Saves The Day

When I went to pick up Saves The Day’s In Reverie, I thought that I knew what to expect.

Boy, was I wrong.

I’m not saying I don’t like it, but their new album has a sound I was not expecting from this New Jersey-based emo band, especially since they recently added Face to Face drummer Pete Parada.

I should have known better, none of their other four albums sound similar. They went from scratchy vocals and fast, poppy beats on their first full length album, Can’t Slow Down, to a more melodic feel on their five-track acoustic release, I’m Sorry I’m Leaving. Their third release, Through Being Cool, brought us back to their original pop-punk feel, with heavier and more emotional vocals.

I anticipated In Reverie would be most like their last album, Stay What You Are, which is more indie rock than pop-punk, but the new album is most comparable to their earliest recording. Chris Conley’s vocals are more refined and less emotional, while the music is lighter and lacks intensity. The lyrics are still particularly bitter, the only thing that has remained consistent throughout their recordings.

Although In Reverie is less punk and more pop than Saves The Day’s previous releases, I enjoyed the record and recommend picking it up. Just don’t expect too much.

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