Vacancy [CD]

  • Artist: Bayside
  • SKU: 5444123
  • Release Date: 08/19/2016
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96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (23 out of 24)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Return To Heartbreak Road

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    RyanB
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    I haven't been a Bayside fan that long. Probably about 2-3 years. I came across them on Spotify after a friend's recommendation. The first song that really got me into them was "The Walking Wounded." Since then, I've picked up all their albums and listened to them from front to back numerous times. They're now easily one of my favorite bands. I've played and listened to various punk and rock music throughout the years. So with that preamble out of the way, is the album any good? To that, I give a resounding "YES!" When I first listened to this record after falling in love with "Cult", I felt that it was kind of a let down. At first listen, a lot of the songs felt like filler. "Cult" and "Killing Time" were solid front to back. This felt like "Well, we need to release an album. Let's throw together what we've got so far." The Bayside sound was there, but didn't feel like it reached the heights of previous records. Then I looked into the story behind the writing of the record. And I listened to it again. And again. And again. And then I realized that I had misjudged this record and written it off too soon. For some background, the title "Vacancy" and the accompanying artwork come from pictures of the hotel that lead singer and guitarist Anthony Raneri stayed at in Tennessee while trying to stay closer to his daughter and estranged wife. Working as a metaphor for his newly single status amidst facing down a divorce and the emptiness he felt inside, "Vacancy" (much like the Foo Fighter's album "The Colour And The Shape") is an 11 song journey through the 5 stages of grief. It begins with "Two Letters", a strong opener driven by heavy guitars, Jack O'Shea's signature leads, Nick Ghanbarian's pulsing bass, and Chris Guglielmo's pounding drums. Anthony's lyrics and vocals here are just as biting as ever. From here we follow his path through depression in "I've Been Dead All Day", the anger and division he feels in "Enemy Lines", and disappointment and matter of fact sentiment in "Not Fair." From there we hit "Pretty Vacant", marking the halfway point through his journey of self-deprecation and bitterness and the would-be title track of the record. On the second half of the album, "Rumspringa" seems to be the most pointedly angry song aimed at his ex, while "Mary" waxes nostalgic and offers consolation to those who might not have seen their dreams realized. "Maybe, Tennessee" is the last truly angry song on the record, as Anthony laments the state (literally and figuratively) that he finds himself in. "The Ghost" promotes a sense of longing to be back with his wife, even if only as an element in the background, yet steps it back in "It Doesn't Make It True" stating, "If I want to change, then I've got to work. Just 'cause I say I do doesn't make it true." After the bargaining is over we see him come to accept things as they are in "It's Not As Depressing As It Sounds", a sad and somber plea for both the listener (and perhaps himself) to believe that despite the 10 songs before it, that everything isn't as terrible as it seems. Initially I didn't think this album was as great as I do now. It's definitely more of a "grower", and if you appreciate lyrical meaning and concept albums I think you'll learn to love it a lot more than most. At its core, this is still very much a Bayside album. Anthony Raneri's words and voice are as strong as ever back by Jack O'Shea's impressive guitar work and the synergy of Nick Ghanbarian's technical basslines and Chris Guglielmo's frenetic but never overpowering drumming. If you're a Bayside fan, this album is a must have. There are a lot of down moments, but hey: It's not as depressing as it sounds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bayside Hearkening back to the Walking Wounded

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    Dudecore
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    Honestly, this is probably my least favorite Bayside album. But this is considering that I love Bayside. And Shudder is my favorite, which is subsequently their most pop-punk album. Rumspringa is such a fun song and is definitely my favorite on the album and other songs like Two Letters start the pace out pretty strong, but ultimately Bayside falls too short with the last couple of songs. However, these songs are still good, but feel uninspired. If you miss how Bayside sounded like The Walking Wounded, then this album is for you. If you're looking for a strong Bayside album that holds its own, maybe this is passable without buying as only a couple of songs are worth remembering.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BAYSIDE'S BEST

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    Steelwheelsny
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    Being an avid fan of Bayside for many years I find the maturation and change that this group has taken is not only incredibly insightful but also masterfully executed, especially on Vacancy. Hard Rocking and Soul searching they have joined the ranks of the great groups who deserve the notoriety of the supergroups but have seemed to slip through the cracks. Hopefully the Australian Tour will finally give the exposure so well deserved and create the following necessary to bolster Baysides overall Stature.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great album from Bayside

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    savestheday
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    Before the album was released I re-visited Killing Time and Cult and decided that they could not disappoint with any future releases and upon this albums release I realize that my thinking was justified. This is another great album from Bayside and I thank you Anthony Raneri.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great cd

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    Trigun
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    I love Bayside and always have! Their music is amazing and always helps uplift the room! I love to sing along, and have listened to this album several times and it's great!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid album

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    boom13
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    Bayside delivers another solid effort. Each album has been progressively telling their story and this really sticks it to the bone with the lyrical story telling.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    More of the same

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    JRL1
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    Love Bayside but they don't stray too far from their comfort zone here. Start elsewhere in their discography if you are a first time listener.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good

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    Chris
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    A little bit different than previous records. Definitely branching into other territory on some songs, but still absolutely a Bayside album.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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