Insane Clown Posse
Bang! Pow! Boom!


1.0
awful

Review

by CutMan USER (4 Reviews)
February 24th, 2010 | 132 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Remember that kid from high school who laughed every time anyone said "penis"? He probably listens to Insane Clown Posse.

Sometimes bands exist peripherally to you. You know they're over there, but for whatever reason, you've ignored them. But the noise gets louder and louder from that direction, your eyes start drifting towards them, because you want to know what that's all about. So... I decided to step into the carnival that Insane Clown Posse are supposed to represent, see what this is all about. What is this that inspires so many incredibly fanatical cult followers and such intense detractors? I grabbed a copy of their latest album, Bang! Pow! Boom! (green version), to find out.

I entered the experience and was immediately worried by the intro. Creatively titled "Intro". I'm one for theatrics, but knowing what little I knew about this band, something about it just didn't set well with me. But, look, it's over and the first real track begins, "The Clowns Are Back". Circus flavored music, pretty welcoming. Not bad as an extended opener, they probably open their shows with this. My worries lessened, this wasn't the worst thing I'd ever heard. It wasn't good, but it seemed forgivable as an opener.

But then things began for real. It was time for the real songs, no more introductions, this was what the album was going to offer. "In Yo Face". What are these lyrics? Really? The first verse was fine, a call out to fans, bad mouthing people who pretend to be fans... But the next verse; condoms getting stuck in mustaches, "wang to the mouth", "from Pluto to Uranus, we underground famous." Yeah. I'm in for a very juvenile ride. (And, by the way, you know a band is "underground famous" when their T-shirts and CDs are in Hot Topic and their board game is being sold a few stores down in Spencer's Gifts.)

"The Bone" was less painful, I got a slight Cake vibe from it's vocal delivery, "Zombie Slide" was not as funny or fun as they clearly meant it to be- this is when I realized I wasn't sure when they were serious or when they were trying to be funny. "To Catch A Predator" is ridiculous but entertaining in the way that watching people hurt themselves is, "Boing Boing" is a pathetic, misogynistic bragging fest about how much "bitches" want his apparently amazing penis. It's huge. They love it. You as jealous as I am, homie? Word.

This seems like a good time to share something I realized about them. They're very much one trick ponies. Every song follows the same formulas. You're not going to hear any new tricks from one song to another, production or musically. The rapping verses almost always follow the same brand of flow, a very basic matching of the beats, which are often incredibly basic themselves. It renders all of their raps obnoxiously similar, after a while, you get very tired of them. None stand out from each other at all.

Also, an aside, some lyrical research reveals a strange hypocrisy in this albums strong anti-pedophile lyrics. Past songs such as "The Neden Game" off of The Great Milenko spoke of admiring a thirteen year old's "tits", and the song "Lil' Somethin' Somethin'" off of Riddle Box actually talks about engaging in anal sex with a girl who "can't be a day over fifteen". I guess after having their own kids, things like that stopped being so cool or funny.

Back to the album, it just goes on and on, I don't think I need to give a blow by blow. More crude high school humor about dicks, sex, violence, misogyny, all mix together into a soggy, foul smelling stew of mediocrity. And, my God, "Miracles" nearly killed me. I think this song really sums up the intelligence level of this group. It would seem their theory on life is that everything is magic. Everything. Including giraffes and "f*cking rainbows". "Water, fire, air and dirt. F*ckin' magnets, how do they work? And I don't wanna talk to a scientist, ya'll motherf*ckers lyin' and gettin' me pissed."

Clearly this band has succeeded by appealing to the lowest common denominator. They suck them in with their created world, The Dark Carnival, by naming them, and by making them feel like they're a part of something big. But to us on the outside, it's just mediocre music and terrible lyrics. Go listen to one of my recommendations, this is awful.


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Lunarfall
February 24th 2010


3179 Comments


Check out the lovely bell curve on the 51 people who rated the album.

[img]http://jamie-online.com/random-jamz/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/facepalm.jpg[/img]

Review is kinda meh to be honest, but you were reviewing an ICP album, so it really doesn't matter.

TRMshadow
February 24th 2010


4982 Comments


Nice Dig, For that alone I'll give this a pos

PirateSquid
February 24th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

how can you give these guys a bad review. songs like this are genius

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W7cVBqMF2Q

These lyrics are poetry in its purest form.

Burn2Burn
February 24th 2010


2378 Comments


^^ that's one of the songs I actually like of theirs haha

americanmusicmachine
February 24th 2010


3953 Comments


more people (about 5) need to give this a 4.5 to perfect lunarfall's bell curve.

americanmusicmachine
February 24th 2010


3953 Comments


actually we also need 8 more 5's, 1 2.5, 6 2's, and 1 1.5.

Burn2Burn
February 24th 2010


2378 Comments


5'd

PirateSquid
February 24th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I can give you every single song of ICP:

"Fuck the haters
They're all gay homos
We have distorted lyrics
we have really bad 'crazy' circus personas,
which'll never get old, fuck"

I think I can send this to them and maybe get some money.

CutMan
February 24th 2010


1793 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Lunarfall: I was honestly going to give them a "very poor" or "poor" at first, but as it kept going... The album is so glaringly not good. *shrugs* How would you say I could have done better review-wise?

TRMshadow: Thank you.



TRMshadow
February 24th 2010


4982 Comments


you deserve the pos even more because you have The Millennium Earl as your Pic.

CutMan
February 24th 2010


1793 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You have good taste. XD

PirateSquid
February 24th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

According to your summary I'm the biggest ICP fan ever

ShadowAmI
February 24th 2010


1542 Comments


ive always avoided this band but that opening line about penis is making me want to check it out.
jk homie

Asiatic667
February 24th 2010


4648 Comments


that summary is great

tiesthatbind
February 24th 2010


7380 Comments


I've heard some really bad things about this band. I've never heard a song and don't want to.

Digging: Poets of the Fall - Twilight Theater

ReturnToRock
February 24th 2010


3448 Comments


Nice review. Haven't read your first or 2nd, I think, but you either started off already strong, or you are quickly improving. My third review wasn't this good by a longshot. Good job, we need more rookie users with your level of quality.

ReturnToRock
February 24th 2010


3448 Comments


Ace summary BTW. I would've LOL'd if I wasn't in public.

Eclectic
February 24th 2010


3302 Comments


I really enjoyed the review, pos'd.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
February 24th 2010


4951 Comments


damn where'd all the ICP fanboys go? There used to be like 5 or so guys that trolled ICP and ICP affiliate reviews.

mynameismudd

bloc
February 24th 2010


35010 Comments


penis




lol

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition



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