A lot of records start with a slow, stereotypical crescendo that frills and fancies about while the guitars and drums build until it all breaks in one momentous climax. Not Sent By Ravens. No, from the first note of "Prudence," there's enough energy to simulate the climax of every opening track released by a post-hardcore band since "Walls" by labelmates Emery in 2004. A bold statement, maybe, but Mean What You Say can handle the comparison.
From beginning to end, the South Carolina five-piece put on an applause worthy effort, full of energy and attitude. And like most post-hardcore albums, there's an eerily dark tone taunting the listener's expectations. The difference, however, are the lyrics.
"Just settle down / This storm won't last forever / We're built for more than this world / I'm not that strong, honestly I'm not / But you always see the best in me," sings Zach Riner in "Best in Me," the closing track of the album.
Beneath the layer of highly syncopated drum beats and distorted guitar, there's a strong sense of hope. It's hope with a veil of sorrow, given, but it's hope none the less. And it's that hope that makes Mean What You Say a much needed gem.