Silverstein Albums Ranked

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.

#10

 

Short Songs

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2012

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.

 

#9

A Beautiful Place To Drown

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2020

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.

#8

Discovering The Waterfront

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2005

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.

 

#7

When Broken Is Easily Fixed

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2003

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.

 

#6

Arrivals and Departures

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2007

Their third album is amazing, making me forgive the band for Discovering the Waterfront, for A&D quickly became my favorite of the three.

#5

A Shipwreck in the Sand

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2009

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.

 

#4

Rescue

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2011

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.

#3

I Am Alive In Everything I Touch

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2015

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.

 

#2

Dead Reflections

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2017

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.

#1

This Is How The Wind Shifts

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2013

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!

 

Nostalgia Goodies In Eminem’s “Marshal Mathers LP 2”

Eminem’s latest solo album is chock full of nods, throw backs and all sorts of nostalgia from earlier works in his career. I am here to compile a list of them, picking out and listing everyone I notice. I highly doubt I will recognize all of them, so please help out on any I’ve missed that you may have picked up on!

Well to start things off, the title “Marshal Mathers LP 2” is a sequel to his second major release, the “Marshal Mathers LP” 13 years earlier. A fitting name, as I am rather certain Eminem was going for a retro feel with plenty of nostalgia for this album. The album cover is even him sitting on the same steps in front of his old home, the exact picture of the first album, except now the house is boarded up and worse for wear. Cool!

Now let’s dive into the actual cd.

Track 01: Bad Guy

The song in it’s entirety is a sequel to Stan from the “Marshal Mathers LP,” told in the eyes of the late Stan’s little brother, who is indeed mentioned briefly in the first song.

A specific nod is at 4:05 when Matthew gives Em back an autographed hat that the rapper sends to him in the first song.

Right after that at 4:14, he recites lyrics from Criminal from the “Marshal Mathers LP.”

Matthew repeats the actions of his brother by driving high speed on a bridge with a live victim locked in the trunk. 5:01 he says to Eminem the same words Stan says on his suicide tape…”well, gotta go, almost at the bridge.” There is even an under toned “haha” after the lyric.

Track 02: Parking Lot (Skit)

This is the continuation to the skit that plays during the song Criminal. Listeners get to see what happens after he shoots the clerk and shouts “Thank you!” That is exactly where this new skit picks up in fact.

Track 03: Rhyme or Reason

At 0:57, he uses a clip of him yelling “die hard” from Bad Meets Evil’s Welcome 2 Hell, from their album “Hell: The Sequel.”

4:44, he says “Criminal” in the exact way he does in the chorus of the song Criminal.

Track 04: So Much Better

I did not pick up on anything in this song

Track 05: Survival

None here either

Track 06: Legacy

I got nothing…

Track 07: Asshole

Right after the first chorus at 1:18, Em says “thanks for the support asshole” and then repeats it. The way it is presented and repeated makes it seem like a big intentional nod to his lyric, “Dear Dave, thanks for the support, asshole” from the song My Name Is, off of the “Slim Shady LP.”

Exactly one minute later (2:18) he parodies a line from Lose Yourself from “8 Mile.” The original line is “The soul’s escaping through this hole that is gaping,” which he changes to “My soul’s escaping through this asshole that is gaping.”

There is another throwback to one of his older lines at 3:53. The lyric is “it’s apparent I shouldn’t have been a parent,” no doubt calling back to the “Marshal Mathers LP” song Who  Knew‘s line “apparently you ain’t parents.”

The last throwback for this one is the last few lines of the song…”White America’s mirror, so don’t feel awkward or weird, if you stare at me and see yourself, because you’re one too.” This is more subtle, but these lines are basically what the whole song White America from “The Eminem Show” is all about.

Track 08: Berserk

Though this song is filled with mentions, references and samples from many other celebrities, nothing so much about his own songs.

Track 09: Rap God

Right at the beginning, he repeats over and over again, “six minutes Slim Shady, you’re on.” This is not the first time this has been said, originally on the song Remember Me off of the “Marshal Mathers LP.”

The next is rather obvious, as he himself points out a line from the “Marshal Mathers LP,” at 3:43, referring that it was once censored, but no longer isn’t as he repeats the entire line, originally recorded on the song I’m Back.

Tracok 10: Brainless

I didn’t notice any here.

I will complete the rest of the album next week. See you then!