Las Vegas-based post-hardcore band Survive This! worked tirelessly for months on debut album The Life You've Chosen, recording demos for more than 20 songs before whittling the track list down to the 11 that made the final cut. The band worked with producer Ronnie Radke from like-minded band Falling in Reverse on the album, which incorporates unexpected pop hooks and electronic elements into the band's soul-baring confessional emo/post-hardcore sound. Tracks like "Coming Clean Takes Heart" and "The Seed" switch styles at the drop of a hat, offering up angry growling vocals and metal breakdowns one moment and string samples or dubstep-influenced electronic production the next. Extremely personal lyrics deal with estranged family relationships, tarnished romance, and, on the empowering title track, fighting through conformity and societal pressures to find an individual voice.
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AllMusic Review by Fred Thomas