Gym Class Heroes
The Quilt


2.5
average

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
September 9th, 2008 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gym Class Heroes have a talented lyricist, but at this point, that is all they have left.

I had originally liked Gym Class Heroes for the same reason many others do; they were creative in their way of doing things, mixing the pop sensations of Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco, with clever rhyming and lyricisim of Hip Hop. They weren't completely originally, rock and rap had been mixed before, but Gym Class Heroes had made the mixture very enjoyable do to their ability to make catchy poppy tunes. However, as the band got older, they got more focused around their rapper Travis McCoy. Travis is a fairly talented MC, he’s got some witty rhymes up his sleeve, but he simply can’t keep an album together on his own. With As Cruel As School Children, the band had started to make their music more Travis-centric, and with their new album The Quilt, The Gym Class Heroes lose what had made them enjoyable, the rest of the band.

Because of the increased focus on Travis, the music on the album is dumbed down considerately. The instrumentation simply sounds like regular hip hop beats that a somewhat talented beat maker could make, but sound a bit laughable coming from a full band. Lead Guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo hardly does anything on the album, and pretty much plays some simple guitar lines if he’s lucky, while the bass rhythms are merely root notes. The only member of the band that actually makes some noticeable playing is Matt Mcginely, and even he mostly just play average drum beats, but at least they don’t sound computer generated like just about everything else on the album. With The Quilt, most of Gym Class Heroes seems to just be going through the motions, instead of creating aspiring, loud, fun music that they used to make. If this album had been pushed out by Travis and a group of beatmakers, this album would be respectable, but the fact it comes from an entire band makes it utterly laughable.

Another problem that drives itself from the more mainstream hip hop direction is guest appearances: there are way too many of them. If you've got Busta Rhymes and Dayrl Hall (of Hall & Oates) on the same album, you've got to many cooks in the kitchen. Most of the guest appearances seem awkward (both of The-Dream's appearances), and seem to be their just for that "hit" single that the band is searching for. However, of the failed guest appearances, one shines brightly like a candle at the end of a dark cave; Busta Rhymes' appearance on "Peace Sign/Index Down". His rhymes are excellent, and his delivery is broken down yet quick, and manages to push out every word that Busta has to say without the rhymes sounding awkward over the beat. The performance not only outshines Travis McCoy, but also shows new hope for a revival in the quality of Busta Rhymes’ lyrical quality. Unfortunately for the album, most of the guests seem to be phoned in appearances, and sound like their just “for the money”.

Despite the bland beats, and possibly because of them, Travis shines in front of the musical boredom. One downside to Travis’ rhymes is that he seems to try to sound alike a younger Talib Kweli, especially on first single “Peace Sign/Index Down”, where he seems to be putting up his best impression of said rapper. Like Talib, his flow is awkward from time to time, but most of the time it fits the beats well. His delivery is very quick, and fast paced, and he whip through the song like it's no time. His rhymes are well-written, and while they revolve around mostly of the normal hip hop topics, the writings are witty and clever from time to time.

“3rd of 3 sons/Big Bird and Squirt Guns/Aunt Tammy dressed up like a clown/When I turned one/Scared the *** out of me/But, thanks for trying/Sitting in my high chair/Throwing fits and crying”

From “Like Father, Like Son”

While the lyrics don’t shed to much of the true lyricist that Travis McCoy can be, the lyrics on The Quilt are well-done, and at times touching.

The fact of the matter is, Travis McCoy doesn’t really need the rest of the band. While not the best lyricist in the world, he does show he is very talented, and the rest of the band seems to be letting him do all the dirty work at this point. The Quilt is a disappointing effort if you were expecting some improvement out of the rest of Gym Class Heroes. But if you are looking for some nicely done mainstream hip hop, then go for it.



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bastard
September 10th 2008


3435 Comments


meh, I will probably add more to this tomorrow.

marksellsuswallets
September 10th 2008


4848 Comments


You missed a few odd grammatical things like

seems to just letting him do all the dirty work at this point.
that.
Anyways, never liked this band really, always thought Travis was very sub-par tbh.

bastard
September 10th 2008


3435 Comments


I am trying to get myself back into reviewing. I easily lose myself at times.

fixxxed up shit.This Message Edited On 09.09.08

marksellsuswallets
September 10th 2008


4848 Comments


Eh its understandable.

bastard
September 10th 2008


3435 Comments


I liked these guys because I am a hip hop fanatic, and not one of those underground fanatics, just like any hip hop is fine.This Message Edited On 09.09.08

marksellsuswallets
September 10th 2008


4848 Comments


If you would like to kindly upload the album art here's a link, might be to big though...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3217/2658638972_0d7c5fd428.jpg?v=0

ohcleverhansyou
September 10th 2008


885 Comments


I liked As Cruel As School Children, and now I have this. I'll listen for myself, but it doesn't sound promising, as I enjoyed the more involved instrumentation.

marksellsuswallets
September 10th 2008


4848 Comments


Yeah the instrumentation was the main reason I liked them...without it, it just sounds like any other random hip-hop artist to me...

bastard
September 10th 2008


3435 Comments


I am trying to upload the art, but for some reason, it ain't working at all.

marksellsuswallets
September 10th 2008


4848 Comments


Hmm...well if it doesn't work I guess just consult a mod or something...lack of album art always makes me a sad panda :/

rasputin
September 10th 2008


14550 Comments


If that link doesn't work, try a different one.

Tits McGee
September 10th 2008


1876 Comments


Despite the rating, I'm still going to check this out.

MeloProgcore
September 10th 2008


53 Comments


they need more songs featuring other people

bastard
September 10th 2008


3435 Comments


haha exactly.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 10th 2008


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You should proof your reviews a lot more before submittal... or at least get someone to edit for you that likes doing that. There are a lot of awkward sentences and a few spelling/grammar issues.
I agree though, this is around a 2.5, possibly a 3.0

bastard
September 10th 2008


3435 Comments


You should proof your reviews a lot more before submittal... or at least get someone to edit for you that likes doing that. There are a lot of awkward sentences and a few spelling/grammar issues.


I know, I will try to get to work on that sort of thing.

Also, edited this thing, I hope it is better.This Message Edited On 09.10.08

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2008


20857 Comments


I was thinking whether or not I should give this a listen and was leaning towards the negative. Ba$tard, your review has confirmed that I will be keeping away.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 10th 2008


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not that bad. There are some pretty solid tracks on here, just like on Game's LAX. I'd say half the album is below average, a quarter is average, and a quarter is great.
The track with Busta is really cool... probably b/c he's way better than GCH's mc...

marksellsuswallets
September 10th 2008


4848 Comments


Busta can make anything awesome...the guy is amazing...
I casually enjoyed their older stuff but this album...yeah...not so much

botb
September 10th 2008


9721 Comments


I agree that it's not that bad. There's some pretty good stuff on here.



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