Hollywood Undead
Swan Songs


3.0
good

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
November 20th, 2008 | 90 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Its rap! No wait... It's emo! Or... maybe it's hardcore. Hell, i don't know.

Although they would like you to believe otherwise, Hollywood Undead haven't brought anything new to the table with Swan Songs. All they've done is take two of the world's most dissimilar genres and blended them together to create one of the most confusing albums of all time. To make matters worse, fusing emo and rap isn’t especially original, and as far as the mainstream goes, we already have enough bands with too many members thrashing around the stage with creepy looking masks on. However, despite the lack of originality, image theft, and the combination of my two least favorite genres I... enjoyed it.

As far as music goes, Swan Songs isnt much of a standout. The drums are are electronic and there are almost no guitars. Although most of the back beats are slick and smooth, they aren't at all orignal to rap music. Its still fun to listen to, but if your looking for music that is actually musical, you're in the wrong place. However if your looking for dance music, or something that you can sing along to (when the cops aren't around) you might like this.

When I first heard Hollywood Undead, I was immediately turned away by the language. Lyrically, it’s the most vulgar material I have ever heard. If you make it past "Undead," you'll immediately find yourself caught up in a stream of disgusting lyrics about gettin' buzzed, beating tha *** outta haters and ***in' b****es in the backseat of a car. Not to mention, the clean version of this album is a complete joke. Considering it says b***h or b****es around a hundred times, it’s about as clean as a porno film with little black strips to cover things up. The first time it came around I found myself sitting with a look of disbelief on my face, revolted by the lyrics. The next time, I found myself attempting to sing along.

It’s not long before I was absorbed by the catchy beats and tapping my foot to electronic beats and subtle bass grooves. But just as I was starting to get used to the gansta' themes and *** you attitudes, the album takes on a completely different spin. Although the tracks are mixed together in a haphazard and very random fashion, the album is divided into two very distinctive halves; "I'm a gangster b***h!" and "I'm emo... hug me... b***h." Several songs, such as "the Diary" and "Paradise Lost" are drenched in dark emotional themes that revolve around self-hatred and depression and in several occasions, thoughts of suicide. Not to mention, although that half of the album has its fair share of curse-words its much cleaner than the other half and some of the songs even have... dare I say it... actual meaning.

For a moment, it seems that all the posturing and attitude is simply a mask that hides them from all of the pain, anger and violence surrounding their lives. Songs like "Young" and "This Love, This hate" give you brief glimpses six young guys, drowned in material desire, that are screaming to anyone for a reason to go on. "Paradise Lost," Swan Song's epic finish, seems like the perfect ending leaving me to contemplate whether or not Hollywood Undead still has a soul left to save.

In conclusion, I think that Swan Songs was a good first release for H.U. In the future it would be nice to hear some music that isn’t so explicit, but since I realize that will never happen, I’ll be happy with what I have.

“God I've tried, am I lost in your eyes?"

Maybe not yet, Produca'.

Recommended Tracks:
Everywhere I Go
Paradise Lost
California
This Love This Hate



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Zippermouth
November 20th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've always wanted to review this, but I never had the guts. Hope a like it, please give me some feedback.

withintention
November 20th 2008


297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Decent review, although you didn't explain the music too much. Also, if this is the most vulgar wannabe rap you've heard listen to more rap, believe me this is shit.

Zippermouth
November 20th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I didnt get too much into the music, because there isnt a whole lot to get in to. None of the guys actually play an instrument its all electronic. I focused pretty heavily on the vocals.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
November 20th 2008


4957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yeah but electronic counts as music...This Message Edited On 11.20.08

Zippermouth
November 20th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Aight, I'll go back later an give a little more space to the music.

Abaddon2005
November 20th 2008


684 Comments


City is a pretty good song, but as a whole this just sucks.

Zippermouth
November 20th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

City is an awesome song.
Btw, for digging The Faceless, you are now awesome.

foreverendeared
November 20th 2008


14678 Comments


Although they would like you to believe otherwise, Hollywood Undead hasn’t brought anything new to the table with Swan Songs
should be "haven't"
using emo and rap
this is HARDLY a fusion of "emo and rap"
The drums are are electronic
double word
back beats are slick and smooth, the aren't
should be "they"
Its still fun
should be It's
ok you should probably check the rest since this was all in the first two paragraphs alone. sorry to nitpick, but i'm sure you don't want your review plagued with grammar mistakes

EDIT: also this one in the second paragraph
your in the wrong place
should be "you're">This Message Edited On 11.20.08

Zippermouth
November 20th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I dont really care if you nitpick. I'd rather you nitpick than me look like an idiot. Thanks.

foreverendeared
November 20th 2008


14678 Comments


no prob. good stuff. pos'd

BallsToTheWall
November 20th 2008


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fuck those haters I see,
Cause I hate that you breathe,
I see you duck,
You little punk,
You little fucking disease,
I got H.U. tatted on the front of my arm,
Boulevard,
Brass knuckles in the back of the car,
Cause we drunk drive Cadillacs- we never go far,
And when you see us motherfuckers,
Better know who we are.


I got one thing to say to punk asses who hate,
Motherfuckers who don't know what,
You better watch what you say
From these industry fucks,
To these faggot ass punks,
You don't know what it takes,
To get this motherfucking truck.

I'm sorry but I eat this shit up. Nice review. Album sucks but I like it. And the guitars are a little more prominant than you say.This Message Edited On 11.20.08

bastard
November 20th 2008


3435 Comments


band blows.

Zippermouth
November 20th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey well I got to thank you for giving an example of H.U.'s explicit langauge. Thanks for the positive feedback guys. I think I'm getting a little better at this...



BallsToTheWall
November 20th 2008


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nothing is more vulgar than Johnny 3-Tear's verse in No.5. The mother line is priceless.

Zippermouth
November 20th 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Absoulutely.
drunk as **** about to pass out,
destination your mother's couch!
Ew is it true you screwed my mom?
**** yeah bro that ***** was bomb!

sEby146
February 16th 2010


177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to listen to this shit last november. These guys blow but the album is somewhat enjoyable.

Hollywood Undead,
Get it through your head,
Download this song,
Put in your IPOD,
Fuck that, put it
On your homepage.
You’ll be the coolest kid
On fucking myspace.

I'm at the scene club,
Told Jeffree star to beat it.
Cause I left her a comment
And saw that bitch delete it.
And that’s fucked up because
I sent it from my sidekick
You got beef?
Meet me on Franklin and highland!!

Cheers for shitty lyrics!

BMXer2014
May 11th 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How old are all the people that comment on this? Like 30+? None of the kids give a crap what you guys review this as. Concidering you're all wrong. They didn't start to please older people. Their song Young is about how adults make kids how we are today. When they say "Yes we wave this flag of hatred, but you're the ones who mad it" they're saying that the younger generation is bad but adults are who made us like this. Also they're saying that the older generation blames the younger for everything when it's really them. We never wanted to be like this but the older generation made us what we are today.

Dryden
May 11th 2010


13284 Comments


im 65

Slipping Away
May 11th 2010


1261 Comments


Man I never realized these guys were so deep, thanks for enlightening us.

Counterfeit
May 11th 2010


17819 Comments


BMXer, if it makes you feel better, I'm 15 and think this sucks asshole.

just sayin.



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