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  • Audio CD (13 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: 3d Japan
  • ASIN: B00074C4VC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Armor To Sleep
2. Dream To Make Believe
3. All Warm
4. Being Your Walls
5. My Town
6. Wanderers Guild
7. Frost And Front Steps
8. Phantoms Now
9. Raindrops
10. Kind of Perfect
11. Slip Like Space
12. Pointless Forever (bonus track)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. M. Hutchcroft on 26 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard AFS I was a tad sceptical... I'd only heard them from a few mp3s id scoured from the internet of poor quality. But after a few listens I was intrigued. They seemed to be obviously working within the whole 'emo' genre, at least in terms of image and lyrical content, yet after downloading some live videos and later buying DTMB I found this was not the case at all. They're basically an emotional,melodic rock band. Although im not talking indie filth here, the majority of it is distorted, with hard edged guitars and calming,clean chords filling out the space between the (forgive the cliche) heartfelt and soaring melodies.
The one comparison that sprang to mind (for me at least) most of all was Trust Company. Perhaps its just the vocal sound, which has some strange spacey/strong reverb effect throughout, or the anthemic choruses. Despite this however, AFS dont have the same kind of arena like pretensions, nor are they as close to the whole metal side of things. Elements of Dashboard Confessional and more distorted and less British reminders of The Cure can be found throughout also.
The lyrics arent typically emo either, most are pretty obvious love songs and have an emo tinge. One distinctive aspect being that despite the lost, apathetic and loning nature of the lyrics they're in a way very uplifting and beautiful in their simpicity. Within the album lies a concept also. The name Armor For Sleep supposedly represents the moment before you lapse into deep sleep and that feeling of vulnerability within it. It is this idea around which the entire album is based. Personally I dont see it in the main body of the tracks but the instrumental self titled intro (Armor For Sleep) and end track ('Slip Like Space') seem to sum up the band the in the most fitting way.
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By maciej on 28 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
This 11-song album from Armor For Sleep showcases another band partaking in the propagation of the emo movement. And like many of the acts involved with this genre, slight variations have been made to the sound so as to distinguish them from the rest of the pack, but overall things aren't dramatically different. That's not to say that what's here isn't good. This four-piece has a darker style while still keeping a pop structure on much of their material. They do a capable job of combining Hum-like dark space rock with The Get Up Kids-flavored emo-pop. The vocals are reminiscent of John Ralston from Legends of Rodeo, with a plain-spoken, honest delivery, and the lyrics tend to dwell on subjects like time-travel, dreams, and space, which make for an interesting, open-ended take on interpretation. The utilization of hooks and some good lyrics are key and come in at the right places, making Dream To Make Believe a pleasant and refreshing take on a somewhat clogged genre. ~ Kurt Morris Recorded at El Barrio, Van Nuys, California in August 2002. Personnel: Ben Jorgensen (vocals, guitar); P.J. DeCicco (guitar); Ariel Rechtshaid (synthesizer); Nash Breen (drums). Audio Mixers: Chris Fudurich; Ariel Rechtshaid. Recording information: El Barrio, Van Nuys, CA (08/2002); Standard Electrical Recorders, Venice Beach, CA (08/2002). Photographer: Chris Strong. Armor For Sleep: Anthony Dilonno (vocals, guitar); Ben Jorgensen (guitar); Nash Breen (bass); P.J. DeCicco (drums). Alternative Press (8/03, p.90) - 3 out of 5 - "...Consistently a few flights higher on the cerebral staircase than most of his brethren, Jorgensen makes DREAM a meaningful contribution to an already overcrowded genre..."
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
you don't need to dream to make believe you like this album. . 30 Mar. 2005
By adamKS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
after having this album ever since it came out in 2003 and having listened to it so MANY times i've actually worn it out, i have to say this is one of the best emo cd's i've ever heard. i read these reviews of people whining about his nasal/monotone voice. i admit his voice is different but different in a way it relates to the songs and message in the album. the album itself is kind of a sad album which deals with relationships, self-realizations, and being isolated from others. another thing, i don't see how people say the lyrics are unoriginal and lame. how is that! the lyrics are very heartfelt and deep but not deep enough to where people are lost with the message Ben Jorgenson is trying to convey. even though this album is two years old, (and they have a new one out) i still listen to it frequently. this album is good to listen to when your alone, having relationship problems, or when your having trouble with everyday life. also, a good album to listen to when your driving on a rainy night, it just kind of fits that scenario. when i listen to this album i feel like i'm in the middle of a deserted and dark country road at night with trees all around me with snowflakes pelting my face. weird, huh? neways, this album is a superb emo album and if you haven't checked it out, do it....i promise you won't regret it. make sure you also check out their new album "what to do when you're dead". each song goes in order like a story: it all starts with a man who commits suicide in the first song then he realizes he made a mistake and he wants to come back to life but he can't and his feelings of lost relationships and heartache are depicted through all the songs. very deep. it's a little more rock influenced than this album but it is amazing as well. back to this album: if you like dreamy emo music with meaning check this one out. every song is incredible but i would have to say the standouts are "my town", "dream to make believe", "slip like space", "front porch and frostbites", and "the wanderer's guild", and "being your walls". i know i've written a novel here but i think this band is incredible and they make music for the right reasons. just buy their albums and support these guys, they are very down to earth and full of integrity
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
You Need This CD In Your Collection 21 Dec. 2004
By John Doe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, first off, this album is diverse in many ways. Lyrically and Musically it can easily surpass most of the emo bands out there. Each song clearly has been put a 100% effort into. There are no filler tracks on this album, what stands out most are Ben Jorgenson's metaphorical, but straight-forward lyrics. Despite his metaphors he makes it so simple that anyone can understand what he is talking about. Also, knowing that the singer went through all the stuff he writes about just adds to the emotion you feel when you listen to the songs. Heres a review of the tracks individually:

1. Armor For Sleep (n/a): just an instrumental track

2. Dream To Make Believe (9/10): This song is so awesome, its unbelieveable. Ben is talking about him having no friends, so he has to dream to make believe he does. Its a great song on the first listen, but gets old after hearing it multiple times.

