Drop Dead, Gorgeous
Hot N' Heavy


3.5
great

Review

by Ryan Cleary USER (16 Reviews)
June 20th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Far from original, but nowhere close to bad, the latest effort from scene wailers Drop Dead, Gorgeous is a notable improvement over their last two releases.

It seems just recently that many were bashing the immature screeches of In Vogue or snickering at the laughably disturbing concept of Worse Than A Fairy Tale. Those criticisms were indeed warranted; both of this post-hardcore five-piece’s previous efforts were heavily flawed, displaying an immature band; one with a good deal of (oftentimes ignored) potential, and one more than capable of breaking from the horde of other scene bands. The Hot N’ Heavy shows a good deal of progression in reaching that potential, with a good balance of aggression and melody. The vocals are now bearable, even enjoyable in spots, and the instrumentation is tighter, particularly the rhythm section.

Right from the outset, it is clear that this is no longer the DDG of old. Pop influence is evident in the music now, as breakdowns have been largely replaced by heavier melodic sections. Opener Killing A Classic showcases the new sound exceptionally well, offering a good balance of heavy, harsh sections and more melodic areas. Southern Lovin’ and Beat the Devil Out Of It continue this trend, both being catchy, well done tunes that display the evolved sound of the band. The latter also features one of the few breakdowns on the record.

The real gem from this record is Two Birds One Stone. Perhaps the song with the most pop influence, the track is catchy beyond measure, and succeeds in capturing the dark vibe the band so passionately seeks. It carries a vaguely pop-punk rhythm throughout, and features a massive sing-a-long chorus. The song really shows what the band can do when firing on all cylinders, and is without a doubt among the best they’ve ever produced. Closer We’re Planning, God’s Laughing is a great track, though an experimental oddity of a song. The intro features anguished screaming backed by sparse drumming and Shikari style electronica. The drumming then becomes frantic and the song then erupts into a dark, rolling avalanche of drum distortion with ghostly vocals soaring overhead.

Now this album is far from perfect, and carries a good deal of negatives. The Internet Killed The Video Star is absolutely abhorrent, only to be saved by a strong outro consuming the last 40 seconds or so. The song actually reminds me of a piece of excrement Enter Shikari produced between records, as it features unbearably bad lyrics, bland instrumentation and barrages of poorly done electronica elements. Can’t Fight Biology can only be described as inexcusable, the vocals being pathetic, even sounding off key in places. Having these tracks back to back does not help. The album also begins to drag after a while, as the songs have little variation in their structure. Frontman Danny Stillman’s clean vocals are for the most part much improved, though he has lapses of sounding like his old self. Several tracks sound like In Vogue retreads, and the harsh vocals are essentially the same, though used less.

However, the real surprise for me on this record was the improved instrumentation across the board. The guitar leads on songs like Two Birds One Stone, Fame, and Dirtier Than You Want To Know show that guitarist Kyle Browning has the ability, though it is clear he does not always use it. Drummer Danny Cooper was the greatest treat, using extensive double bass, and laying down some great fills throughout the album. He has clearly evolved as a musician between records. The bass is absent, though that seems to be the norm with music nowadays. The musical improvement of Drop Dead, Gorgeous really is the primary reason for the quality of the record.

Bottom Line: A good listen, though nothing groundbreaking, The Hot N’ Heavy shows that DDG has matured and started to find themselves as artists, though a good deal of growth is still required for the band for reach it’s potential.

3.5/5

Highlights:
Two Birds One Stone
Killing A Classic
Southern Lovin’ (Belle Of The Ball)
We’re Planning, God’s Laughing



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Comments:Add a Comment 
shortone323
June 20th 2009


883 Comments


This seems good to me. I think I've listened to them before, but they never got my attention.

sspedding
June 20th 2009


4897 Comments


agree with some of the points you raise in this. It is much better than their other albums. Still difficult to really accept legitimately.

sspedding
June 20th 2009


4897 Comments


i mean the album, the review is ok blad. Dressed For Friend Requests however still stands as their best tune.

gaslightanthem
June 20th 2009


5209 Comments


english slang

sspedding
June 20th 2009


4897 Comments


thanks for clearing that up.

blahblah94
June 23rd 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, but I disagree. I don't like the clean singing at all so that's probably why I hate the album, they did get better at songwriting at least.

combustion07
June 25th 2009


5420 Comments


Pos'd what the fucks with the negs this is a good review.
I might have to check this out, I don't care for what I've heard by them but I haven't heard much.

Comatorium.
June 27th 2009


4589 Comments


i love bitches who neg without commenting.

Comatorium.
June 27th 2009


4589 Comments


i pos'd.

Coggyswell
July 7th 2009


112 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is much better than anything they've done. The album really caught me off guard with how catchy it was.



As far as the review, the intro paragraph could use some tightening. Other than that it was good.

ebay
July 16th 2009


501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

nice review. the album as a whole isn't anything original but "two birds one stone" is one of the best songs i've heard recently. i like the sound they're leaning towards now, it is much more bearable than the frenzy of sound they used to make.

jd234
August 26th 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review was great outlined all that DDG were in the past and what they are now...



They have truely matured alot.

cirq
September 8th 2009


9325 Comments


Condom album cover

qdgyu
October 1st 2009


34 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For me, this band has been good/bad/great. I have always liked In Vogue, I thought it was a decent album, Really did not like Worse Than A Fairy Tale, I thought that was pretty bad, and now, with Hot N' Heavy, it seems as their all around sound has greatly improved. I was very impressed with this album. I can only hope they keep pushing their sound in this direction.

ErasersAtBothEnds
October 25th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review pos'd



this album reminds me a lot of go west young man by greeley estates, maybe not as nuanced but still good



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