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The Academy (2004)

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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 Isâ?¦not a total Taking Back Sunday rip-off, but the sound is definitely there, especially the track "In Our Defense."
The Academy Isâ?¦thankfully not that poppy, for what that's worth.
The Academy Isâ?¦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 á la Northstar, but aren't comfortable with it.
The Academy Isâ?¦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 Isâ?¦pretty good at hiding their lack of talent with lots of pretty little atmospheric octaves.
The Academy Isâ?¦occasionally capable of writing decent lyrics when said lyrics have an actual direction.
The Academy Isâ?¦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 Isâ?¦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. MP3
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