The Academy Is…, ‘Santi’ (Fueled By Ramen)
Ah, the career makeover. It’s always a risky move, especially when you’re onto something that doesn’t really need improving. Unfortunately, the follow up to this beloved emo troop’s outstanding 2005 debut ditches the band’s instantly memorable hooks and embraces a new group of apparent idols. There are awkward attempts at the strutting pomp rock of Queen (“Neighbors”), the pop reggae of the Police (“Seed”), and the wardrobe of the Strokes. Next time, fellas, maybe just stick to the leather blazers, because there’s not much else here that’s working for you.