Ok, this new album from Saves The Day had me from the first
song - and appropriately, the title track - "Under The Boards."
It's deep, dark and makes you wonder what Chris Conley might
have hidden away. Right away it's hilarious when he adds into his
lyrics the sentence: "I wanna crawl under the ground and not
come out for 37 years when my life runs out
" Pegging Chris
at about 27 years old, apparently our life runs out at age: 64.
"Radio" is appropriately titled as it clocks in at 2:13,
making it the ideal song for today's alternative stations. The tone
is naturally higher on this song, seeing as how most radio audiences
want their music "happy-go-lucky." For that matter, all
of the songs on this album are at least the perfect length for the
radio. With the longest one at 3:26, hopefully all will get an equal
shot at making a music director's list. "Can't Stay The Same"
isn't really much different; the octaves are on the high end, evoking
an almost giddy response out of me. One of my favorite songs on the
album is "Lonely Nights" and for the pure fact that the
beginning lyrics are: "I guess I wrote this song to hear you
singing along." This song has a very Spoon-ish feel to
it, as it starts out with simply a piano and Chris' almost poetic
voice. It could be argued that every "emo" song is a ballad
of some sort. However, I'd have to say that this song is the optimistic
ballad of the emo persuasion. It took a couple more songs to really
find another one I could get excited about. When I got to "Getaway",
I finally found that song. This song is kind of the runt of the litter
on the album. It starts off ever so slightly and quietly, sort of
playing a trick on you, making you turn up your stereo. If you're
patient, the rock really breaks about :50 in to it. You can tell it's
a very simplistic song, basic beats and rudimentary guitar; however
it's the dark demon of the band that shows itself. After you're finished,
you feel a little concerned about the boys. Or maybe that they just
need a hug. Finishing the album out is "Turning Over In My Tomb"
which is probably the most brilliant of all of them. When it comes
in there's a strong presence of some Smashing Pumpkins influence,
or if nothing else, just Billy Corgan. The happy-go-lucky is
gone as you could expect with a title like "Turning Over In My
Tomb." The lyrics cleverly tie in not only the album title, but
the title track as well. "So now I'm stuck under the boards,
no room to run not anymore." My only criticism for this song:
the tempo - it's too slow! There's no way an audience would respond
to this in a live setting.
I like it. I had heard of Saves The Day from Warped Tour, yet had
never actually listened to any. Now I'm a fan. Its takes quite a band
that can mix Spoon and Smashing Pumpkins together on the same album.
Plus, I love the fact that now I feel old, at the haggard age of 24.
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