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!

 

The Most Disappointing Album Follow-Ups

Don’t you just hate when an artist or band you listen to really rocks your world, and you just can’t wait for that next album, and it just doesn’t compare. Really, this is no reason to hate on the album or the band, for it just means that they have set expectations of the fans so high because they are that good, so really you are just ticked at them for not increasing their songwriting and talent so exponentially that they didn’t top your favorite album, and honestly, if you like something that much, nothing will ever come close.

But anyway, let’s take a look at some albums that really disappointed me. This is sort of the opposite of my Artists Whose Talent Greatly Increased Between Albums posts.

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Avenged Sevenfold

Nightmare

2010

 

 

 

Avenged Sevenfold was really killing it with City of Evil and their self titled album. Then their drummer died just before recording Nightmare and I don’t know, it just didn’t have the same feel to it, on top of the fact that it was missing a lot of the intense energy that usually rips through their albums. It has grown on me quite a bit over the years, however.

Sticking with this band is the follow up to Nightmare

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Hail to the King

2013

 

 

 

The band decided to completely change their music to give the fans a really good metal album…circa the 80’s. Trouble is…no one wanted it. I don’t like 80’s metal all that much personally, so I was very saddened by this album, which lacked just about everything that I loved about the band up to this point. Again, it grew on me over the years, but it certainly is one of my least favorite by them.

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The Great Misdirect

2009

 

 

 

After 3 incredible albums, I guess the charm of their mind blowing talent and unique style wore off on me. That and their songs were now consistently going over 10-15 minutes long for no reason and their bland vocalist and complete lack of rhythm and time signatures just make them a hard band to listen to.

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Killer Inside

2007

 

 

 

After the intense, dark, melodic face smasher that was Built By Blood, their drummer died and the singer, who had the best voice ever for their sound, quit. Thus everything changed. It’s a good album, no doubt, but, it is nothing like the masterpiece before it. Their sound is completely different and the new singer is not so good.

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Encore

2004

 

 

 

This album, while good overall, falls way short of his previous ones. There are some very good tracks on it, but also a number of “what the heck was he thinking?” tracks that are easily the worst, and really, his only bad songs he’s ever made for the most part. Eminem blames this on being on drugs, and you can easily believe that with some of these tracks.

 

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Tales Don’t Tell Themselves

2007

 

 

This is definitely by far the worst album these guys have made. What makes it even worse is it followed up their best album (in my opinion) which also happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time. Over time, it has grown on me…sort of. It completely lacks the amazing talent and nonstop energy the band is known for.

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Renacer

2013

 

 

 

After a string of really amazing albums, they lose most of their members and change their sound to a heavier, bland hardcore/punk sound that is nothing like their old, incredible sound. The guitar tones are muddy, the songs not very creative…and on a typical garage band talent level. Though, it has grown on me over the years…but mostly because their follow up makes this one seem amazing.

Which brings us to…

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Pull The Thorns From Your Heart

2015

 

 

This album is truly bad. The quality is even worse than Renacer, the tones even muddier, the music is terrible, nearly every song is forgettable and/or awful and it’s just a mess, nothing at all like their former glory.

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The Alchemy Index

2007/2008

 

 

 

Thrice doesn’t really make good albums, save for Artist in the Ambulance and the somewhat worse Vheissu. Following the latter was this four disc, two album set that really toned down their music to a slow, melodic, technical (with synths and computer crap) style. It’s okay…but not anything special at all. They’ve only gotten worse from here.

Though they are really good live if you ever want to see them…I highly recommend it.

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Define The Great Line

2006

 

 

 

Following up my favorite album of all time, this had a lot to live up to…and they drop the ball completely. Their sound is nearly 100% different, and it’s just not that great. Even today, it has grown on me, but barely.

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The Few and Far Between

2013

 

 

 

Having lost their lead vocalist in the previous album, it took a big hit, but managed to maintain a Vanna feel to it. In this album, however, they lost their clean vocalist/guitarist, thus resulting in a brand new sound, with a relentless screamer who never shuts up and sounds like a weasel, very rare clean vocals and bland, typical metal music. In short, Vanna went from one of the best post-hardcore bands out there to an okay metalcore band. Highly disappointing. Though their sound has grown on me over time.

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A Beautiful Place To Drown

2020

 

 

 

Silverstein have had a consistent sound a the best post-hardcore out there for 20 years. Then, with this latest album, they go and mess it up completely. This is closer to a pop album now. All there cds have been amazing until this one. It’s still good, but it’s not Silverstein.