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Santi [The Academy Is...]

  • 1. Same Blood
    2. Lax to O'Hare
    3. We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands
    4. Sleeping With Giants (Lifetime)
    5. Everything We Had
    6. Bulls in Brooklyn
    7. Neighbors
    8. Seed
    9. Chop Chop
    10. You Might Have Noticed
    11. Unexpected Places
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 946672

  • Credits
    ProducerButch Walker
    EngineerMark Needham

    The Academy Is...: William Beckett (vocals); Mike Carden, Michael-Guy Chislett (guitar); Adam T. Siska (bass guitar); Andy 'The Butcher' Mrotek (drums, background vocals).
    On its second full-length studio album, SANTI, the Academy Is follows in the emo-goes-pop footsteps of fellow Illinois act Fall Out Boy by adding both gloss and heft to its sensitive-guy, punk-influenced sound. Easing the Academy lads into their more expansive approach is in-demand producer/performer Butch Walker, who gives each track a sterling sheen, as evinced on the wiry "LAX to O'Hare" and the catchy lead single, "We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands." Although some Academy diehards may be put off by the group's more accessible aesthetic, SANTI shows that a broader palette suits the band just fine.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.77) - "[Their] just-edgy-enough indie punk has an endearing salty sweetness." -- Grade: B
    Alternative Press (p.158) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[G]et a load of the catchy guitar riffs, slick harmonies and arena-sized drumming....It all works..."
    CMJ (p.43) - "[T]he group pairs singer/songwriter William Beckett's emotive lyrics and rousing vocal range with a straightforward rock kapow."
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