Hollywood Undead
Swan Songs


3.0
good

Review

by HughHarper USER (2 Reviews)
August 20th, 2009 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I give Swan Songs a 3/5 because of great songs like "Undead", but because of terrible ones like "Bottle and a Gun"

In 2005, two young men by the names of Deuce and J-Dog recorded a track called "The Kids" and posted it on their MySpace. They then added Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Funny Man, Johnny 3 Tears, and Shady Jeff. After recording a good amount of good music, Shady Jeff left, leaving the band with a remaining six members.

After spending a couple years looking for a label who wouldn't try to censor their music, they signed with A&M/Octone Records and released their debut album, Swan Songs. It contains fourteen tracks with only a few terrible ones. The album starts out with "Undead". Their most popular song, samples the riff from "Crazy Train" and is about their haters. "Sell Your Soul" contains two sung verses by Deuce and an amazing rap by Johnny 3 Tears. "Everywhere I Go", "No Other Place", and "No. 5" are all party jams. "Everywhere I Go" is the best of the three. "Young" is the best track on the album. It talks about problems faced by the youth of today. "Black Dahlia" is one of the darkest tracks on the album. It seems to be about an ex-lover. "This Love, This Hate" contains samples from their earlier song "Knife Called Lust". "Bottle and a Gun" is the most terrible track on the album due to an annoying hook and some lyrics that are just plain stupid. "California", another party song, and "City" are two more tracks that aren't that good. The ending of the album would've been better if "Pimpin" wasn't between "The Diary" and "Paradise Lost". "The Diary" is about J3T's life and "Paradise Lost" is one hell of an ending.

In conclusion, Swan Songs is one of the better rap/rock albums of the decade. If it wasn't for tracks like "Bottle and a Gun" and "Pimpin'" and had some of their better unreleased work, like "Circles", the album would have been way better. So I give Swan Songs a 3/5.

Tracks you need to hear:
"Undead"
"Sell Your Soul"
"Young"
"Black Dahlia"
"The Diary"
"Paradise Lost"

Tracks to avoid:
"Bottle and a Gun"
"Pimpin'"


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fromtheinside
August 20th 2009


18363 Comments


you should expand more, and talk about what makes the song "good" instead of just telling us that it is.
its also very short.
also this statement is false:

In conclusion, Swan Songs is one of the better rap/rock albums of the decade.


in other news, this album fucking blows.

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PanasonicYouth
August 20th 2009


7411 Comments


i don't get these guys.
and i don't like them.

LisbonGirls
August 20th 2009


832 Comments


album could do without the rapping

PanasonicYouth
August 20th 2009


7411 Comments


band could do without the masks and the faggotry

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2009


28582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

girl come and smoke my pole like a marlboro introduce me to your mom as charles

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combustion07
August 20th 2009


5362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Band is better than BrokenCYDE though, there are some guilty pleasures here...

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2009


28582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

charlie scene shake yor ass to the bass (wait till you see my face)

dylantheairplane
August 20th 2009


2170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I do like Black Dahlia. but thats about it

Knott-
Emeritus
August 20th 2009


10197 Comments


I haven't heard this but I heard a single on the radio and liked it.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2009


28582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

wear those tight jeans that show your ass crack

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2009


28582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

my first name gives vietnam flashbacks

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2009


28582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

pimpin is actually the worst song on the album tho

LegendofPittman
August 20th 2009


2944 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Bad review and bad rating IMO.

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2009


20857 Comments


Is the summary incomplete, or does it just not make sense?

metalcoremaXXXi
August 21st 2009


24 Comments


album rocks half your guys' face off. stop being idiots and pretentious pricks, jeeze get a life people.

MassiveAttack
August 21st 2009


2688 Comments


lol...

ninjuice
August 21st 2009


6760 Comments


The masochist in me wants to hear this at some point.

astrel
August 21st 2009


2614 Comments


not to be rude, but this review is objectively wrong.

Titan50
August 21st 2009


4588 Comments


Wanna give this a 1-star review as a "fuck you" to all my HU-loving friends

PanasonicYouth
August 21st 2009


7411 Comments


review is seriously meh. album is seriously shit, no matter what theacademy says.



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