Monday, April 30, 2012

Toys In The Attic - Aerosmith

This is my first Aerosmith review. This is their third album released this month in 1975. This is like Aerosmith's classic album. When I was in 8th grade they were my favorite band. I bought all their CDs, I still need all their live albums, minus Live! Bootleg, a few compliations, and the boxsets, minus Pandora's Box. These guys lost their position as my favorite after I gave into The Beatles. Now this is one of my favorite albums and I suggest anyone to listen to it. But it's not going into the "Albums To Hear Before You Die" because it is a commonly known album. I guess theses guys used a 16-track tape recorder for this album. I do think that this is well... Here
  1. Toys in the Attic: This song has this like arpeggio riff in there. The vocals of Tyler and Perry are super close on this track. They almost sound like someone singing. The chorus to the song has that arpeggio thing that is in the intro. All the instrumentation in the song is clear and audible. You can pick out each instrument. This song is such a good tone setter for this album. I love the, what I assume, picked bass "thump, thump, thump, thump". The way it sounds is awesome. And I also love that the song fades on this track.
  2. Uncle Salty: This song is about sex abuse. Uncle Salty sexually abused this girl so then that led to a life of prostitution for her. I love how this song is so mellow. The guitar in this song is also very cool sounding. Don't quote me, but I think that Joe used a 12 string guitar on this song. This is a very clear song too. This whole album is clear. There song ends with the two channels alternating and repeating the chorus to the fade. The bass in this song is also really cool sounding. I love the guitars distortion on this song.
  3. Adam's Apple: This song is Ok. I'm not obsessed with this song. I think that this song is really catchy, but it just hasn't hit me like all the other songs on this album. This song is all about Adam and Eve. There are horns on this song, which I think is kind of cool, but like I said I'm not huge on this track.
  4. Walk this Way: This bitch is like 3:41 minutes of sickness. This song has a very distinct riff, along with the rest of the songs on this album. But the thing about this is that they out did themselves with this song. I love that the album was called Toys in the Attic and not Walk this Way. If it did it would have ruined the surprise of this song. The drum beat comes in and a measure late the guitar comes in. The blues feel to this song still appeals to me. For the most part blues bugs the crap out of me, but some Aerosmith doesn't. Especially their '70s stuff. The solo in this song is super cool and easy to remember. This is the classic Aerosmith that everyone should know. I know that this is a song everyone knows, but there are more good songs like this one.
  5. Big Ten Inch Record: The legend in this song is "Suck on my Big Ten Inch, Record". And Steven says that he said "sept on my big ten inch record". I didn't even realize that it sounded like suck until I read that. So I'm on your side Steven. Realistically this was a filler. It's not a bad filler, but I don't think that it has ever been my favorite song on this album. This song does have this 50's honky tonk dance feel to it. I don't know if that was the correct term to use, but that's what I think. This is defiantly a song that I could see people dancing to. It is also a cover.
  6. Sweet Emotion: This song has a super well known bass intro to the song. I remember being obsessed with this song. I love the bass part of the song. It is like the build up to the song. The way they sing the long held out "Sweet Emotion" in the beginning of the song gives me chills. The crunch of the guitar makes me crazy. I honestly think that this is their best written song on this album. It's not my favorite, one of them, but I think it's their best. The one thing that I am not a crazy about, but it also might have ruined the song, is that it is hard to hear the drums and bass when it does the little bridge between each verse. The verse before the solo has triangle in it. And it sounds really good. How cool is that. The solo on this song has tons of wah-wah on it. That makes it sound really cool and I love the way it sounds. And it has the solo to the fade
  7. No More No More: This is a nice peaceful song to be a bridge between the awesome Sweet Emotion and the scary Round And Round. This sounds like it could be a song at a wedding. In a way, if you think about it for a little bit. This is probably one of the prettiest and upbeat songs on the album. There is a lot more piano in this song than some others. This song actually kind of reminds me a little of the 1977 title track off Draw the Line.
  8. Round And Round: This is easily the heaviest song on the album and the way the vocals are distorted could almost be scary. The way they say round and round and round give you a feel of going around in a circle. The solo also continues the feel of that idea. Jack Douglas did a good job at giving it that feeling. This song also seems like more compressed in a way. It is one of the scarcest Aerosmith songs that I have ever heard. But if you think about it Brad had a way of writing some of the more dark sounding Aerosmith songs. This song is still fading up until the next song starts.
  9. You See Me Crying: This is the ballad on the album. Like Seasons of Wither, Home Tonight, and Mia. This is more like Mia in the fact that it is more piano based. This is a pretty positive song, but it is also more sad. The chrous on this song is actually pretty sad. It bugs me that they don't have the personal who did the string on the album. The strings are very pretty on this song and it would be nice to see who did them. This is a good feel of a classic ballad by this band. I love this song and this whole entire album.
This is overall a kick ass album. This is a fucking 9/10. I love this thing and I know you will to. A ton of Aerosmith classics are on this album. I love this thing, there is a lot of good song writing on this. I definatly agree that this is a classic album, and that it is also an album that helped shape rock n roll. One thing that does piss me off though is that they didn't credit the people who played horns. But besides that I think that you should check this out if you haven't already. Trust me, it's worth it.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Slim Shady Ep - Eminem

This is the the second non-self release that was rapper Eminem. Does that make any sense to you? Yeah I'll explain it better. This is the Ep released following his 1996 debut album Infinite. He did have some self released Eps, but this is his 2nd release that he did not self release. Well any way, this is where Shady came from. On Infinite he didn't have any of the Slim references on it, and it is actually completely different from all of his other albums, at least that I've heard. I have heard all of his solo albums from Infinite to Recovery. That's a Not Afraid reference.
