Stay What You Are – Saves the Day

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Here goes a rendition the classic music critic gripe: 

If the world was a “just” place (oh silly critics) Saves the Day would have the career of Fall Out Boy, only with way more credibility. 2001’s Stay What You Are is the most radio-ready emo album there is and it’s not even that close. It’s melodic bliss, yet somehow it just didn’t click. Saves the Day was just four years too early. The album came out in the height of pop punk’s infiltration of mainstream teen culture, and this album just didn’t fit the mold of the Blink-182s and Sum 41s of the world. But hey, as a music listener, it’s better for an album to be unappreciated and great than known and unlistenable.

Atypically, the album begins with a funeral on the aptly titled “At Your Funeral.” The track is not as melancholy as one would expect, in fact, musically it’s bouncy. It, and most of the songs on Stay What You Are emote more bitterness than sorrow. The follow-up “See You” features leadman Chris Conley at some of his lyrical best, with vivid imagery that is instantly relatable:
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