Anarchy, My Dear

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Anarchy, My Dear
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 13, 2012
GenrePop punk, alternative rock
LabelEqual Vision
ProducerTim O'Heir
Say Anything chronology
Say Anything
Anarchy, My Dear
All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities
Singles from Anarchy, My Dear
  1. "Burn A Miracle"
    Released: December 20, 2011
  2. "Say Anything"
    Released: January 31, 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Sputnikmusic1/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound1.5/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[6]

Anarchy, My Dear is the fifth studio album by American alternative rock band Say Anything. It was released on March 13, 2012 through Equal Vision Records.[7] It is their last album with drummer Coby Linder, who left the band in December 2012.


On July 13, 2011 Max Bemis announced that Say Anything had been signed to Equal Vision Records. They recorded Anarchy, My Dear from August 2011 to the end of September 2011 with ...Is a Real Boy producer, Tim O'Heir. Explaining the album's theme, Bemis said,

Anarchy, My Dear is our first attempt to write a true ‘punk’ record; thematically speaking, it’s a collection of songs about subverting society and destroying the boundaries humankind has placed upon ourselves both physically and in our minds. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the first record we’ve made in years where we had total freedom to explore our ‘edgier’ side and present a raw picture of what the band is truly about onstage.[8]


"We thought we could best represent what the album means by using the symbolism of a burning flag stitched onto an actual flag. The image represents a championing of the ’cause’ of struggling against the rules and regulations that dictate our thinking.”[9]


On December 19, 2011 Say Anything streamed their first single from the album called "Burn a Miracle."[10] The track was officially released the following day to digital music retailers.[11] On January 10, 2012 the album's track listing was revealed.[7]

On February 4, 2012 the band released the second single from the album entitled "Say Anything".[12] The song impacted radio on February 28, 2012.[13] "Overbiter" impacted radio on September 11, 2012.[14]


Anarchy, My Dear polarized critics, but received a 66 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating generally favorable reviews. AbsolutePunk gave the album an 85%, writing that the record promises "anything could happen at anytime, and Bemis and company do their very best to shake up what has been expected from them as a band." Entertainment Weekly was positive, noting that "Like a good long-distance run, Anarchy rewards with bursts of sonic endorphins." Alternative Press complimented Sherri Dupree-Bemis' presence on the album, highlighting her contributions to a "loose, lively, fun record" and awarding the album 3.5 out of 5 stars. In a mixed review, The A.V. Club wrote that Bemis "padded Anarchy with lushness, delicacy, and nuance. The problem is, Bemis' nuance screeches louder than distortion."

Track listing[edit]

1."Burn a Miracle"3:54
2."Say Anything"3:02
3."Night's Song"3:44
4."Admit It Again"4:13
5."So Good"4:29
7."Peace Out"5:17
9."Of Steel"4:10
10."Anarchy, My Dear"5:43
11."The Stephen Hawking"7:39
12."Here's to You, Blue Eyes (Bonus Track)"3:51
Total length:48:28


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  9. ^ "Say Anything detail 'Anarchy, My Dear'". Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  10. ^ "First Spin: Say Anything's Furious 'Burn a Miracle'". 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  11. ^ "Burn A Miracle - Single - Say Anything : Equal Vision Records". 2011-12-20. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
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  13. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. February 28, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  14. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. September 4, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2016.