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In Defense of the Genre


Download links and information about In Defense of the Genre by Say Anything. This album was released in 2007 and it belongs to Punk, Alternative genres. It contains 27 tracks with total duration of 01:28:55 minutes.

Artist: Say Anything
Release date: 2007
Genre: Punk, Alternative
Tracks: 27
Duration: 01:28:55
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No. Title Length
1. Skinnny, Mean Man 3:32
2. No Soul 3:36
3. That Is Why 4:12
4. Surgically Removing the Tracking Device 2:29
5. This Is F***ing Ecstasy 2:39
6. The Church Channel 3:03
7. Shiksa (Girlfriend) 3:38
8. Baby Girl, I'm a Blur (Main) 4:18
9. Retarded In Love 3:06
10. People Like You Are Why People Like Me Exist 3:25
11. Died a Jew 2:29
12. An Insult to the Dead 4:09
13. Sorry, Dudes. My Bad. 2:43
14. Spay Me 3:13
15. In Defense of the Genre 4:01
16. The Truth Is, You Should Lie With Me 2:31
17. The Word You Wield 3:50
18. Vexed 2:39
19. About Falling 4:13
20. You're the Wanker, If Anyone Is 3:21
21. Spores 2:49
22. We Killed It 1:51
23. Have At Thee! 3:03
24. Hangover Song 0:58
25. Goodbye Young Tutor, You've Now Outgrown Me 4:20
26. I Used to Have a Heart 4:16
27. Plea 4:31



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.