia stupid. that word gets thrown around too much by the hypersensitive.


HR, is that you?!

GlassPipeMurder (February 23, 2007)

haha, i like how the "homophobia" criticism two posts down was by "BadBrain".

ibitchslappedyourmama (February 23, 2007)

these guys are seriously homo... i had to sit through a set of theirs and i wanted to choke the shit out of the lead singer. they all look like skinny 14 yr old chicks with feathered hair...and thats not being stereotypical of bands that play this kind of trash

badbrain (February 23, 2007)

feeeding5000, saying someone has a gay haircut is not homophobia stupid. that word gets thrown around too much by the hypersensitive.

Anonymous (February 23, 2007)

I actually loved this album. One of the few cds I can listen to without having to skip a single track.

Anonymous (February 23, 2007)

Wow, everyone gets a little homophobic when there's another review of some bad emo-pop band. You're taking it a little too seriously, guys. It's just a bad band.
-feeeding5000

Anonymous (February 23, 2007)

everything thats wrong with the 'punk/emo/hardcore' scene right now, right up there with Panic! and cute is what we aim for. shitty, shitty cheese vocals and the guys sounds more annoying than the starting line singer guy, they are all skinny girly men with gay haircuts and finally, the music is very boring and generic. this is the kind of shit that you hear in the background of 'maui fever' or whatever that new shitty mtv show is.

Paul

Anonymous (February 23, 2007)

score is for the comment below, made me laugh, thanks-oldpunker-

dietcokeofpunk (February 23, 2007)

I usually like bands with the word against in the name. ie against me!, against all authority, rise against...

therefor i demand that this band change their name. "we have gay haircuts" would be acceptable...

m-oo (February 23, 2007)

Couldnt agree more with the review!

BrandonSideleau (February 23, 2007)

I always though Taking Back Sunday was already watered down hahaha.

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