In Reverie

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In Reverie
Saves the Day - In Reverie cover.jpg
Studio album by Saves the Day
Released September 16, 2003
Recorded February 2003
Genre Indie rock,[1] melodic punk,[2] pop[3][4][5]
Length 33:55
Label DreamWorks
Producer Rob Schnapf
Saves the Day chronology
Stay What You Are
(2001)Stay What You Are2001
In Reverie
Ups & Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides
(2004)Ups & Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides2004

In Reverie is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Saves the Day. In Reverie was released in mid-September through DreamWorks. Shortly after its release, DreamWorks was absorbed by Interscope Records, resulting in the band being dropped from the label.


In July 2001, Saves the Day released Stay What You Are through Vagrant. The album's first single, "At Your Funeral", became the band's breakthrough hit.[6] The album would go on to sell over 120,000 copies by early 2002.[7] Frontman Chris Conley was, according to Gigwise's David Renshaw, "hailed as a hero with his lyrics about broken hearts and relationships."[6]

Composition and recording[edit]

Comparing the material for In Reverie to that of Stay What You Are, Conley described the songs as being "more harmonically intricate" as well as "more complicated melodically". He called the chords "a lot more complex."[8] "What Went Wrong" is about a kid who is being strip-searched despite having done nothing wrong.[9]

Prior to recording, the group wished to "capture the songs" as best as they could, according to Conley. Conley later revealed that the group created "a record we're proud of".[8]


On June 10, 2003, In Reverie was announced for release.[9] "Anywhere with You" was released to radio on August 12.[10] In Reverie was released through DreamWorks on September 16.[11] A few days later, In Honor: A Compilation to Beat Cancer, a tribute to the band's former bassist Sean McGrath, was released, featuring an In Reverie outtake "Don't Go Outside".[12] DreamWorks was aiming to beat the sales of Stay What You Are.[6] Following the band's biggest headlining show at Ashbury Park to 4,000 people, Conley received a call from the band's A&R person at DreamWorks: "[H]e said, 'None of the programmers at radio are biting at the single, and MTV doesn't want to play the video, so we're going have to start thinking about the next record.' I had a total breakdown. I was like, 'How is this possible? The album just came out!'"[13] A few weeks after In Reverie's release, the label was absorbed by Interscope Records. Shortly afterwards, Saves the Day was dropped from the label.[13]

In March and April 2004, the band went on a co-headlining US tour with Grandaddy, with support from The Fire Theft.[14] Dios opened the first while of the tour, while Hey Mercedes opened the second half.[15] Halfway through it, The Fire Theft dropped off the tour due to their vocalist falling ill.[16] In April 2009, the band was tentatively planning to re-release the album with up to 12 additional tracks.[17] According to Conley, the reissue would've included "Demos and whatnot. 'Zeebs' and 'Sister Sophs' and all that shit, 'Blossom' and what have you. All that. Then more."[18]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[19]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[20]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[21]
Exclaim! Favorable [22]
The Phoenix Favorable [23]
PopMatters Favorable[5] 4/5 stars[24]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[25]
Spin C+[26]

In Reverie is Saves the Day's highest-charting album to date, reaching number 27 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003.[27] The album was a commercial disappointment for the band and would soon change the band's direction in their next two albums Sound the Alarm and Under the Boards.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Chris Conley and all music written by Saves the Day.

  1. "Anywhere with You" – 2:32
  2. "What Went Wrong" – 2:49
  3. "Driving in the Dark" – 3:14
  4. "Rise" – 3:12
  5. "In Reverie" – 2:27
  6. "Morning in the Moonlight" – 1:55
  7. "Monkey" – 3:23
  8. "In My Waking Life" – 2:49
  9. "She" – 2:34
  10. "Where Are You?" – 1:47
  11. "Wednesday the Third" – 3:39
  12. "Tomorrow Too Late" – 3:33
Bonus tracks

Other songs from the In Reverie era[edit]

  • "Coconut": available on many non-US versions of the album and as a download for those who owned the In Reverie CD
  • "Blossom": available as a b-side on vinyl copies of the "Anywhere With You" single and as a download for those who owned the In Reverie CD
  • "Don't Go Outside": available on many non-US versions of the album and also on the compilation In Honor: A Compilation to Beat Cancer. It was available as a download for those who owned the In Reverie CD
  • "Zebra": played live on early 2004 tour
  • "Sister Sophia"


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  20. ^ Blender review
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  26. ^ Spin review
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  • Sciarretto, Amy (Sep 22, 2003). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. 77 (832). 

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