Hollywood Undead
Swan Songs


1.0
awful

Review

by sinnersparadice USER (14 Reviews)
January 11th, 2009 | 33 replies | 7,271 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


6 of 11 thought this review was well written

Hollywood Undead seems to be a little behind its time in many aspects. For one, the guys wear a series of masks that look like something Slipknot would create on an "off" day, spend half of the tracks rapping in the "snotty white boy" style along the lines of Limp Bizkit, and the other half crooning half-baked Linkin Park-style angst rock. This doesn't particularly make sense. What the band is apparently trying to tell us is that they are "hardcore", but they have a sensitive side. They come off convincing as neither. What the band really comes across is the kind of high-level poseur who would produce two different forms of commercial music in a vain attempt to appeal to the masses in what is arguably the most pathetic act committed in hip hop since Soulja Boy -- which would perhaps prove Nas right when he stated that hip hop was dead.

Hollywood Undead is as embarrassing as Soulja Boy, if only in terms of lyrical quality, particularly in such gems as:

*** those haters I see
Cause I hate that you breathe


Everywhere I go
Bitches always know
That Charlie Scene has got
A weenie that he loves to show


Ladies show me your
Treats like its Halloween
You got a fake I.D. and you're 17
I'm a complete catastrophe
Buzzing around you like a bumble bee


Let's take some shots
Do a beer run and flip off a cop
Girls give me props and there on my jock
Paris Hilton said, 'That's hot'
When she saw my cock! That's hot


And, perhaps most cringe-inducing:

My clothes are always retro
Sexual like I'm hetero
And I play a bitch like Nintendo


In between the singing and rapping, there is also quite a lot of hard-rock screaming and bad nu-metal. One listen to "Undead", and you can tell how behind-the-times Hollywood Undead are. That combination of metal guitars, rapped vocals and screaming might have sounded fresh back in 1998, but while such a fusion could be entertaining if done well, Hollywood Undead sound like they're intentionally trying to play down to a specific audience.

Who is the intended audience here? Does no one care because most people only buy the singles? Does anyone listen to this band's music at all? The rappers -- Charlie Scene, Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Funny Man, Da Kurlzz, and Tha Producer curse not like fratboys, but more along the lines of a child that has just learned all of the curse words in the entirety of Hollywood Undead's Swan Songs. Furthermore, the overuse of the word "faggot" is troubling. Swan Songs is an extremely poor effort. I cannot recommend this to any form of listeners. It is extremely poor in both lyrical and musical terms, and it is not enjoyable. Avoid at all costs.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MassiveAttack
January 11th 2009



2688 Comments



My clothes are always retro
Sexual like I'm hetero
And I play a bitch like Nintendo

lol that is classic

bastard
January 11th 2009



3435 Comments


I agree and you say everything you need to for this review without repeating yourself too much. Although I'd recommend commas be used more, particularly in the last few sentences, its a good review, worthy of a pos.

BallsToTheWall
January 11th 2009



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys do suck, but I like em, for too long tb h. My favorite lyric of all time.

Fuck those haters I see,
'Cause I hate that you breathe,
I see you duck, you little punk, you little fucking disease.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

bastard
January 11th 2009



3435 Comments


your opinion on this confuses me, but i won't waste this thread interrogating you about it because its been discussed on your own thread.

neurosisxeno
January 11th 2009



69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm hardly saying they are the best group out there, but they are hardly as bad as Souljaboi that repeats the same damn line for 4 straight minutes to terrible bass-lines while dancing like he has a combination of Parkinson's and Epilepsy.

Also, if you're going to rate every Hip-Hop artist by their worst rhymes everyone is guilty. I can find a TERRIBLE verse from almost any well respected hip-hop artist, including the ones that I love.This Message Edited On 01.11.09

SnackaryBinx
January 11th 2009



2309 Comments


1 bad rhyme by a lot of great artists vs. 14 tracks of horrendous rhymes on one album.

bastard
January 11th 2009



3435 Comments


I'm hardly saying they are the best group out there, but they are hardly as bad as Souljaboi that repeats the same damn line for 4 straight minutes to terrible bass-lines while dancing like he has a combination of Parkinson's and Epilepsy.


umm... these guys are pretty much that terrible, plus the baby of the guy from Linkin Park singing the chorus's.


exactly what SnackaryBinx said, both for Soulja Boy and this band.This Message Edited On 01.11.09

neurosisxeno
January 11th 2009



69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wouldn't say the album is the worst effort made, but as a debut album it's not too bad. I enjoy listening to it from time to time.

Also, it's a stretch to say this album has no enjoyable qualities. Even horrendous artists have made pretty good tracks. The other artist listed negatively was Limp Bizkit, and no one can convince me that the track Boiler is not a fairly great song, even having been done by them.

SnackaryBinx
January 11th 2009



2309 Comments


Limp Bizkit have never made a good track. Any passable track made by them is instantly made terrible by the fact Fred Durst will eventually open his mouth.

bastard
January 11th 2009



3435 Comments


Fred Dizzle in the Hizzle

illmitch
January 12th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

wow this is absolutely horrible. id rather listen to soulja boy than this shit...at least soulja boy has some decent beats. cosign on the 1.This Message Edited On 01.12.09

McP3000
January 12th 2009



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this band needs to die in a fire

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2009



7023 Comments


Horrible review.

Digging: FKA twigs - LP1

SCREAM!
January 12th 2009



10038 Comments


Half the review is lyrics. YOu spend way too much time talking abotu the lyrics and not enough time talking about anything else. I see no mention of beats, guitar parts, drums, or anything.

Im sorry but bad review

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

gaslightanthem
January 12th 2009



5209 Comments


SCREAM!

bastard
January 12th 2009



3435 Comments


well what if the lyrics are such a heavily distracting point in the music that it takes away from everything else. This album is pretty much like that.

SCREAM!
January 12th 2009



10038 Comments


He should still mention the other aspects of the album no matter how horrid the lyrics may be

illmitch
January 12th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the man has a point

SCREAM!
January 13th 2009



10038 Comments


The only thing really saving this reviw is that its for an album thats generally disliked. If someone worte a negative review in this same style for an album that is liked, the reviewer wouldve gotten flamed to death

gaslightanthem
January 13th 2009



5209 Comments


eeurghThis Message Edited On 01.13.09



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