The Academy Is.'s second album is just as good as the first. "Santi" is just as good as "Almost Home" if not a little better. The Academy Is. is most commonly referenced to other bands to come out of Chicago- one being Fall Out Boy. Although they might be able to be grouped with such bands, comparisons should start rolling in with the more prominent crossover UK bands from the 60's and 70's.
The rock bands that were just a little different. The bands that didn't write songs that were drastically different from everyone else- they just kicked ass. They wrote good songs yes, but they way they recorded them and the way they performed them live just kicked ass. That's The Academy Is. today. "Almost Home" established that, and "Santi" confirms it. The best part about this album- is that these guys are still growing into their own style, and still growing as musicians.
Tracks 1 and 2 are probably the best songs on this album. That's the way it usually is with albums today, but there are some great moments on this album. For instance "Sleeping with Giants (Lifetime)", the song has spastic almost 80's like verses, and then the Chorus turns into this elegant piece that you can't help but nod your head to, and then the solo during the song is awesome.
Mike Carden and William Beckett of The Academy Is. have something going here. They've already established themselves as one of the today's top upcoming bands. "Santi" should help them establish themselves as one of today's top bands.