Review Summary: Hashmeer Shashmeer...
Comedy is a funny thing (pun intended). It comes in all different shapes and sizes. When it’s done well, everyone enjoys it. When it’s done poorly, the joke-maker looks like a fool. With music, however, even a good joke can grow stale. For comedy to have a place in music, it must be backed by a good tune that is still enjoyable well after the luster of the joke has worn off. With their second full length album, Stepping on the Crowtche owf Your Americain Presidaint
, Group X creates an album that is very funny with the comedy backed by enjoyable songs. The result is an album ahead of most comedic acts.
Group X is
Hashmeer Shashmeer-Lead Vocals
Blade Razorr-Bass, backing vocals, prank calls.
Rex Wif Da Machine-Drums, backing vocals
A little background is necessary before the meat and potatoes. Group X is a faux Arabian rock band from Marietta, Georgia who claims to be from the fictional village of Cramshananteen, Saudi Arabia. All of the group’s names are stage names (obviously), and it is frowned upon by band and fans alike to use their real names. They gained popularity through flash animations featuring their songs.
With Stepping on the Crowtche owf Your Americain Presidaint
, Group X combine rap, rock, and prank phone calls to create both a comedic and enjoyable listen. All the vocals are done with heavy accents and mangled English. The beauty of the album, however, is in its overall comedic nature and Group X’s ability to make songs that are more than just gimmicks based off a joke.
All three members of the band share in some part of the vocals. Shashmeer, however, is the main attraction and he is surprisingly versatile. His raps are all very well done, his singing voice is acceptably comedic, and there are even some yells that are done with a surprising amount of power to them. Razorr and Machine also take part and give strong efforts with their backing work. A stand-out track for all three vocalists is in the song, Mario Twins
where all three take part in recreating the classic Super Mario tunes using only their voices. It is so well done it will have you reminisce about all the times you battled Bowser and his minions.
As with all comedy albums, the lyrics are very important to how well done the album is. It is here that these men most shine. Subjects range from peanuts, cheese, loose women, basketball shots, and not getting the girl because of not making the soccer team. Rhymes rarely seem forced, and when they do, it is often times for comedic effect. Sehventain Year-es
is a prank call that is done to comedic perfection and one that you will feel inclined to try as soon as possible. Finally, the lyrics, while being funny, are also extremely catchy. These songs will get stuck in your head. It’s a forgone conclusion.
The rhythm section for this album is surprisingly strong. This is especially the case with Blade Razorr’s bass. He is able to create awesomely catchy bass lines that are simple but extremely memorable. Take the song, Too Many Guys
, for example. The bass is extremely simple, and yet, it is perfect for the song and catchy as hell. It creates the laid back feel of the verses, and then it turns up the intensity for the chorus. The drums on this album don’t really stand out much, but they do fit the music well. Drums are really just there on the more rock-esque songs as backing but do what they need to do.
This album doesn’t lack some problems, however. First and foremost, some may see the way these men talk as racist against Middle Easterners of all kinds. It is not meant to be so. It is satire in the same vein as Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat. Both are meant to poke fun at the society who views people this way rather than as just simple racism. Also, those who make guest appearance on the album seemed to have not gotten the memo that this is a joke album. On the song, White Chocolate & Group X
, White Chocolate’s rap isn’t very well done and is taken in a serious nature rather than the comedic nature.
Finally, a couple of the songs probably could have been left on the cutting room floor, but instead are filler, such as (france)
and Johnny Poopoopants
. These two are more based on a joke then actually being good songs in and of themselves.
When the smoke clears, however, this is a very well done comedic album. It will make you laugh! Besides that, it is also enjoyable away from the jokes as simply a catchy album. The musicianship is sufficient and the vocals and song compositions are well done and will have you at least humming them hours later. So put down Blackwater Park for a while and try Group X’s most recent album, Stepping on the Crowtche owf Your Americain Presidaint
. With it you get an often hilarious album, as well as an enjoyable listen in and of itself.
Music will entertain past the jokes
Great Bass Work
Guest Appearances aren’t good
Could be seen as racist (though it’s not)