3. All Warm (10/10): This song is so catchy. I got goosebumps when he recites "Trust Me I Would Build A World, A World For You"...personally I would prefer the demo version of this song, but thats just IMO.

4. Being Your Walls (9.5/10): Another great song that is incredibly catchy. Has a great bass line in the verse. Again I prefer the demo version of this song over the CD version.

5. My Town (10/10): Now this is the song that got me into Armor For Sleep! This song IMO is the catchiest soong on the album. Also to add, the music video of this song is fantastic!

6. The Wanderer's Guild (10/10): Great chorus "Listen I'm fine now...I dont want to talk right now thank you for your concern"...I think this song is about being upstairs when the party is downstairs, and having a friend try to cheer you up, but you are just not in the mood.

7. Frost And Front Steps (9/10): Again the lyrics in this song are amazing, not to mention great guitar and bass. This song, I think, is about choosing if you want to leave the party and your friends or not to.

8. Phantoms Now (8/10): This song is great, but I dont think it can compete with the rest of the cd, it just come up short. Also i dont really understand the intent of the song, although the music is really good.

9. Raindrops (8.5/10): Again like Phantoms Now this song is great but it is just not good enough competing against the rest of the CD. The lyrics are genius and the chorus is super catchy.

10. Kinf Of Perfect (9/10): Incredible. A perfect example of Ben Jorgenson's subtle emotion he shows. The lyrics once again are great.

11. Slip Like Space (10/10): Definetely one of the stand-out tracks on the CD. The demo version of this song is spectacular. The tone, mood, and feeling of this song gives me the chills. "This planet wasnt made for me, all of you live so easy, I lay outside and up I stare, my home is in the void up there". It's breathtaking.

Overall, you NEED this CD in your collection if your a fan of soft emotional music. Don't hesitate to buy. Do it now! You will not regret it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sheer Bliss 15 Jan. 2004
By deyna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Armor for Sleep is one of those few bands that catch your attention from beginning to end. I first got the CD with not much to look forward to; I basically just needed something to listen to in the car and I had remembered a friend telling me about them. I am so grateful that my friend mentioned their name, because this album is truely amazing.
Starting off with a soothing yet capturing intro, you can tell that the rest of the experience will be full of raw emotion. Armor isn't the type of band that screams "i hate the world! everything just sucks!" like any other typical "emo" band. They have more of a mellow sound, and when you listen to it, you almost feel bad for the boys. It's a really easy album to relate to; my personal favourites are Frost and Front Steps and Slip like Space. Each portray the feelings when someone doesn't really feel accepted. This being my example, AFS has a way of connecting with the listeners by singing about true emotions, not just how it feels to make love for the first time or the biggest break up of your life.
The music itself is pretty well done, considering this was the first album ever produced by AFS. The band has collaborated tight riffs with a rougher feel in almost every song, but it really stands out in All Warm and Frost and Front Steps. The drums play a big part as well, adding to the intensity in songs such as Being Your Walls and My Town. Ben's voice adds a definite part in the music, not nessicarily giving off a whining sound, but more of a passionate feel. You can tell right off the bat that he's singing with his soul, not just his vocal chords.
Armor for Sleep is a real band, not wanting attention for their good looks, but just hoping that someone will be able to sympathize with them on how it feels to grow up and become what you never wanted to be. And I think that the one goal a band should have is to connect with the audience on a personal level, which is exactly what these guys did on this album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You won't have to make believe to like this band... 2 Oct. 2003
By Bryan Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This band had been stirring up some buzz in the underground indy scene for a while before even releasing this album. So "Dream to make believe" was a long awaited sigh of relief when it came out for their fans. Each song on this album is very catchy and can stick inside of your mind for days if you listen just a few times. The lyrics are emotional and mostly deal with dreaming and the things that go on inside them, sometimes they are eery and sometimes they are outgoing. The guitar riffs are crunchy and melodic with a great deal of perfectly placed accents. Stand out tracks are "Dream to make believe" "All warm" and "My town". This album is a must for fans of : Thursday, Coheed and Cambria, and Mae.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good Dreams 2 Dec. 2005
By Benjamin Moureau-lucadamo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Full of great melodies, lyrics about sleeping/dreaming (my favorite
past time activities), and Ben Jorgenson's voice. Heavily influenced
by the third wave emo sound (Sunny Day Real Estate for instance). I believe this album out does What to do When You are Dead, in almost every way (though I still love the new album). The songs are more meaningful, and Ben's voice works perfectly with the tone and mood of the album. The highlights of the album are Armor For Sleep/Dream to Make Believe, Wanderers Guild, My Town (I used to love to run through my town and scare kids), and Slip Like Space.
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