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Armor for Sleep
Dream to Make Believe
Equal Vision Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Where to begin? A cool style of music gains prominence in the wake of hardcore and punk. Fellas and ladies (well, mostly fellas, let's be honest) start realizing that chugging riffs go well when juxtaposed with moments of intense quiet, screams go well next door to soft singing, punk rock can be EMOtional as well as political... and emo is born. At first it's potent and urgent, then it branches out and flirts with other styles, and then finally, in the year 2004 - after a long and painful tilt towards irrelevance - the genre is dead. For the most part. "I used to love H.E.R."

There are still bands out there making emo that is melodic, meaningful, and noteworthy; Armor for Sleep isn't one of them. This is run-of-the-mill, whiney, nasal-voiced, modern emo, with strong currents of pop-punk not far beneath the surface. Vagrant Records probably wetting their beds in a moment of telepathic solidarity the moment these chords were crunk out. As Billy Crystal so tellingly noted in a mock-interview on Howard Stern, "It's not funny, it's not fun." Indeed Billy, you must have come off a whiskey soaked binge of listening to Strictly Ballroom and Saetia before throwing on Armor For Sleep's new record. As the press release states, and I quote: "Perhaps the most reflective moments of our lives are lived in the minutes before sleep completely drowns out our consciousness. We are forced to face our thoughts and at the same time admit that sleep will soon wash them away. Armor for Sleep is about capturing these moments." What a bunch of horseshit.

Acid tongue tucked firmly away, let's just face the facts. Armor for Sleep isn't doing anything new, and not much good either. Ben Jorgensen, the band's singer and guitar player, has tears to spare. The band follows along without protest, and the product isn't terrible, if this is exactly what you are looking for. However, excuses and half-assed endorsements a good record do not make. Let Armor for Sleep take a nice long nap.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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