The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
Danza II: The Electric Boogaloo


3.5
great

Review

by zeewehtforewop USER (2 Reviews)
November 8th, 2008 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The dirty south takes its shot at chaotic math-grind.

If you're going to name your band after a washed up T.V. star, chances are good you hold a very special, unqiue, and more than likely, misunderstood sense of humor. Such is the case of this math-grind Tennessee quintet, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, presenting their sophomore effort, Danza II: The Electric Boogaloo. Like many releases of the genre, Danza II polarized listeners. Their trademark sound of awkward time signatures, discordant riffs and breakdowns, and seemingly incoherent vocal patterns leaves many listeners wondering whether or not what they’re listening to is music or just pure aural chaos. Not to mention while all this is going on, they are fed the story of “Cease”, a troublemaking southerner whose only wish is to have a few relaxing drinks at the bar…

Underneath the rough edged surface lies some technical and talented songwriting, and musicianship. From the moment You Gonna Buy the Beers or the Whole Damn Bar starts, it is evident that a great deal of thought went into piecing together the riffs. Some intricate harmonies performed by guitarists Josh Travis and Layne Meylain provide a spectacular heaviness throughout. Many of the riffs are fantastically original, yet at the same time, there is an uncomfortable amount of riff recycling going on, leaving some songs sounding very similar.

One of the overlooked highlights on Danza II comes in the contribution from vocalist Jesse Freeland. His lyrics, though often unintelligible on the recording, deserve plenty of attention, as they are far more serious and powerful than the albums image would have you believe. Written in the like of poems, Freeland’s lines convey concepts of lost love, strength in adversity, and the hope of tomorrow.

“this test that produces strength
to persevere against something so immense
with humble heads and strong backs we walk
we walk amongst earned belief and in this we
with humble heads and strong backs we walk
mature shattered pieces
to become this strong complete”

The albums downfalls, though few, take a hefty toll on the final production. The performance of bassist Mike Butler is phenomenal (if you’ve ever been to a live show, you know exactly why). On the final mix, however, Butler is all but inaudible save for a few moments when the guitars quiet down. Also as mentioned earlier, some songs lack identity and they tend to blend into one another. Ultimately, Danza II secures Tony Danza’s unique sound, and produces a solid second LP.

...And in case you were wondering, the story ends with “Cease” murdering everyone in the bar with a chainsaw.

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poweroftheweez
November 7th 2008


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

finally cranked my first review out.
criticize to your heart's desire.

Spamue1G
November 8th 2008


1292 Comments


Decent review, you really need a bit more detail, but nice intro.

sadmafioso
November 8th 2008


318 Comments


good first review, could use a bit more i guess but for the most part you've got a solid base right here.

ninjuice
November 8th 2008


6760 Comments


I think this might be my favorite band name ever. Solid review, although it could definitely be expanded or whatever.

Kroychzech
March 13th 2009


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Theyve fairly improved on their instruments in the last 2 years. Some good ideas in there for aspiring bands.

t4n2004
June 20th 2009


37 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love listening to this band. fun album, and unrelentingly heavy.

sexualsoybean
July 5th 2009


913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still like their first album better with its low quality recording and some of the most unique breakdowns ive ever heard. Theres a few good songs on this one but overall I think that they went a little too meshuggah with it

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 5th 2009


2845 Comments


this is a horrible cd

CustardPlug
August 12th 2009


28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awesome band, people shouldn't put them down because of the name

couch
November 1st 2009


311 Comments


i love this album... it's my dirty little secret

EasternLight
November 1st 2009


2701 Comments


amazing band name my godly balls

couch
December 19th 2009


311 Comments


my god i cannot wait for the new album

couch
April 1st 2010


311 Comments


new song was posted today, omg so excited

Spec
March 7th 2011


27271 Comments


Always found them pretty horrible.

Digging: Midnight - No Mercy for Mayhem

LysergicLollypops
April 17th 2012


77 Comments


If only their recording quality was better. Rowdy album here, but not much substance to keep you coming back.

Bloodhail
October 24th 2012


1144 Comments


If the 1's are just for the sake of trolling I would like to say this: Sputnik is now the most non-reliable music review website there is. Can't the admins or whoever made this site make it to were you have to be a decent and non "KILL"-esque person to actually write a review... or rate... or breath.

TheMoreira
November 12th 2012


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pos'd, good review. This album feels pretty repetitive though.



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