  1. Intro (Slim Shady): This sets the tone of the album. It has Eminem having a breakdown. He is arguing with his evil personality Slim Shady. This has the Slim voice super deep. I think that he had the voice of Slim Shady talking to him in a deep voice on one of the songs off 2009's Relapse.
  2. Low Down, Dirty: This song kind of reminds me, since I've heard other music like this lately, Atmosphere. This song is really cool, and I think that this song is a good flow. This beat is solid and he does a good job on this song. This is, in my opinion, the true Marshall. This is him before he was Ken Kaniff or Evil or anything else. This was when he was Eminem. I don't think that this isn't an awesome song, I actually love it. This has a sad story. Listen to the lyrics on it, and it seems like you have sympathy for what this character when through. I love though that he uses imagery to "scare" you.
  3. If I Had...: This song continues the idea of the horrorcore theme to the album. This has a good beat and a good flow. I love that this song is titled If I Had.... I think that's awesome he has like a list of things. It seems like this is from the heart of either him or the character he plays on the Ep.
  4. Just Don't Give A Fuck: This song is also on 1999's Slim Shady LP. I think the Bill Cosby impression in the beginning of the song is pretty fun. This song has really cool words on it. This is really cool, and I think that it's awesome that I am not aware of any other white horrorcore artists. He kills this song, he mentions tons of stuff like Rage Against The Machine and has other raps that would be, from what I understand, free style.
  5. Mommy: This is like an interlude on the album. It sounds like someone is hiding in bushes or something and they are just coming home. This is actually a really cool intro to the next song. This could also be Eminem having the body and loading it into a car. Then going inside his house to get his daughter.
  6. Just The Two of Us: This song was re-titled and rerecorded as '97 Bonnie & Clyde. This song is really cool because it explain the story of the album cover on the Slim Shady LP. I like this version a little bit more. The reasons is because it isn't a "produced". And there is also the sound of crickets in the background. This song is kind of scary if you haven't heard anything like this before. This song is definitely more twisted than any Gravediggaz song that I've heard.
  7. No One's Iller (Feat. Swifty, Bizarre & Fuzz): Swifty, Bizzare and Fuzz kill this song. They say part of the chorus in the song Murder, Murder, which is the next track This song kind of reminds me or a more Wu-Tang Clan on Enter the Wu-Tang. It sounds like they are taking turns on this song. Actually it kind of reminds me of Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' Ta F'Wit, like the way that they all take turns. But it also kind of reminds me of them trying to out rap each other. This sounds like it was really fun to do, and you can tell that Odd Future was influenced by music like this. Listen to the new songs Oldie off The OF Tape Vol. 2 that came out the past March. I did a review for that album in March, 2012.
  8. Murder, Murder: This song is so fucking good. This is my favorite song on this Ep and probably one of my favorite Eminem songs that I have ever heard. I'm in no way exaggerating that statement. He samples Paul Simon's 1975 #1 Hit single 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover. I love that song and he uses the best part of the song, the part where drums roll and the instrumentation of the versus on the song. This song also tells a pretty sad story, if you listen to the words. It talks about this guy having to rob Taco Bell, but instead leaves and tries to rob more money, and the story of how he is on the run from the cops. They used a siren sample and car screech on the song. They also have a record scratches on the song. But in the end he gets caught. I love the catchiness of the song, and also the story.
  9. If I Had... [Radio Edit]: There isn't really that much going on. It's the exact same song and take as earlier on the Ep. The only difference is that they censor the swears.
  10. Just Don't Give A F@!; [Radio Edit]: Same story on this one as on track 9. They cut sped up the part where he swears on the song.
Overall I have to give this a 9/10. I love this thing, and I think you might to. I love that this is the EP and think that enough people don't know about it. I think that this is 100 times better than anything after Marshall Mathers LP. I do like some songs after that, but not all of them. I think you should check this out. Oh yeah, his voice is a lot higher than on Marshall Mathers LP and a little deeper than on Infinite.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Now that some of the hatred has healed up, a little bit, I feel that I can give a review of this "piece of shit". That's actually my exact quotes, but I hope that doesn't ruin the review already for you. I can't stand these guys, especially Keidas. Just look up what he did to a band called Mr. Bungle, trust me, you will lose all respect for him. If that doesn't help you to dislike that cunt, then look up him sueing the show Californication because of the name. Well here's the review....
  1. Across the World: After about 50 listens, to try to mend the hate, this song isn't as bad as it was. The beginning instrumentation is pretty cool, until it goes into the guitar "riff"? Does that make sense. I don't hate this song as much as I used to, but I don't love it. It is probably the best song on the album. But this song isn't really grab my attention after the first chorus.
  2. Parallel Universe: This beginning of this song isn't that bad. But with cock suckers voice it harms the song. This song isn't terrible, it just doesn't impress me. I feel like they aren't good. Here, in the words of Nick Carraway, John "Your worth the whole damn bunch of them"
  3. Scar Tissue: This song isn't kind of poorly executed. It's just I don't really think they are good at all. They can't grab my attention. The only reason I am listening to this is to say that I've heard a whole album and so I can review this album. This song is a hit, but it's more of a miss for me.
