Life in SurveillanceAfter the success of their first album Antidote For Irony, So They Say is back with the hard-hitting rock sequel Life in Surveillance. This time, working with producer Matt Hyde (Sum 41, No Doubt, Slayer), the music has been turned up a notch, periodically drowning out the vocals, which is a shame considering the lyrics are actually thoughtful and catchy. Take, for example, this poetic line from the infectious single “Wake Me Up:”

“A chemical reaction that I call passion is a prison built for two.”

Shifting between Goo Goo Dolls, Splender and Lit comparisons, So They Say stays firmly rooted in the late 1990s, though occasionally adding their own flair to the genre. It’s often hard not to get drawn into the more catchy tunes on the album. The chorus in “An Apology” is especially addictive. One listen and it’s on repeat in your mind.

The songwriting is above average and the music is obviously well-performed and invigorating, but there just seems to be something missing. Like the gold, white and black album cover art, it feels like the musicians have used a limited color palette to paint a beautiful, but slightly repetitive record.

Zach’s Rating: C+
Late ’90s music fan’s rating: A-
Late 90s aged man’s rating: F

To purchase Life in Surveillance, visit Amazon
For more information on the band, including tour dates, visit the band’s Myspace

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