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.
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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.