  4. Otherside: This song isn't terrible. Assholeny really hurts the songs on this for me. His voice sounds like me, but if I had a seizure. He mentions slitting his throat, is this a true story, if so, why wasn't it effective.
  5. Get on Top: This song isn't very good. I don't thing that the song is put together well. They could have made this into a good song, but this is obviously a filler.
  6. Californication: This song is another song that is decent, it's just that the band sucks and can't preform good. They killed this song, and you could never fix that.
  7. Easily: This is easily a song where he sounds drunk. FUCK THIS IS A 4 MINUTE SONG! This song isn't very good because it is too repetitive and it didn't grab my attention the first time through. I do kind of like the solo though. I feel like it fits, and I think its cool how there are like three solos going on at once. 
  8. Porcelain: This is why they can't leave funk metal. Period, so they should break up.
  9. Emit Remmus: Just listen to this one. I suggest you bring a noose, in case you know... you want to keep your dignity.
  10. I Like Dirt: You would mother fucker. This song sounds like an outtake from Blood Sugar Sex Magik. And yes, I am decent'y knowledgeable on these fucks. I wouldn't talk down about them if I hadn't heard a bunch of songs on each album, and know information about them. I'm no genius but I am more knowledgeable than anyone I'm aware of that goes to my school
  11. This Velvet Glove: I wonder what this is about. This almost sounds like the acoustic guitar in the background was a sample from Crazy On You off the 1976 debut album Dreamboat Annie by Heart. I feel like he does this to himself.
  12. Savior: He I didn't know it was Christmas. I wonder if Santa brought Assholeny a new voice. Nope. The ending is kind of ok. It reminds me of western.
  13. Purple Stain: Purple Shit Stain? This seriously sounds like a revamped version of Around The World but with different tempo and lyrics.
  14. Right On Time: For some reason this sounds like it could have been a different version of Californication. Like the title track. I might be crazy but that what it reminds me of. Terrible bass solo.
  15. Road Trippin': This song is decent. But his voice isn't one to sing. I don't think that he should sing. He doesn't put his heart into his terrible voice. I like that Lil B can't sing, but he doesn't give two shits and doesn't care. I began to tear up at I Love You off the 2 hour long God's Father mixtape, I'm in the middle of reviewing it. (I want to do a good job #because it's at least a 9). This song could have been so much better with out his Keidass's voice.
Overall I'm a dick. I can't take these guys seriously. But These guys are jerks, minus John. They just want more money and don't deserve a spot in the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame. They have used the same formula for song writing, except for I'm With You, from what I understand, for the last year or two short of 30 years. That's not good. The sad thing is that that formula isn't a very good one. There is no reason for them to still be around. They are the only funk metal band that I am aware of at the moment still together, and the only funk metal band still performing, including new bands. I haven't ever heard a funk metal band that formed in the 2000's. They do leave the funk shit a little on this one, but they sitll have that funk presence because of FleaFucksHimself there on bass. This mother fucker gets a 4/10. I didn't like it, I couldn't really pay attention, and I won't probably ever return to this piece of poop. Remember, this is my review, and my voicing of my views. MY VIEWS, NOT YOURS. so don't complain if you see this and you don't agree. Just state why you disagree and I'll consider it. Ok here I might gain respect for them if Keidas and Flea fuck eachother, get AIDS and die a horible death. Then they get replaced, and the bass player doesn't play like Flea and the sing doesn't sing like Assholeny.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

This is an album by Kanye. I kind of remember when this came out. I remember thinking that the album cover was too stupid to be censored and that he music have been very cocky and selfish to make an album cover like this. I don't have a problem with controversial album art, but I just thought that this one was ignorant. For what ever reason that affected me to not want to listen to this.
  1. Dark Fantasy: This song starts out with like a prologue to a child's story. A British girl is saying things that kind of remind me of Dr. Seuss. Then there is like a choir of auto tune that actually sounds pretty cool. Then Kanye begins to rap. I think that the beat on this is actually pretty cool. The chorus of the song is like the auto tune part. I think that he actually does a good job at this flow. YES an Urkel reference. This is a good way to start off the album and I hope for this kind of enjoyment out of this for the rest of the album. This actually also kind of reminds me of the song that just came out by the band Fun. called We Are Young. {8/10}
  2. Gorgeous: This song has Raekwon and Kid CuDi guest featuring on it. This song is also pretty cool. I think that the way this sounds it kind of reminds me of Wu-Tang Clan. I know that this is better than the songs that I heard off the hip hop collectives 1997 sophomore album Wu-Tang Forever. {8/10}
  3. POWER: Oh Fuck this song is sick. He samples the first track, 21st Century Schizoid Man, off King Crimson's 1969 debut masterpiece In The Court Of The Crimson King. That is one of my favorite albums of all time. This song is exactly what it's called, Power! This song is super cool and pumps you up, a lot. Another thing is that at the end there is someone who is singing and it sounds like Frank Ocean to me. This is really cool and so far into this album I wan't to buy this album on vinyl and cd. You won't believe me if you don't hear this song. You got to laugh when it says "This will be a beautiful death" and then the backing vocals go "jumping out the window". That only shows how cocky Yeezy is. I mean seriously, would anyone care if he killed himself, besides himself.{9/10}
  4. All Of The Lights (Interlude): This is like an powerful song. I feel like it is going to build up into something big. I hope that it will be as big as POWER or any other song thus far.
