In Search of Solid Ground
The days of praying for Saosin to even think about reverting to their Translating the Name era sound is long gone, leaving what feels like the afterbirth of their 2006 self-titled release. Although sonically dissonant transients and uncharacteristically grimy guitars start cutting through in some of the more mature tracks, their normally fire-breathing riffs feel a tad stale. despite the exceedingly heavy production from notable producers (Walker, Feldmen), it works to their benefit in songs like “Say Goodbye” as its outro uniquely encompasses layered ambient vocals, distorted drum samples and Rhodes keys. With Reber’s vocal delivery existing as a virtual carbon copy of their last LP, In Search is an excess of formulaic songs and a lack of substance and this record comes off uninspiring at best.