Silverstein is a Canadian post-hardcore band that has been slaying the music industry for 20 years. In fact, they just celebrated this milestone with a massive tour, playing three sets for those lucky enough to see it before I assume it was canceled from coronavirus. I was one of those lucky folk, and I have to say, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.
It is extremely rare for bands, especially in their genre, to be together that long, and even more rare for any band to throw out consistently incredible albums every single time. There is no band I can think of that has done this as well or efficient as Silverstein.
They come out with an album every two or three years, and I have been blown away to some extent every album. The key to their success is they don’t change. And they don’t really do anything fancy. Their music isn’t all that impressive, but it’s jaw-dropping. Their vocals are catchy and poetic, and he only screams when the music calls for it, as a result, the constant switching between singing and screaming creates a very emotional and powerful song that I never get tired of. They know what sound they want, and just do what they do, and it generally just gets better as their talents and creativity increase over the years. It isn’t too farfetched to say that Silverstein is post-hardcore.
So to celebrate Silverstein’s 20 years, as well as their brand new album that came out a little over a month ago, I’m going to rank all their main studio albums from my least favorite to most favorite.
Okay, so I have never heard this. I thought it was just some demo or spoof album, which I guess it kind of is. But I only just now realized this is considered their sixth full length album, so now I’ll have to actually go out and buy it. But seeing as the album consists of 11 originals and 11 covers, all under 2 minutes, and some under 1 minute, I can see why I never bought it, and am quite certain it will without a doubt be their worst.
A Beautiful Place To Drown
Their tenth and brand spanking new album is unfortunately their worst (we’re pretending Short Songs doesn’t exist from here on out). And that is because on this one they actually change their sound. They go for a much more poppy sound, and it’s just not the same.
But that’s not to say this album isn’t good. In fact, it’s very good, but falls far from the rest of their albums. But the songs are actually better live, since so much of that poppy flair is eliminated, so that you can actually hear the songs as Silverstein, and then you see how maybe their sound hasn’t changed so much after all.
Truthfully, I hated the album the first couple times I listened to it, but after three or four times, I have to say I have no issue with it at all.
Discovering The Waterfront
Their second album is the one that brought them to fame, but it also was my least favorite one until a month ago. I so very much liked their first album that when this came out, I was somewhat disappointed by it.
But that’s not to say I don’t love this album in it’s entirety, for it is phenomenal. And that just goes to show how good this band is. Their worst two albums are still incredible.
When Broken Is Easily Fixed
This is their debut album. My friend introduced it to me back when I was getting out of my “nothing-but-punk” phase. I really enjoyed the album, and as a new guitarist when this came out, I spent a lot of time learning their songs. Because of this, Silverstein has been a huge influence in my writing.
Arrivals and Departures
Their third album is amazing, making me forgive the band for Discovering the Waterfront, for A&D quickly became my favorite of the three.
A Shipwreck in the Sand
Their fourth album is when this band became huge for me. I was completely blown away by this album, and still am. It has some of their best songs to date, and I get excited every time I listen to it. It was at this point that they became more than just a band for me, but probably entered my top 10 or top 5 favorite bands.
Their fifth one had a hard time, what with following up the perfect A Shipwreck in the Sand. For a long time, Rescue fell short of that album, until after a year or two, I realized how amazing and catchy every song on this album is, not to mention all the emotion behind it. The quality of the album is also much, much better, for their other albums were always so quiet, almost muffled sounding. Rescue showed what Silverstein could really do. Their writing was the best it had ever been up to this point, and for that, it eventually won favor over it’s predecessor.
I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
The next three albums are complete masterpieces. They are some of the best albums ever made in my opinion. This album in particular, which is their eighth, has so many beautiful songs, so emotional and incredible. Not to mention it displays some of the most talented song-writing in the bands career.
I have gotten every Silverstein album as soon as they came out, except for their first one, because I never heard of them, and this one, their ninth, because I had so much other music I wanted to check out that I never got around to it. But since I was seeing them in concert, I bought this when pre-ordering their new one.
I now hate myself for depriving myself of this album for a couple years. It is fantastic. So catchy, yet so powerful and dark in a way at times. Every song keeps me hooked from beginning to end, and now I feel I must listen to this over and over for two years to make up for all the times I missed out on it.
This Is How The Wind Shifts
Okay, so I lied…I didn’t buy this one right away either. Mainly because I was super poor at the time. My friend kept urging me to listen to it, but I kept blowing it off. But one fateful day, an employee of mine played part of the first song for me, “Stand Amid the Roar,”and despite my financial troubles, I bought their seventh album the very next day.
Never in my life has a song ever blown me away as much as that one. It was Silverstein, whom I had already loved for years, and yet it was something different, something new and exciting, something perfect. It was like the band had reached nirvana. I excitedly listened to the opening “Stand Amid the Roar” in it’s entirety when the album finally arrived.
I literally could have stopped at that one song and been satisfied. But I eagerly listened through the whole album and found that each song hit me just as hard as the first. Literally every single song is a masterpiece beyond the likes of anything I can ever comprehend. The band had surged forward, much like they did in A Shipwreck in the Sand, but in a much bigger way.
It was after listening to this album that Silverstein at long last officially became my favorite band of all time, and have held the title ever since. But not only because of how good this album is, but how they constantly deliver amazing stuff time and time again, when so many other bands decline or only have one or two really good albums. These guys make it look simple.
I’m wondering if the band itself thinks this is their best album as well, for on their tour they played a large medley showcasing every single song from This is How the Wind Shifts.
Happy 20th Anniversary Silverstein! Thank you for bringing so much to my life, both in listening to music and writing it! Here’s to hoping for another amazing 20 years!