Zebrahead
Waste of Mind


3.5
great

Review

by Hunter Ramirez USER (39 Reviews)
December 11th, 2009 | 20 replies | 6,379 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Waste of Mind isn't a bad waste of time

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Zebrahead has always been the odd-man out in pop punk groups, hell even most punk bands! The group’s guitarist/vocalist Justin sounds a lot like the Offspring’s Dexter, while the group’s second vocalist Ali raps with a lot of speed, style, and clarity. The band’s sound is equally composed of pop punk, rap, and funk. There’s a strong Primus influence on a lot of the songs with the bass easily heard, and some of the bass riffs wouldn’t be too hard to imagine on a Les Claypool album. There’s also a light ska/reggae influence on some songs.

I must confess I didn’t really like a lot of these songs on the first listen, but then I found myself loving it on my second listen. The first song “Check” is defiantly fast, and takes up a Beastie Boys influence. It’s one of the most enjoyable songs on the entire album. I must admit this song was one of the many off this album stuck in my head, after only 1 listen. “Get Back” was one of the ones I didn’t really like at all on my first listen, but then I found myself singing the chorus later. This song features a nice balance of Ali, and Justin’s vocals, you get just enough rap as you get pop punk. “The Real Me” is a straight up alternative rock song with some ska influences evident. It sounds a lot like an Offspring’s song to be quite honest. “Someday“ is also another song that I liked on my first listen, it also shares an equal bit of rapcore with pop punk and therefore is one of the album upsides. “Waste of Mind“ funk is nice and evident on this track, which is nicely complimented by Ali‘s rapping. This song is an oddity cause it‘s the chorus not the verses that bog this song down. Still nice listen, the reggae-ish guitar solo in the end is a good listen. “Feel This Way” actually has a nice chorus, but doesn’t have enough of really anything to keep my interest. “Walk Away” almost directly borrows it’s structure from the album opener Check with a different chorus, it’s an okay song, but simply feels like a retread, a retread that lacks the energy of the first song. “Big Shot” is kind of redundant cause the song implies that people lose themselves when they get famous *cough, cough*. It’s also one of the more balanced songs on this album, but even throws in some Primus funk right in the middle. A catchy tune, and an enjoyable tune. “Swing” is one of the few funk-ish based songs with a nice catchy chorus. “Jag Off” is not pop punk, just a straight-up punk rock song it is topped off with a ska based riff. Overall this song doesn’t make an attempt to be near as catchy as the other songs, and falls flat after the first listen. “Time” is a combination of Check and Get Back. However it is the fastest, heaviest, and one of the most energetic listens on the album. “Move On” seems almost like a song that seems to be lifted from Sublime, it’s defiantly upbeat, and it’ll get you to the next song. However it tries so hard to be catchy, but fails. “Fly Daze” features a small skit by the band, and almost tries it hand at Rick Astley. It ends up being a pale listen after “this is Ron Jeremy”. I was expecting a really bad song with the name of “Bootylicious Vinyl”, but is ridiculously catchy. Seriously, it’s that damn catchy! After 1 listen this’ll be stuck in your head for days.

Even though I appreciate the original approach to the genre, and It’s certainly something you can enjoy listening to. There’s just not much a difference between the songs to make this an album to be remembered for. If you’ve come for fun, catchy, energetic songs, you’ll get exactly what you ordered.

Pros-
Almost every song is incredibly catchy
Fast, & clear rapping with lots of style

Cons-
A lot of the songs sound so similar

Recommended tracks-
Check
Get Back
The Real Me
Bootylicious Vinyl

Songs to skip-
Walk Away
Move On
Fly Daze



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ThePalestMexican
December 11th 2009



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

A little longer then I intended it to be >_<

Constructive criticism is always welcome as always.

acADHDemy
December 11th 2009



1129 Comments


you should always try to avoid broad genre-defining generalizations, especially when you don't seem to know what you're talking about. Also, reviews should be primarily about the music, not about the reviewer's 'personal musical evolution' or other lame crap like that.

I recommend cutting the entire huge first paragraph. That would bring you closer to your intended length.

I pos'd btw, if only for your rating and your digging.

Cerbyrus
December 11th 2009



568 Comments


I remember listening to Check all day long on THPS3.

ThePalestMexican
December 11th 2009



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah someone else pointing that out to me, and I was like "really?", if I knew that I would've gotten into this band a lot earlier.

ThePalestMexican
December 12th 2009



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

alright, note to self, keep personal notes out of reviews

Parallels
December 12th 2009



6640 Comments


The Real Me & Feel This Way are their best IMO.


Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2009



8317 Comments


all i know of this bands, is that when playing Flat Out, I was wishing so bad these guys would not come on on the player again :P

review is pretty average, sorry. Some pointers:
1) try to stray away from tbt's. Use an overall format.
2) proofread your review, or let someone else do it for you who's good at writing, as this has a LOT of awkward sentences and misspellings
3) it's "definitely" not "defiantly"
4) try to limit the size your paragraphs. 2nd paragraph here is just too big; it's unpleasant to read it like it is.
5) saying "I" is not forbidden, but you do it waaaay too often. Try to limit that next time

just trying to help you improve man :-)


ThePalestMexican
December 13th 2009



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Alright cool, this review isn't my best by any means.
and yeah, I got a lot of correcting to do

Foxhound
December 13th 2009



4570 Comments


Primus influenced? count me in.

random
December 22nd 2009



2256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually once saw this album for 1.99. Is this worth picking up at that price?

WatchItExplode
December 22nd 2009



3203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes...pretty catchy. Also, Ron Jeremy does an introduction to Fly Daze

ThePalestMexican
December 24th 2009



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'd say so, I bought this album for $4

random
December 26th 2009



2256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember Check from THPS 3. Good times.

random
July 26th 2011



2256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Check and Get Back both rule.

Parallels
August 24th 2011



6640 Comments


california nonsense ftw

WatchItExplode
August 24th 2011



3203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dig this album

Shiduba
April 4th 2012



424 Comments


I feel this album would be better if it just had Check 14 times.

random
August 1st 2012



2256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Get Back" rules.

Owantjaaaa
April 16th 2013



3200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't listen to this anymore, the funk parts with ali rapping are great
But the pop-punk parts are too cheesy

Digging: 411 - This Isn't Me

Luminara
October 11th 2013



83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

CHECK CHECK CHECK!!



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