  5. All Of The Lights: This song features Kid CuDi and Rihanna. I think that Rhy Dowg really hurts this song for me. She bugs me a lot, the beat is ok on this, but it isn't as big as I wanted it to be. I like CuDi on this song. His part is really cool and I think that he does a good job. Rihanna's part is kind of obnoxious. The way her voice is done bugs me and it kind of hurts the power of this song for me.
  6. Monster: This song features Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and I was very surprised when I saw this guy, Bon Iver. This song really is like a rap battle. I don't think that this song is that amazing. Probably because Wu-Tang Clan set the bar for rap battle sounds on an album with Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The lyrics on this mention a pharaoh, I don't really like that, but whatever. I was hoping that I would like this song a lot more than I did. I mean this song isn't bad, but I don't think that its what I wanted it to be. And Nicki kind of hurt the song for me a little. She actually hurt the song more than Rihanna did on the last song. This is one of the better tracks. {7/10}
  7. So Appalled: This song features artists including Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Swizz Beatz & The RZA. This song very much so let me down. I don't really like this song and it kind of drags on. The lyrics and the beat aren't that good. This is actually something that I could see OFWGKTA doing. Sorry.... but Kanye is a lot bigger than them. Don't you think that he should do a better song than Odd Future. The beat, for me, is so plain that I focused on the lyrics for this one. The lyrics aren't ever that amazing. I didn't really like this song {5/10}
  8. Devil In A New Dress: Rick Ross was featured on this song. I think that this is has second appearance on this album. This song is pretty ite. I don't hate it or can't stand it. I actually think that this song is ok and decent. But as I said earlier, this has kind of been a let down since after track 4. The one thing that kind of saves this track for me though is the fact that it kind of reminds me of Marvin Gaye. There is also a crackle in the background that probably gives it a Marvin Gaye vibe to it.{8/10}
  9. Runaway: This is the only song to have Pusha T on it. This song sounds pretty cool. But the lyrics are pretty much like douche bag party. It seems like they are celebrating being ass holes. I don't really have respect for the fact that he did this. Maybe if Justin Timberlake did this it would be funnier. But since Kanye, who is a notorious dick, it doesn't work for me. I mean I like the song a lot, outside of the lyrics. There is like a 30 minute music video/short film for this song. I really do like this song. The beat on this track and everything is pretty cool to. There is an over 3 minute outro of basically the exact same thing. {8/10}
  10. Hell Of A Life: The way this song is, it kind of sounds like Heartless. I know it's a strech, but the way the song is set up. The instrumentation sounds like he sampled The Black Keys, what I would want to say, Gold On The Ceiling. I might be wrong, mainly because that song didn't come out until just over one year later. There is a like solo in there that actually sounds pretty cool. Then there is a part where it reminds me of The Weeknd.
  11. Blame Game: This song features John Legend. This song reminds me of the song Airplanes by B.o.B. and I think that's a catchy song, but I don't love it. I think that they did a good job on this but I feel like this isn't something that I haven't heard before in my life. {7/10}
  12. Lost In The World: This is the second song to have Bon Iver on it. There is a heavily auto tuned barbershop quartet sounding vocals in it. Then the beat comes in. This song is better than the last few tracks. This isn't that amazing but it's still better than So Appalled. When he starts rapping its ok. There is like an African drum beat leading to the end. This song isn't anything POWER or Dark Fantasy like, but more Gorgeous. I still like this, but I don't love it. {7.2/10}
  13. Who Will Survive In America: This song is actually pretty cool. It is supposed to be like telling what is what. Whatever, I don't necessarily agree with what is being said, but if you don't listen to the words then it sounds ok.
Overall I have to give this a 6.6/10. The first couple tracks were awesome. The thing about it though is that it just went downhill from All Of The Lights. It kind of hurts to think that I was willing to buy this on vinyl. I still want the CD for my collection, but I don't like it as much as I though. And the thing too is that it just feels terrible to hear this whole entire thing. The last like 10 tracks aren't that good, and they are the longer tracks.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blunderbuss - Jack White

This is the debut album by blues/garage rock giant Jack White. He was on of the two members of the now defunct White Stripes from 1998-2011. He is also a part of The Raconteurs since '05 and Dead Weather since '09. This album is set for release on April 24th, 2012. That is the same day as the debut album I'm looking forward The Money Store by Death Grips. This has had a lot of hype and I am going to review this bitch. In the end all I know for sure is that I will still want this for my CD/Vinyl collections. Oh yeah, one last thing, I heard this on
  1. Missing Pieces: This song starts out the album. This kind of gives me a White Stripes vibe, but with more going on. This seems like more of a White Stripes/Raconteurs mix up. I really like the keys on this song. It gives it this warm welcoming feel to it. The solo in this song is also awesome in it. This is a good intro to the album.
  2. Sixteen Saltines: This sounds like Salute Your Solution. Seriously I could see this being one of the AC/DC style songs off the Back In Black album. On that one they reused the same riff, just different time signatures and beats. But the way this is sung sounds like it to. This song is pretty solid, but it kinda hurts that the solo in the song even kind of reminds me of it.
