Hollywood Undead
Desperate Measures


1.5
very poor

Review

by Sputnik's official false metal authority USER (28 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They're just not funny any more.

Remember Hollywood Undead? That collective of drunken/drugged thugs that sung/rapped their way into the charts with wonderful sing-along anthems like Undead, Everywhere I Go and Young. After they dazzled the world with their debut album Swan Songs(the irony!) in 2008 they released a second 'album' in 2009 called Desperate Measures. Although I call it an album, it is simply a collection of six live songs with three new songs thrown in, topped off with a few covers and a remix of Everywhere I Go. Check this out.

On Desperate Measures, Hollywood Undead have taken up their rap game again. However, if you listen to a track like Dove And Grenade you can't help but feel that the songs sound quite empty, as if they simply rushed a few new tracks to make this cd feel like a real album. El Urgencia just sounds silly, missing the one thing that makes most of their songs bearable, their lead singer Deuce. At any rate, Tear It Up tops any rap song they have recorded before, especially the catchy chorus. This is actually by far the best song on the entire album.

As said, the album only features three new songs. It seems that they wanted to do something different than simply make a collection of songs (which Swan Songs really was), so they decided to throw in a few covers and a remix. While this may sound like a good idea,(a badass version of Motley Crüe's Shout at the Devil would have been great) the execution is far from that. In fact, the original songs seem to have been totally destroyed in the process. The covers sound like Hollywood Undead parodying themselves(yes, it's that bad), and the remix is just unbearable. I hope to God that Robert Plant never hears what they have done to Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song.

So, what's left of the album are the live songs. These could have totally saved the album, but they don't. In fact, they ram every tiny bit of potential this album could have had right into the ground. Hollywood Undead sound like a bunch of posers in the studio, but live, they sound truly awful. There is no energy in their performance and they can't even sing(they unfortunately do try to sing). They try so hard to sound badass, but really they just sound like a bunch of silly grownups who desperately want to relive their puberty. Not cool.

If you really want to punish yourself go ahead and try the DVD, but I'm done with this. Desperate Measures shows what kind of band Hollywood Undead really is. Outside of the studio they mean nothing. They are just as bland, soulless and talentless as any other average rock/rap band these days. Unless you are a big fan, stay the hell away.



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Tyrael
January 3rd 2011


20893 Comments


Felt like this needed a review.

fr33convict
January 3rd 2011


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

1.5 is a bit too generous for me. Good review, I would just call this a compilation though. Pos.

Tyrael
January 3rd 2011


20893 Comments


Yeah I wasn't really sure if it was a compilation or not because there are also new songs on it.
Thanks!

Strider
January 3rd 2011


4598 Comments


"They're just not funny any more."

Were they ever funny to begin with ?? Rhetorical question, of course.

Tyrael
January 3rd 2011


20893 Comments


Good point Strider.

Strider
January 3rd 2011


4598 Comments


good review but will not be checking this out, sorry bro

fr33convict
January 3rd 2011


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

good review but will not be checking this out, sorry bro

From the review it doesn't sound like he wants you to.

Strider
January 3rd 2011


4598 Comments


yeah, I guess...

Tyrael
January 3rd 2011


20893 Comments


"From the review it doesn't sound like he wants you to."

Exactly.

SCREAMorphine
January 3rd 2011


1756 Comments


Just look at them...

Tyrael
January 4th 2011


20893 Comments


Well, I got a few cheap laughs from songs like Everywhere I Go, and I know a lot of other people did too.

MyHits
February 23rd 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't know what everyone is talking about... I know I'm gonna get bashed big time for saying this, but Hollywood Undead is one of the greatest bands of all time. I think that their live performances are just as great as them being in the studio, I like the remix of everywhere I go, and I like the other new songs they added as well as the DVD.

TomLobban
April 14th 2011


29 Comments


Hollywood undead remind me of an unfunny, bland Beastie Boys cover band

metalent
September 20th 2011


33 Comments


i've always liked the energy that J3T and Charlie Scene brought to songs like Paradise Lost, Undead, and City. They are really the only reason i enjoy listening to some HU. Other than that, I pretty much agree



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