When I reviewed the first single from the reunited Saosin I went through various emotions from initial excitement, to disappointment, to a whole new perspective. It was always going to be unrealistic to expect a recreation of that early, pioneering sound, but that doesn’t prevent Along the Shadow from being a great record on its own merit. Read my full thoughts at thePunkSite.

Part of me wanted to be transported back to 2003 to relive the excitement of Anthony Green-era Saosin all over again, but that temporary hit of nostalgia would’ve made this record a novelty, or worse a memorial. The pace of the album is understandably slower but the band have crafted a series of excellent songs that benefit from not treading the same worn path.