  3. Freedom at 21: I found out about this song via Rock It Out Blog! And I wasn't sure what to think. That's a weird name for a song, especially a blues/garage rock song. This song starts out pretty cool.The drums are awesome. They make this song sick. I personally think if not for the drums this wouldn't be as good. An example of a song that was kind of made by the drums is 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover off Paul Simon's 1975 Grammy Award Winning album Still Crazy After All These Years. Because of the drums and beat it makes Jack sing a little faster, which sounds sick. I think that the solo sounds like any other solo. It isn't bad, but it isn't anything that sticks out to much.
  4. Love Interruption: This song is a duet with a female singer. This has more of a folk feel to it. I could see Paul Simon singing this song, minus the lyrics. This is a solid song. There are like oboes and keys on this song accompanying it. This song is really cool. {8/10}
  5. Blunderbuss: For the title track I don't really like this song. It has this bluegrass country feel. I could see this being a White Stripes song, but at the same time I couldn't. If you minus the instrumental parts and focus on the verses that's what I meant by being a Stripes song, but not.
  6. Hypocritical Kiss: This my friend is a White Stripes song that people probably want. This isn't that bad of a song. Anyone who likes the Stripes will like this song.
  7. Weep Themselves to Sleep: This is like a new take on some type of White Stripes/Raconteurs song. I don't think that this is anything that I haven't really already heard before.
  8. I'm Shakin': This song reminds me of a mix of soul backing vocals and a song off Broken Boy Soldiers. This song isn't bad, I don't love it, but I think that it's kind cool. It gives me this other kind of feel of something off possibly the 1999 self titled White Stripes album, or 2002's
  9. Trash Tong Talker: There is like a drum roll in the beginning. When the vocals come in this goes into a total White Stripes song off Icky Thump. But the only thing is that there is a piano solo in the song. This is a fun song.
  10. Hip (Enoymous) Poor Boy: The very beginning of this song, for some reason, reminded me of Teardrops On My Guitar. Only the beginning, the rest of the song reminds me of like a 70's song.
  11. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep: This song has this skiffle feel to it. I could see this being a traditional rendition of folk song. This sounds like it would be really fun to play. It also has this type of western feel to it.
  12. On and On and On: Twang...... NO!!!! This song isn't bad, but it seems like a filler. This isn't bad, but I don't really like twang, it hurt Tonight The World Dies by Avenged off 2010's Nightmare for a while for me.
  13. Take Me with You When You Go: This kind of feels like a continuation of On and On and On. This has this like '70s feel to it almost. It isn't half bad. And it has some pretty cool keyboard fills. The the song picks up and it gets heavier. It is kind of, in a way, like his Stairway on this album. They don't sound at all like, but that is so it helps you get the idea. This is a good song. This is a good way to finish up this
Overall this gets a 7.4/10. I have to give it to Jack. He wrote some damn good songs. Thought I'm not as huge on them as I wanted to be, that doesn't make them bad. Sorry this is so short, its just I wanted to also do other reviews today, for later dates to update. I don't think I'll return to this, with the exception of tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, and maybe 13. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny - Mr. Bungle

This is the first demo album by my 3rd favorite band Mr. Bungle. This was released around this time in 1986, so why not review it now. I was obsessed with this band last summer. I still love these guys, and they helped me so much in my taste in music. I know that this, being a demo, is a little different from most things that I review, but this is special. They released it and it wasn't released as a bootleg, so it goes on this blog. Now I have to do this fast, so I won't put a ton of background info in this one but I'll still put some.Bungle is an avant-garde metal band from the 80's hailing from Eureka, California. The members, at the time, consisted of Trevor Dunn bass, Mike Patton vocals, Trey Sprence guitar, and Jed Watts as the drummer. They all did more than just than on this demo but that was their main instruments. This was released on a cassette demo and was mixed by Trey. I NEED THIS ON CASSETTE!!!!!
  1. Grizzly Adams: This is an instrumental intro to the album. The first time I heard this song I thought that it was weird because I thought that this was so different from anything else that I heard off any other release. I knew that they had variation, but this song has this overall depressing, rainy day feel to it. This song kind of makes me feel down, so to say. It isn't the funny sarcastic Bungle, but more of a sad. It is a sole guitar doing arpeggios that sad thing. It's kind of hard to tell if someone else was playing along or not, but it is a sad intro to this mix tape. After a little bit in the song, like at the end, all the instruments come in and play one last like verse of the song.
  2. Anarchy Up Your Anus: This is a good example of the "death metal" I was talking about. Mike had in the past said that this was death metal. The quality on this isn't very good. There is a spoken word going along with the guitar. Everything kind of sounds muddy. The screech in the beginning sounds super far way. This is like a punk feel to the chorus of the song. This song kind of sounds like something that would be off Slayer's 1983 debut album Show No Mercy.
  3. Spreading the Thighs of Death: This continues that death metal thing. It is hard to understand what Mike is saying and to hear the bass on this track. There is like, what sounds like a solo on guitar, but sounds like there is electronics in there to. I know that in the credits Trey is credited guitar, backing vocal, trumpet, video games, and vocals on track 4. So that might have something to do with that. This 
  4. Hypocrites: This is the track where everything is mixed up. Trey does vocals, Mike plays bass, and Trevor plays guitar. This song has more of a party feel. It still has that metal feel to it but it feel poppy. Trey's vocals kind of remind me of Boredoms. They put La Cucaracha on this. This song is more of a classic Bungle genre shifting song. When they say the title of the songs it has this reggae feel to it. Mike gets a little bass riff in here. This song is actually fun to listen to, and I think that they covered the Pink Panther theme song, and also  La Cucaracha. Like during the solo of the song.
