Album Review of Hebrews by Say Anything.

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Hebrews by Say Anything

Release Date: Jun 10, 2014
Record label: Equal Vision
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo-Pop, Punk-Pop

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Hebrews - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

With five studio albums and a handful of EPs released as Say Anything, Max Bemis has spent plenty of time having his work and life picked apart by critics. On Hebrews, his sixth full-length with the pop-punk project, Bemis makes it clear that no one is more critical of his work than he is. Intense and personal, Bemis leads listeners on a guided tour of all his self-doubt and inner conflicts, harshly examining himself with brutal honesty as he declares "This is the tale of a bearded sloth who debases himself so they can get their rocks off" on "Judas Decapitation," a driving dance-punk number that delves into the struggles of being in a rock band and having to live your life in public.

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Sputnikmusic - 80
Based on rating 4.0/5

Review Summary: This is the tale of a bearded sloth who debases himself so they can get their rocks off!It’s become so acceptable to hate Say Anything now, that I don’t think I know anyone who is still a “fan” of the band anymore. Mostly it’s “They used to be really good” or “I like the self titled ironically” but it always devolves to this: Anarchy, My Dear! is apparently the worst thing to ever happen to music… ~ever~. Truthfully, I think I've heard maybe three songs from it and then stopped because, yeah, “the crap rains down” is probably one of the most cringe inducing lyrics ever written.

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Punknews.org (Staff) - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5

Max Bemis wants to shake the order of things up with Say Anything. That's pretty obvious. He's not doing it for the sake of doing it though – he has a definitive objective. As far as Hebrews goes, it seems that this aim is an extension of his life now – shoring up the olden days as he gets older, wiser and more settled.

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