MC Lars
This Gigantic Robot Kills


4.5
superb

Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
May 21st, 2009 | 22 replies | 7,905 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hard-working nerd gives his faithful listeners one of 2009's funnest, funniest and freshest.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

When The Graduate hit in 2006, MC Lars was peering from the underground into mainstream culture (Hot Topic, scenesters, filesharing etc) with mic in hand and tounge in cheek. It all ended up being a wild success – so much so, that Lars Horris found himself on the road for two and a half years supporting it. Now, in 2009, it’s time for Lars to follow up on the success of “Download This Song”, “Signing Emo” et al. with a brand new studio album. This Gigantic Robot Kills, impressively enough, smoothly surpasses its predecessor with and endless flow of inventiveness, creative beats and a handful of perfectly tessellating cameos.

Just as key tracks on The Graduate served as more or less of a cultural time capsule, This Gigantic Robot Kills features references to some of the bigger issues inbetween now and 2006. Lars takes a swipe at popular video games (“Guitar Hero Hero”, featuring Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert), clueless indie snobs (the particularly hilarious “Hipster Girl”) and feeble attempts at environmentalism (“It’s Not Easy Being Green”, featuring nobody’s favourite Canadian, Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan). Whilst the subject matter might be relatively recent, you definitely get the feel that these tracks won’t age as badly as, say, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. Besides, they’re great fun and amidst the laughs, there’s a positive (albeit a little backhanded) message to be found.

Elsewhere, Horris tells tales of a variety of fascinating characters with his usual cheeky rhymes and relentless use of puns, quips and sneaky pop culture references. It is, ultimately, a playful and exciting musical adventure. Watch on with awe as a nineties ska kid takes over Orange County with a destructive robot in the slamming title track. Attempt to visualise the slums in which Lars finds himself when he visits his drummer’s house at “35 Laurel Drive”. Cheer as the “self-referential introduction song”, “True Player for Real”, blasts through your speakers lead by no-irony-intended accordion played by “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Whilst the bulk of Robot is in the terrain of classic MC Lars, there’s one track in the middle that distances itself completely from not only the rest of the album, but the rest of Lars’ discography. “Twenty-Three” is a pensive, melancholy tale of an old college roommate who committed suicide. The song works as both a retelling of their friendship and as a direct communication to his old friend. “Suicide was an answer”, says Lars at his most vulnerable, “but it wasn’t the solution”. Perhaps the song’s most bittersweet moment is a sample of Lars testing his recording equipment with the friend in question – an honest, heartbreaking eulogy; this is miles away from anything Horris has tackled before. As a result, this song alone is essential listening.

The best thing about the music of MC Lars is that you don’t necessarily have to be into hip-hop to enjoy his music – it’s very easily enjoyable for music fans from various niches on account of its witty humour and broad array of musical backing (ranging from solo-filled rock & roll to Baltimore club sounds). But most importantly, it’s the fact that Lars Horris genuinely just seems like a nice guy with a lot on his mind – not to mention a clever way of putting it all. No matter what you’re into, This Gigantic Robot Kills is highly recommended.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Spare
May 21st 2009



5223 Comments


didn't read but i'm sure review is ok good job

AtavanHalen
May 21st 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're awesome

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2009



8221 Comments


very nice review, easy pos. I should get this, I think I'll like it.

Oh and lol @ Spare

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Asiatic667
May 21st 2009



4647 Comments


I think I should like to try this

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 21st 2009



3752 Comments


really. really really? MC Lars? Really?

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AtavanHalen
May 21st 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@metal: woohoo
@Simon Cowell: For sure
@Streetlight: for srs

rasputin
May 21st 2009



14504 Comments


is MC Lars a REAL MC?

Spare
May 21st 2009



5223 Comments


2. "True Player for Real" (featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic & Wheatus)

Wheatus

ConorMichaelJoseph
May 21st 2009



1870 Comments


All of this seems pretty win, except for track 4

bastard
May 21st 2009



3435 Comments


i never liked MC Lars.

good review tho.

myhigherpie
May 21st 2009



3027 Comments


this guy's hilarious

Tits McGee
May 21st 2009



1876 Comments


Hate this guy tbh

Waior
May 21st 2009



11421 Comments


Yeah, good review.

yrisooow tho

Mirror.Circuit
May 21st 2009



223 Comments


I think Pierre being on it is actually taking a rip at "I'm just a kid"

AtavanHalen
May 21st 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You all seem to be missing the point.

ATAVANHALEN IS SICK


joshuatree
Emeritus
May 21st 2009



3743 Comments


this looks like shit

AtavanHalen
May 22nd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to it babe

spoon_of_grimbo
May 22nd 2009



2240 Comments


i heard "hey there ophelia" and immediately wanted to kill this fucker for having besmirched therapy?'s "screamager" in such a horrible way...

AtavanHalen
May 22nd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey There Ophelia is like one of the best tracks; wtf

elephantREVOLUTION
May 22nd 2009



2702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hipster girl is amazing! nice review

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