  5. Bungle Grind: This is back to the metal sound of this. This really kind of reminds me of a low quality, muddy sounding, Slayer album. Like seriously, this kind of reminds me of the 1986 Raining Blood album. This also has that video game sounding solo in it. You can hear Mike blowing the train whistle on this song.
  6. Raping Your Mind: This song is just like the other songs on this. This is fast, mixed together and not good quality. I think that it is an ok song. This isn't the best song on this but its not terrible.
  7. Evil Satan: This is a fun song. It is kind of silly, and more upbeat than the other songs on this, excluding Hypocrites. This song is also on their 1987 demo Bowel of Chiley. There is train horn on this song and trumpet. This is a really fun song,  There is a bongo intro that is backed up by bass. This is just a really cartoonish fun song. This is really silly but it's so good. This is my favorite song on this, and it's super hard to get out of my head. I can't understand what he's saying, but it doesn't matter. This song is still really good.
  8. Sudden Death: This is the last song on this and it still reminds me of Slayer. This song is in the same line of songs that I feel Raping Your Mind is in. I don't think that it's amazing, but I like it.
Overall I give this a 7.9/10. This isn't Bungle's biggest and best release, though it's not bad, but it's different. All of their albums are different from each other, and so are all the songs on each album. The thing that's cool about this is that it shows where Bungle started out. They had more of a death metal feel on this album. I don't think that you NEED to check this out, but if you check out Bungle this is a definite thing to listen to, along with everything else they did.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

This is the second studio album by pop singer Katy Perry under the name Katy Perry. Her first ever album was self titled under her birth name Katy Hudson released in 2001. And that it was christian/gospel music instead of pop music we know her for. I think that some of her music is actually pretty decent. Now the reason I picked Teenage Dream is because this has songs that I know off the top of my head. There are more songs on this one I know than on One of the Boys. My little sister actually has the clean version of this album. Another reason I have to review this is because I heard Part of Me, Firework, and The One That Got Away on the radio today. Also how could you not love the album cover. I would put the list of producers, but there is a shit load, 10.
  1. Teenage Dream: This is the title track and it is a song I'm not huge on. I don't really like this song that much. I didn't like the video for the song, and I didn't really like the song. The song just kind of bugs me and kind of annoying to me.
  2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.): This song is another single from the album, and another music video. The video for this was actually pretty neat. The reason was because it kind of reminded me of a mini movie. Like Thriller, this was an interesting longer video. Lady Gaga's music videos are in no way artsy and they don't make sense. There isn't any "You don't look deep enough" it's just for attention. People that think they are insightful aren't and they don't know anything about art. I'm no artistic mastermind or even understand some art, but I know that people try to be different. Don't try to be anything, just be the way you are. Back to this song, I think that this is actually a pretty good song. I think that this is also a fun song.
  3. California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg): I remember when this song came out. I remember, like every healthy teenage boy, Loving the music video. Katy defiantly knows how to get attention. This video, beside her, is actually not terrible. It's kind of funny, in a way. Well any way, this song is pretty catchy. I like that 
  4. Firework: This is another songs that I'm not huge on. I know that it's a single, and they are supposed to be the best songs on the album, but I don't think that it's that great.
  5. Peacock: This song reminds me of Mickey by Toni Basil. I think that this song is very much so a song that I could see being a cheer. One that a friendly cheerleader would sing to you, right before she tries to get with you. This song doesn't really grab my attention, except lyrically. There is a beat in there that is the same beat that is in California Gurls. There is no way that she isn't singing about a penis.
  6. Circle the Drain: This song is a song that reminds me of a 90's pop song. This song is also the one where she says the word fucking. I think it's actually kind of ''sexy'' that she says fuck. I don't know why but it's different. I don't think that she really swears in other songs, but in this one she makes it sound kind of like she wants to get it out. This song is actually really neat. It kind of makes me feel like I'm tripping and she is telling me to stop because she doesn't want to take care of me, while I'm tripping. There is like pitch shifting done to the vocals as the songs is going on. It's kind of like the song Initiation by The Weeknd, but not to that extreme of vocal pitch shift
  7. The One That Got Away: This is one of the songs that I'm not big on. Actually I don't even like this one. It kind of bugs me, more than Teenage Dream. I don't know why, but there is something about that just irritates me about this song. It is like the others but this one just rubs me the wrong way. This is a good song though. I think it's good, but I don't like it.
