Silverstein is a Canadian powerhouse of a band doing what they’ve been doing best for 20 years. The exception to this is current guitarist Paul Rousseau. Rousseau joined the band late in their career but has been there for the most recent albums from the band. This Is How The Wind Shifts and I Am Alive In Everything I Touch are key albums featuring the guitarist. Songs feature the guitarist and even include writing and producing credits along the way. Rousseau has been a known musician of the band, becoming a tech for the band before becoming an official member. Below we’ll rank the 10 Silverstein studio albums released during the band’s career. Over the incredible evolution of the band, we’ll go into details of their releases with our Silverstein Albums Ranked list.
10. Arrivals & Departures
Arrivals & Departures is the album directly after the band’s groundbreaking record Discovering The Waterfront, which truly propelled the band to where they are today. It’s not too unlikely that the album after a record as important as that would be a minor letdown. To say this album is a letdown is not to say this is a bad album in any way. Every Silverstein album has a place of its own and they all define the band in their own way. Arrivals & Departures is a very important album as it was the very first time Silverstein was really heard in a more rock genre than the post-hardcore roots they’re known for.
9. A Beautiful Place To Drown
A Beautiful Place To Drown, is just as much a work of art as the rest of their albums. This album gives off similar styles found in Dead Reflections. Every single being a collaboration struck me the wrong way, giving me a slightly more negative opinion towards the album. Even with songs featuring Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie and Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo I just feel the songs felt a little forced. Just the pressure to listen to this album gave me overall negative opinions of it. Once again though, I must state, all Silverstein albums are worth appreciating.
8. Dead Reflections
Dead Reflections feels like slightly older Silverstein songs when they starting to experiment with some even different sounds. This album feels more like some of their original Short Songs tracks with extended, worked out versions. This album also has the vibe brought on from I Am Alive In Everything I Touch. Something about the speed and overall tone of this album feels very much like This Is How The Wind Shifts.
7. I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
I Am Alive In Everything I Touch keeps the vibe the band reinvented themselves under with the release of This Is How The Wind Shifts with their third overall concept album and second in a row. Silverstein’s first concept album being A Shipwreck In The Sand and their second being This Is How The Wind Shifts. This concept album however splits into chapters detailing North, South, East, and West in theme. Shane Told is already an incredible songwriter so anything conceptual from them is bound me be nothing short of incredible. Shane Told also has a podcast called Lead Singer Syndrome with other lead singers as guests talking to music, personal life and more.
Rescue, in my opinion, is not only the most underrated Silverstein album and most ignored but the first time they truly experimented. The album shows the band experimenting with more pop elements with songs like Darling Harbour. I welcome all genres Silverstein touches upon as I believe they all know how to work around any genre and still incorporate their signature sound. Even the biggest Silverstein fans I know don’t prefer or even listen to it but have no particular reason. For some reason this album, and its accompanying EP don’t get much attention. Regardless of attention this album has gotten, upon release and after, it should be noted how important it is in the band’s career thus earning it’s placement on our Silverstein Albums Ranked list.
5. When Broken Is Easily Fixed
When Broken Is Easily Fixed is the rare, emotional debut album from Silverstein. Known for being one of the first bands to really bring screaming into songs, solidifying the post-hardcore genre with other bands such as Underoath. In my opinion Silverstein still carries elements of this album into all future releases. In order to stay true to their roots, keeping these elements around is a great way to define a band through and through.
4. Discovering The Waterfront
The album loaded with popular Silverstein hits defined the band more than any other release. This album contains the highs and lows of a Silverstein album with aggressive songs like Smile In Your Sleep to the growing heart-crusher that is My Heroine. Every song on Discovering The Waterfront defines a different style of Silverstein. The styles shown here never really went anywhere but really put the band into the exact fitting of post-hardcore that they reside in now, defining them more than any other record. While Silverstein has evolved from this sound, the core of Silverstein delivered on this album is carried with the band always.
3. Short Songs
Short Songs is a very interesting album from the band, featuring both covers and original songs. For each cover on the album, there is an original song as well totally 22 songs with 11 in each style of either cover or original. Each of these songs is from a band bordering the punk genre. These are also songs that inspired Silverstein throughout their career or have another interest to the members but the songs strike importance to them regardless.
Every song on the record between all 22 songs are no longer than 90 seconds each with one original song, Brookfield clocking in at exactly that, 1:30. Songs as short as 0:05 appear on the album as well which is just the most punk thing ever. I can’t imagine there’s many bands that will take the time to record a 5 second song but inspiration is shown in many ways. The high level of originality, even as a partial covers album, earned this song its placement on our Silverstein Albums Ranked list.
2. This Is How The Wind Shifts
A return to sound is ways for Silverstein, This Is How The Wind Shifts saw the return of concept albums for Silverstein with the only one prior to this being A Shipwreck In The Sand, released 8 years apart. This Is How The Wind Shifts features what seems like re-recordings of other songs across the album but in reality the songs are from different perspectives and points of the overall story told within the album. This album really started the current sound, or era, that genre has evolved into now. Aside from the conceptual element of the album, the production and delivery of the songs fits Silverstein’s current artist profile.
1. A Shipwreck In The Sand
The ultimate, and first, concept album from the band immediately displayed the ability of structure that Silverstein possesses. Shown from here to every release after, the band must have gained a certain understanding for themselves because the level of originality and consistency throughout all of Silverstein’s music. This album specifically starts and ends exactly like a story with the first notes of the album leading into the final notes of the last song. Every individual song tells a difference chapter of a man and his crew on a last expedition across Earth.
I may be a little biased with this Silverstein Albums Ranked list but I believe each album deserves to be dissected and appreciated separately but concept albums from the band specifically should be listened to with high interest at least once.