(hed) p.e.
Back 2 Base X


4.0
excellent

Review

by HumanMagic USER (2 Reviews)
October 7th, 2007 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


(Hed)Planet Earth return in 2006 with Back 2 Base X, that is 6-6-06, for their 5th studio album release. After getting the boot from their first label, Jive, and then signing on to Koch to deliver the rebellious, splenetic, f*ck the music industry album known as Only in Amerika, they now make their new label debut on the Kottonmouth Kings' very own label, Suburban Noize. That's right noize.

Many can argue that (Hed)P.E. were in a downward spiral after releasing Only in Amerika in 2005 while others can say that (Hed)P.E. were back on their feet from the failed, rocker album Blackout. But the fact is that (Hed)P.E. were hurting badly from Only in Amerika. It had poor sales and a somewhat unsuccessful tour. The album had a lack of any respectable lyrics and seemed like it had no direction other than to piss off your parents and get on your nerves sometimes. But can this album, Back 2 Base X refurbish (Hed)P.E.'s career? The answer is yes it can, if you give it a chance that is.

Back 2 Base X has a more reggae feel than any other (Hed)P.E. release which makes it more unique. It has well composed songs and a more focused approach than it's predecessor.

Track reviews:

1. Listen
Back 2 Base X begins with a nice vibe filled with a reggae guitar and a nice calm drum beat and then really begins when vocalist Jahred drops in with his nicely written rhymes and raps. It keeps you relaxed and entertained the whole way and is an excellent opener for an album. Without a doubt a fine song on Back 2 Base X.

4/5

2. Novus Ordos Clitorus
After an amazing opener, (Hed)P.E. summon the inner metalhead and deliver the heavy, conspiracy inspired N.O.C. Throughout the song, a heavy feel is given off into your ears.
It gives off great energy and really pumps you up. It has good lyrics and great riffs and booming drum beats. A really good hard rock song that will please many of the fans that love the heavy side of (Hed)P.E.

4.5/5

3. Lock and Load
So now we have heard the calm side of (Hed)P.E. and the heavy side so what's next? How about an average song that is filled with some decent guitar riffs from Jaxon and simplistic drum beats from Moke. Jahred's singing could be a little better in the chorus, but it still can't help the song because it is just too raw.

3/5

4. White Collars
What do we have here? It seems like a hint at classic (Hed)P.E. with some nice raps and riffs. But after a nicely done verse, the chorus seems somewhat out of place, but it manages to do okay. Also Jaxon pulls off a small guitar solo towards the middle of the song. Not a stand out track on Back 2 Base X, but a fairly well done one, yes.

3.5/5

5. Get Ready
Get Ready is Back 2 Base X's lead single and a good one at that, but not great. The song is in fact a cover of Eva Cassidy's "People Get Ready". It is redone in a more metal way and the video shows singer Jahred wearing the Confederate flag around his waist. The song has a lot of energy and will win new fans for (Hed)P.E. especially those that are fans of Suburban Noize artists.

4/5

6. Sophia
Sophia? So can we believe that this a love song or just a name of some girl that Jahred had or has sex with? Both theories are probably correct. Sophia has a nice clean reggae feel throughout and it uses the instrument known as the melodica and it's used quite well in the song I must say. A nice song with nice lyrics and a good tone.

4/5

7. Peer Pressure
Here is a straight up punk song for all of you punk rockers out there. (Hed)P.E. delivers a fast, half-assed composition with very simple lyrics about, thats right you guessed it, peer pressure. This song is what I consider the worst song off Back 2 Base X.

2.5/5

8. Beware Do We Go
Well guys were do you go from now? After deliver some reggae influenced songs with some melodica in it, some heavy metal songs and a punk rock song I am ready for anything. So it begins. (Hed)P.E. deliver the pop punk song, Beware Do We Go. It has a nice clean tone throughout the song and it classifies it self as a good song off Back 2 Base X.

4/5

9. Daze of War
Next (Hed)P.E. gets gangsta if you know what I mean in Daze of War, a rap rock hybrid song with intelligent lyrics, probably the best off the album, some nice raps and great guitars riffs and not to mention some killer drum beats. A great composition showing that lyricist Jahred has what it takes to make a good rhyme.

4.5/5

10. Sweetchops
Sweetchops is in competition with Peer Pressure in taking the title for the worst track on Back 2 Base X. It has terrible lyrics, which is just too bad because Daze of War was written quite well. The only thing that maybe might make it a little better than Peer Pressure is that it is a longer and has a guitar solo which just adds a tiny spec of fun to the song.

2.5/5

11. So It Be
"So it Be and so it is!" this song has great, fun lyrics, great guitars licks some nice drumming and pay close attention to Mawks bass lines. They are awesome. He too, shows that he can write some nice bass lines for all the people that might doubt him. A great song that keeps a very nice flow throughout.

4.5/5

12. Let's Ride
In this song we hear more of that curious instrument the melodica. It makes the song a little more unique and enjoyable and the chorus is great. The verse features the melodica and some nice guitar delivery from Jaxon. The lyrics and vocals are a bit stupid but if you ignore some of the lines that Jahred sings, it is otherwise a good song. It ends with some more fill ins with the melodica on your right speaker and Jaxon doing some guitar licks on your left speaker.

4/5

13. The Chosen One
Last song on the list and again it features the melodica. But, hey, you can't deny that it adds a lot to the song and it makes it have a good ambiance to it. What we have here on this 13th track is a reggae song with lyrics that encourages listeners to fight for your rights before they are taken away. A fair song to end an album, could have been better.

3.5/5

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So in the end Back 2 Base X is a actually a good album, just give it time to grow. It might not have the hardness and metallic vibe that Only in Amerika had but Back 2 Base X is it's own unique album, with a handful of brilliant songs. If you felt discouraged after listening to Only in Amerika don't worry, Back 2 Base X will find your (Hed)P.E. loyalty again.


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Meatplow
October 7th 2007


5524 Comments


I've only ever listened to Broke, despite being juvenile as all hell it's not a bad listen every now and then.

Only thing notable about this band to me is that I remember a live interview with Jahred on Australian station Triple JJJ's metal show a long time ago, the presenter asked him to name a metal track that is a big influence. Jahred goes "Nah man i hate metal" or some shi, then insists on this old reggae song. The presenter is like umm okay, then it got played for about 40 seconds, getting cut off with the message "Well thats enough of THAT".This Message Edited On 10.07.07

HumanMagic
October 7th 2007


39 Comments


Wow? Really? Jahred said that? Seems strange for him to say that considering in other interviews he proudly says that metal is a style that the try to focus on. Do you remember when you heard that interview?

Meatplow
October 7th 2007


5524 Comments


Well he might not have said he hates it verbatim, i do remember him insisting on the reggae track because he doesn't listen to metal. This would of been several years when they were first emerging, the memory is very fuzzy. Still it's the first thing i remember whenever I hear Hed P.E. being mentioned lol.

DWittisarockstar
October 7th 2007


1501 Comments


I really like Get Ready. Everything else, not so much.

HumanMagic
October 7th 2007


39 Comments


Go listen to Blackout man. I think it is their finest work.

samthebassman
October 8th 2007


2164 Comments


Blackout is horrible, Broke is a good nu metal album though...

HumanMagic
October 8th 2007


39 Comments


Yeah man Broke definitely is a dope ass album but Blackout is just too underestimated in some ways. It really is a great album.

AtavanHalen
October 8th 2007


17927 Comments


I don't like how this review is set out, but you're not a bad writer.

completetest
February 14th 2009


15 Comments


One of their most underrated albums. Taking it back to classic punk.



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