  8. E.T.: I can't tell you how many times I heard this song at summer school on the bus. It was ridiculous how much I did. The fucking radio couldn't go one day without playing that. Now that I can listen to it by choice, I like it more. I think that this song is more dark than the other songs on this album. The rest of the songs are pop songs, and this one is a little more "scary". The video is "scary" if you think about it. It's not a stretch for a little kid, who might love her, be scared of the video. Well beside the Kanye part.... Oh shit! I really like this song, actually it's my favorite on the album. I think that there is this almost hypnotic brainwashing feel to the song that makes it impossible not to like it. I love it, not the video, but the song. {9/10}
  9. Who Am I Living For?: The way this song is, with the way its sung and the beat. It kind of reminds me of The Weeknd or Drake. This is more of a R&B sounding song verses the other pop songs. I actually think that this song is pretty cool. It is another song that is a little different from the others on the album. It's always good to have variation, but it also depends on the artist and genre. This is a good song and it has cool singing {7.8/10}
  10. Pearl: This is another song that remind me of like a mash up of a pop country song. I could see Kelly Clarkson singing this song. I also like this one, for the fact that it's different form the rest. I don't love it or think that it's amazing, but it's good to have variation.
  11. Hummingbird Heartbeat: This song title sounds like one that I would pull out of my ass. No offense to Katy, but the title doesn't really sound like a song, if that makes sense. Well anyway this song is ok. This is a return to something that reminds me of Teenage Dream. She says virginity in this song, and I think that it's all about being in love. This kind of sounds like a filler, but that doesn't make it a bad song. Some of my favorite Beatles songs where actually their fillers. Don't Bother Me, Little Child, I think that the cover versions were to. And the melody on the second side of Abbey Road was all filler, unfinished songs. That little 17 minute melody changed my perspective on music. Though I am not crazy about the song it's not terrible. It's actually just over 16 minutes.
  12. Not Like The Movies: This is a song with piano. It is kind of a sweet way to end the album. I think that this sounds like a song that would be in a Disney soundtrack.
Overall I have to give this a 6.8/10. What can I say, Katy pulled off on damn good album. I might not be huge on it so much, but that doesn't make it a bad album. I think that there were to many parts on it that hurt it a little. I am still going to do all of her other stuff, and Gaga's 2009 Fame Monster Ep

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

MCMXC a.D. - Enigma

This is an album by a band that I realized about today. I knew the name but today someone said that there was a band named Enigma in history class. Then one of the teachers said that she owned a CD by them. So I had to listen to them when she mentioned they might be weird. I jokingly said "like clown music". No laughs.... Well anyway this is a project from Germany. This is their first album and it is a concept album. From what I've read it is about the struggles in life between sexuality and religion.
  1. The Voice of Enigma:  This track just kind of sets up for the rest of the album. There is a voice that tries to describe how to enjoy this album best. I seriously think that this would be link a record version of like some kind of sex thing. Like to show you how to have sex. Except there is no explanation and only voices.
  2. Principle of Lust:
    1. Sadness: This song sounds like it is in work out videos. This isn't all that bad, like it's kind of neat. I don't actually think that this is that odd. This sounds like electronic world music. There is like a choir of people in the background.
    2. Find Love: A girls voice comes in to start off this part. This song is pretty catchy. They are speaking in German, I have no idea how to speak German. So it's kind of humorous, in a way. There is a part in the song where the girl pants for about 5 seconds then the song starts up again.
    3. Sadness (Reprise): This goes into more of a relaxing, water beat. You could meditate to this. This is, for world beatish, good. I can't stand when people include world music in their music. But this is like different. I actually think that this song is really good and enjoyable. There are parts in it where it sounds like the girl is kind of shivering and having orgasms. I don't know, that's what popped into my head. {8.7/10)
  3. Callas Went Away: This song is a beat. It kind of continues that same vibe that I've gotten from the last track but what ever. This song isn't that far of a stretch. Quick fact, the rain for this track, in the start, is the same used in Black Sabbath's self titled song, off their 1970 self titled 
  4. Mea Culpa: This song starts out with drums marching and a chant. This is like a seductive song that I could see being in a video game. 
  5. The Voice and The Snake: This is probably about Adam & Eve. I guess that this song is based on a song by Aprodite's Child about the end of the world (I really want to listen to their album 666 because it's supposed to be their best album or something) This song is a change on the album and it's kind of scary. The rest of the album, up to this point, was similar, this is kind of scary.
  6. Knocking on the Forbidden Doors:  There is this like outer space/underwater sounding "do do do do" thing in the background. After that outer space thing ends it pretty much goes back to the beginning of the sound. Then it kind of goes into the outer space breakdown. This song isn't that different for the rest though.
  7. Back to the Rivers of Belief:
    1. Way to Eternity: The last song flowed into this one. Actually all the songs flow. This song sounds like it's a river. This is relaxing and calming. There are chants and it's relaxing
    2. Hallelujah: This part of the song makes me want to fall asleep. This is nice to listen to to help you sleep. There is a voice telling you to relax and pretty much, go to sleep.
    3. The Rivers of Belief: When this comes in it is a really cool part. This sounds really cool. I think that he used samples for other songs at this part, but it sounds new. I have heard this before, but it feels like, to me, that this was new at the time. When I checked it out and it was. And this is supposed to the most influential album of the 90's for this genre. This part where the guys says Rivers of Belief is actually really interesting
Overall I have to give this a 7.1/10. I very easily see how it fits into the concept. I didn't realize that at first but there are Gregorian chants in the songs. This album is one that I could see making love to. There were probably 90's babies that were made to this album. I couldn't really get the message across. I think that what they were shooting for was to not noticeable. Though I didn't think that it changed up very much, this is still an album that I could do a 90's workout to, or listen to as a way to relieve stress. I think that I'm going to buy a copy on CD.

