Release Date: Oct 23, 2007
Record label: J-Records
Genre(s): Rock, Pop, Punk
Say Anything’s 2004 breakout album, …Is a Real Boy — a sprawling rock opera penned by frontman Max Bemis, later diagnosed as bipolar — firmly established the six-piece as an indie band that thinks big. So it’s no surprise that the Defense they mount on this two-disc, major-label follow-up, which expands on its predecessor’s themes, is a very compelling one. With twice the anguished howls, twice the soul-baring lyrics, and twice the screeching guitars, In Defense of the Genre is easily one of the most ambitious artistic statements the emo scene’s decade-plus development has offered.
Review Summary: Tim Kinsella wishes he could write this album.If there was one record this year I truly thought was going to disappoint, it was In Defense of the Genre. Say Anything’s last album, …Is A Real Boy, while quite good, suffered from being way too long, as songs poured on chorus after chorus until you plainly started to get annoyed. Then, with the new this album would have two discs, on the inside I pretty much gave up on it.