Say Anything’s self-titled is my favorite Say Anything album.
I realize that’s a tough opinion for the Bemis faithful. The adoration towards …Is A Real Boy remains quite strong even 8 years later, and that’s unlikely to ever change. Really, all my Say Anything opinions seem to be frowned upon - I consider self-titled the best record, with …IARB, In Defense Of The Genre, and even Anarchy, My Dear (a better album than you realize) to be fairly even.
I remember the whispers leading up to Say Anything, where many questioned whether a happy Max could write a compelling record - a silly worry, at best. I’ll take the hopeful Bemis who penned “Do Better” over the angsty Max behind “Molly Connely” any day of the week.
The tour with Saves The Day, Motion City Soundtrack, and Valencia in promotion of self-titled was easily my favorite SA setlist, with self-titled dominating, a few old favorites like “Colorblind”, and a special performance of Two Tongues’ “Crawl”. Hell, we were even treated to Kenny Vasoli covering bass duties on that run.
Give this a listen, then go spin Anarchy, My Dear again - both are wonderful albums.