The Bouncing Souls are back with a record that has taken them nearly seven years to complete... Well, not literally seven years, but Anchors Aweigh is definitely the end result of nearly a decade of musical evolution, r... more »efinement and growth. 17 tracks including the hidden track 'The Fall Song', packaged in a digipak. Epitaph. 2003.« less
The Bouncing Souls are back with a record that has taken them nearly seven years to complete... Well, not literally seven years, but Anchors Aweigh is definitely the end result of nearly a decade of musical evolution, refinement and growth. 17 tracks including the hidden track 'The Fall Song', packaged in a digipak. Epitaph. 2003.
BLuTT | Chicago, Illinois United States | 08/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"while i think everything the souls have done is great, they suprised me with this one by writing songs that seem to be more "crafted" than "spit out" this time around. and that's a good thing. the ususal underdog themes are here, but with a bit of a feel that indicates that the guys aren't as knee-jerk as they used to be. i'm sure countless reviewers before me have already mentioned the "maturity" present here, and they would be right. this record needed to be made, and i think time will only show how poignant it is. it's one that, 5 years down the line, people will re-discover, like jawbreaker's "dear you". and wonder how they didn't see it as a classic right off the bat. well, because they didn't yet have some of the necessary experiences yet, that's why. i could break this record down track by track, but the truth is, every song has such a thorough, unique feel to it, they're all keepers. i venture to say that this is arguably the souls' best record, but i am swayed by the fact that it speaks more to fans that are 30 instead of 17 this time around, and i am closer to the former. every record of theirs is special, but this one just has a quality that resonates with me more than ever right now. feeling older or out of touch a bit, maybe? not sure if the souls still do it for ya like they used to, years back? pick this one up and you'll find that they've still got it, and they'll still convince you that you do, too."
5 STARS REFLECT
Nico Tuscani | 12/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is from the heart.Theres almost too much heart.This cd made me think about who I am.Theres honesty and sad songs.But mostly this cd is hopeful.VERY TOUCHING.The lyrics are amazing like for example ''A shield from the pain or a trap that keeps it all in they tried to break me down i HAD TO BREAK AWAY WOKE UP FROM THAT NIGHTMARE TO START ANOTHER DAY'' those lyrics I just said are so hopeful.It made me think about honesty and how to make myself feel better instead of worse.Talking and listening to people is what saves peoples lifes."
J. Matthews | New York, USA | 07/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are considering the purchase of this album, don't hestitate. It sucks that you do not own it already, but Souls fans are willing to forgive (under conventional circumstances). Anyway, the tracks on Anchors Away not only have the classic amazing Souls lyrics and hooks, but this is the best sounding Souls record yet."
Greg | Baton Rouge, LA | 01/05/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"? I'm thoroughly impressed with this CD . It's nice to see an older band put out a new CD that can hold it's own when compared to "the old classics". When I got it I popped it in and could feel from the first bass plukings off Apartment 5F that it was the Souls, it just had that bouncy rhythm, signature vocals, make you want to chant feel. It got me pumped and ready for the rest. Was I excited? Hell Yeah! Then we hit song two, Kids and Heroes, more killer vocals. On and on it
went till I finally finished, I was amazed I made it through the whole thing with out collapsing from over excitement! All the new stuff was great. I was very impressed.
The one thing that I really noticed was the new drummer. As an earlier reviewer stated he's much different, more precise and different style. He's not bad, just different more aggressive. It changes the Soul's sound a bit, but all in all doesn't really take away that much. Change is a thing of life!
Many people don't like to accept it, but change is what makes life tolerable instead of boring and repetitive. Stand outs would be Apartment 5F, Sing Along for Ever, Inside Out, Better Days, Night Train, and the title track.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're a Soul's fan defiantly get it! Its great. If you're just getting in to them this is NOT a bad starting point regardless of what others say, but you might want to start with some earlier stuff."