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Wasteland Companion - M. Ward

I am subscribed to the She & Him email list, so I got an email that informed me about this album in an email dated 1.27.12. This is probably the same day that he made it public, like it's not anything exclusive. I did thought get an email about a week ago that said there is a website were I could stream the album in it's entirety. Well I was too lazy to do it. So when I finally decided to listen to it. This is the review I gave it. But before the review here is some background info. This is M. Ward's seventh solo studio album. It's set day for release is April 6th in New Zealand and it's release date in America is April 10th, the same day as Stacy from Eisley's solo album A Minor Bird. Now in all honestly I didn't think much of this guy. I really didn't think I would be that impressed in this song. I thought that it would get an average, probably a 6/10. Oh one last thing. I didn't listen to the album in order, because it wasn't like a... what ever. Just thought I'd bring that up.
  1. Clean Slate: This song starts out with this skiffle type of feel to it. This song is a very country vibe going through it. His voice is very clear in the mix and is over everything. This song has twangs and banjos. This song is a pretty song, but it just doesn't blow me away. I think that this song might grow on me, but as for now it is not.
  2. Primitive Girl: This song has this sixties up beat feel to it. I could see this song being in a movie set in the 60's. That's not really my type of movie but still.
  3. Me and My Shadow: The vocals on this, in the beginning, sound like they are being played on the radio. This song is a pretty neat song, I with that this was a little better but it has parts that kill it. The instrumentation, at parts, are cool, but the whole idea of the radio/non-distorted vocals doubled hurt this song. This song is a good song, if you over look that. And another thing is the distorted guitar just sounds not good. I think that it might sound better as a live song, but not as a studio album. This is a well needed change on the album. It's faster and more exciting. This is my 2nd favorite, behind the title track. {7.4/10}
  4. Sweetheart: This song reminds me of Arcade Fire. I think that this song could be on The Suburbs. It sounds like Zooey is on this track to. This also kind of sounds like it could be a She & Him song. It has all the things that are present in on of those songs. I'm not huge into them, but I'm always willing to listen to something new. I do think it fits that she's on the song though. It is called sweetheart after all.
  5. I Get Ideas: This song is kind of like a Bob Dylan song that would be on Highway 61 Revisited or maybe Bringing It All Back Home. It has this electric folk feel to it. His voice even kind of sounds like Bob's voice on something off Self Portrait or Nashville Skyline. I like that this is a different feel to the album, so to say.
  6. The First Time I Ran Away: This song starts out with this acoustic feel. I don't like the feel of this song. This also continues that atmospheric feel with the strings and keys and everything backing him up. The things though is. I just don't like it that much.
  7. A Wasteland Companion: This song kind of starts out with the type of a feel that I would get from the acoustic songs off The legendary 1968 album known as The White Album. This song also gave me, in the beginning, a feel of For You Blue off the 1970 Let It Be album, by that same band. If you don't know what band shame on you. And go crawl in a hole and don't come out till you know who The Beatles are. In the middle of the song there is the atmospheric feel to where it sounded like people cheering, but it was just wind. This song is perfect for the title track, and for the name of the song. So it think it gets a {7.6/10}
  8. Watch the Show: This song is defiantly a song that has movie feeling lyrics. I could see this being a follow up album, or at least this song,  by Jed Whedon & The Willings. This song also has that Arcade Fire lyrics that are memorable on The Suburbs.
  9. There's A Key: This song reminds me of a song that would be on the radio. This son is kind of pretty, but it continues that Arcade Fire feel but in a bad way. I LOVE Funeral, I haven't really heard many songs of Neon Bible, and I only like a couple songs of The Suburbs. But I could never sit through that album front to back. It's just painful to try to stay awake. Like I want to fall asleep to that, and I don't see how this is any different.
  10. Crawl After You: This is just like the rest of the song on the album. I noticed more piano on this song, I might just be crazy, but still who knows, what ever. I know that I don't really like this song and that's all that matters. I guess... This is not terrible, but it's just not very interesting to me. There is like a violin solo in the song. With songs like this I could see Ward making a really popular album with this, if this was the soundtrack to a movie.
  11. Wild Goose: This song has this country feel to it. It kind of reminds me of the title track. I'm not huge on this track. I don't really like the way it sounds like. It kind of reminds me of The Suburbs, and as of yet I'm not into that album.
  12. Pure Joy: This song is the ending, and would make a very good ending to a movie. I can see this playing along with the credits of a movie. This would probably be a movie I wouldn't be crazy, but I might enjoy it. It has that ending feel to it.
Overall this is the first M. Ward solo album I've heard, so it's the first one to get a 6.4/10. This was defiantly different than what I expected. I had never expected any thing that I could compare to The Beatles. FYI those Beatles are, well.... MY FAVORITE BAND OF ALL TIME. Unfortunately it didn't live up to the White Album comparisons. Like the strings and the atmosphere in this album is pretty, but I am just not really into that. I do think that this would be a good novelty soundtrack to a movie. It is in that same type of thing of History of Things Forgotten by Jed Whedon and the Willings. I reviewed that album before in February of this year. It was for my friends birthday. The production of M. Ward's album really kills this thing for me. It is just like new novelty, but in a bad way. I just have to say this would work as the soundtrack to some coming of age movie, as I said the same for Jed's album. I'm glad I got to hear it early so I don't waste my money on this album. Sorry M. nothing personal, I'm just not into novelty music so much.