In Defense of the Genre

In Defense of the Genre

by Say AnythingSay Anything


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Max Bemis -- the medicated frontman responsible for every melody, riff, and snare hit on Say Anything's debut -- has broadened his approach for the band's follow-up release. In Defense of the Genre is a double-disc set spanning every nook and cranny of Bemis' record collection, with a full lineup accompanying his romps through screamo, show tunes, and the usual pop-punk territory. Also along for the ride are a number of collaborators, and anyone who questions Say Anything's ability to stay afloat in light of their frontman's bipolar disorder need only notice the supportive cameos by Gerard Way, Pete Yorn, and Chris Carrabba. But even if Bemis has the support of the music industry, he still refuses to play by its rules, structuring In Defense of the Genre like a schizophrenic mixtape instead of something traditionally cohesive. The songs function like a series of miniature suites, making left-hand turns without warning and mixing genres together with a deft hand. Electronica choruses rub shoulders with punky verses in "No Soul." Broadway-styled orchestrations in "That Is Why" give way to the aggressive "Surgically Removing the Tracking Device." Elsewhere, Bemis finds room to toss everything from doo wop to reggae into the pot, and although the resulting concoction isn't quite as appetizing as ...Is a Real Boy, it's certainly good enough to warrant several helpings. Bemis may be seeking to defend the emo genre, but his album instead illustrates the difference between run-of-the-mill emo -- which, indeed, comprises most of the genre's output -- and the imaginative, skillful tunes that flourish here. The only major downside is the album's length; at 89 minutes, it often comes across as untrimmed and longwinded, particularly during the second disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: J-Records
UPC: 0886971870121
catalogNumber: 718701
Rank: 109314

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Say Anything   Primary Artist
Andy Jackson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Anna Waronker   Vocals,Guest Appearance
DJ Swamp   DJ,Guest Appearance
Matt Skiba   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jake Turner   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Caithlin De Marrais   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Pete Yorn   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chad Gilbert   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jordan Pundik   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ken Vasoli   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Aaron Gillespie   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Casey Prestwood   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Anthony Raneri   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chris Carrabba   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gerard Way   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Max Bemis   Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Laura June Kirsch   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Parker Case   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Anthony Green   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Fred Mascherino   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chris Conley   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michael Auerbach   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Alexander Kent   Bass,Group Member
Adam Lazarra   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jacob Linder   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Joshua Sultan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jeffrey Turner   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Andy Jackson   Engineer
Brad Wood   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Jeff Smith   Illustrations
Ross Peterson   Engineer
Max Bemis   Composer
Alexander Kent   Composer
Jacob Linder   Composer

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