Megadeth
So Far, So Good... So What!


3.0
good

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
April 25th, 2007 | 299 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


What ever Metallica can do, Megadeth can do better. That's my policy concerning the two bands, and I'm sticking by it. Killing is My Business was a better debut album than Kill Em All. I'll listen to Peace Sells over Ride the Lighting everyday of the week, and even on some weekends. Rust in Peace is easily a much better quasi-progressive thrash record than …And Justice for All. They did the "sell-out" thing better with Risk and the "return to their roots" album better with The World Needs a Hero. However, there is one Megadeth album which I cannot take over its Metallica counterpart. That record is So Far, So Good…So What. It's that album that virtually everybody claims is underrated (hmm?). As far as I am concerned, it's one of Megadeth's weakest albums, and while not outright terrible, isn't great either.

Pedal to the metal…thrash metal is what is served up on So Far, So Good and the classic take no prisoners style which Megadeth made use of during this time period once again gets the job done. It doesn't especially differentiate from what virtually every other American metal band in the seemingly oversaturated genre was playing in 1988, but yes; it definitely gets the job done. As with any early Megadeth album, the guitars are the aspect which is stressed the most in the music. The short lived tandem of Dave Mustaine and Jeff Young hold up the fort with blistering solos, heavy riffs, and technical proficiency typical of the thrash genre. However, while listening to the guitars I get the feeling that the band could have improved the guitar work rather significantly. Songs like Set the World Afire and Mary Jane display excellent axe work, the rest of the album feels somewhat uninspired. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad by any stretch, but compared to what other bands were doing at the time, I'd expect more. Another issue I have is that beyond the guitars, there isn't terribly much that impresses. Dave's vocals are as worse as they've ever been (seriously, just listen to Hook in Mouth), and about half of the album (specifically Anarchy in the UK, 502, Liar, and Hook in Mouth) just isn't very interesting at all.

With that in mind, there are a few tracks on So Far, So Good that catch my attention. My favourite of these songs would definitely be Set the World Afire. A thrash classic in every respect, it takes everything that had made the thrash metal movement so appealing and combined it to form a nearly 6 minute track. The track describes a post-apocalyptic world in which a nuclear war has wiped out (virtually?) all of humanity. Needless to say, the chaotic structure of Set the World Afire fits the lyrical themes perfectly with, as expected, Dave's high octane riff work leading the way. Another track off of So Far, So Good which could be considered a classic would be In My Darkest Hour. Perhaps the most heartfelt track on a very angry, emotional album, it is the only track which does not rely on heavy, fast paced riffage to make it enjoyable. In My Darkest Hour represents Dave's finest writing, lyrically and musically, as it effectively channels several different emotions and combines them into a fairly enjoyable, six minute piece.

Overall, Megadeth's third album, So Far, So Good…So What is a fairly decent album, but not a great one. Its strongest songs are excellent to superb, with the likes of Mary Jane and Into the Lungs of Hell being part of the former and Set the World Afire and In My Darkest Hour being part of the later group. Unfortunately, the weaker songs are, well, uninteresting and nock the album down a few points. I wouldn't recommend So Far, So Good unless you have already purchased the majority of Megadeth's other records, as while it is good, it definitely does not offer up the best the band has to offer. Go for Peace Sells or Killing is my Business instead.

Recommended Tracks:
Set the World Afire
In My Darkest Hour
Mary Jane
Into the Lungs of Hell



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Mikesn
Emeritus
April 25th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not entirely sure about how I fell about this, but I've been meaning to write this review for awhile now.This Message Edited On 04.25.07

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clairvoyant
April 25th 2007


765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

pretty good review, my only gripe is that hook in mouth is one of my fav songs on the album!!!!

but oh well, for the most part i agree with your thoughts about the cd

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 26th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The chorus is pretty catchy, but that's all I really liked about it, tbh. =/

ToWhatEnd
April 26th 2007


3172 Comments


Good review but Metallica > Megadeth as far as I'm concerned. I do enjoy RIP and Peace Sells but I prefer Metallica more overall.

Altmer
April 26th 2007


5652 Comments


I prefer Megadeth over Metallica on some points, but imho they both have a similar track record. The only thing is Megadeth never achieved the same height of popularity.

I don't have this, and by the looks of it I'm not buying it anytime soon.

rattlehead42147
April 26th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

megadeth can do just about everything better, i would definitely say this album is not near as good as master of puppets, but i give it at least a 4. if only this album was as good as rust in peace...This Message Edited On 04.26.07

Wizard
April 26th 2007


19556 Comments


Megadeth or Metallica? Megadeth were not as consitent as the first four Metallica albums (after that, their music sounded like they were recording with Nickleback hahahaha). However, Megadeth are still going strong today, and Rust in Peace and Killing is My Business are amazing albums. Coin toss!
Anyways, Mikesn, excellent review once again. You must have a lot of time to sit and think about how to write such clear and concise reviews that I have repeatedly enjoyed over time.

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clairvoyant
April 26th 2007


765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Megadeth sounded like Nickelback?

wrong.

Bfhurricane
April 26th 2007


6197 Comments


not a bad review. I dont own this but I own most of Megadeths discography. They definitely dont do it better than Metallica for the first 4 albums. After that Megadeth took over.

Dethtrasher
April 26th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loved the intro, but I disagree also. I think this is one of Megadeth's best albums with one of their best tracks ever, In My Darkest Hour. Good review.

Wizard
April 26th 2007


19556 Comments


Clairvoyant,
hahahaha sorry, I ment Metallica sounded like they recorded with Nickleback after their first 4 albums. Black album on = shit! Especially that garbage album called St. Anger hahahah!

south_of_heaven 11
April 26th 2007


5436 Comments


This is a good review Mike. I haven't bothered to check this album out and I probably won't because by the time I get around to it, it'll be May 15th which = United Abominations

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 26th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I haven't bothered to check this album out and I probably won't because by the time I get around to it, it'll be May 15th which = United Abominations
Haha, definitely wait for that. You can now hear a studio version of Washington's Next in their E-Card by the way.

The only thing is Megadeth never achieved the same height of popularity.
This is true as well. This Message Edited On 04.26.07

south_of_heaven 11
April 26th 2007


5436 Comments


Haha, definitely wait for that. You can now hear a studio version of Washington's Next in their E-Card by the way.

mmm it's sooo good. Somebody already ripped it to the internet. There's a download link in the Megadeth forum; go get it before it gets taken off!

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 26th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'll look for it.

south_of_heaven 11
April 26th 2007


5436 Comments


Whoops; I meant the Megadeth thread over in the Rock & Metal section (on here)...my bad.

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 26th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha no wonder. Ok thanks.

Whole lotta Led
April 26th 2007


40 Comments


I like In My Darkest Hour.

Whole lotta Led
April 26th 2007


40 Comments


I mean, it's the song I like the most from this album.

Thrasher86
June 14th 2007


181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great Album dont care what anyone says. Good guitar playing, great thrash record with great songs Into The Lungs Of Hell, STWAF, Mary Jane, IMDH, and Hook In Mouth. All great songs. Everyone says this album is underated but on the Billboard top 200 it made 28!!!

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