Hot Chelle Rae
Whatever


1.5
very poor

Review

by Scott Krasman USER (31 Reviews)
February 18th, 2012 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sweet, a new frisbee!

Sometimes, I feel like mainstream radio is trolling me. It’s almost like they know ahead of time exactly what song is going to drive me completely insane. Every station seems to spare no efforts in ensuring that the particular song must be playing at all times whenever I am within earshot. To top it off, there is always a group of people who actively love the song and take every opportunity to belt out the chorus when they hear it in the background. This was the case with "Tonight, Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae, a nauseatingly catchy pop-rock single that made its way around the music world faster than Tiger Woods ruined his squeaky-clean reputation. It’s as simple and bland as a song can get, and that’s what makes it and the ridiculous amount of hype it generated so infuriating to listen to. Against my better instincts, I listened to the entirety of Whatever to see if there was any sort of musical variety whatsoever.

One glance at the artists behind the music says a lot more than it should. Every photo of these guys consists of squinting into the camera like there’s a rep for Hollister behind the cameraman. I’m not saying that egoism in music is a bad thing. Some of the most prolific artists in history have been egomaniacs, but they’ve also possessed the talent to back it up. These idiots just come off as being overconfident, though I suppose we’ve got the tone-deaf teenagers who worship them to thank for it. That cover art is about as unoriginal as it gets. I’m no expert, but I’m fairly sure that the four panel artist profile has been done before. In fact, just about everything on Whatever is recycled from similar pop-rock outfits that have long since lost their fifteen minutes of fame.

It’s almost impossible to remember individual tracks without looking for the titles, partly because they’re all equally terrible and partly because they blend together. I’ve never heard a band overuse the traditional pop song structure to this degree. Hear one song and you’ve pretty much heard them all. Surprisingly enough, “Tonight, Tonight” isn’t the most annoying song on the album. That dubious honour goes to “I Like It Like That”, an anthem fit for the average spoiled fourteen-year old with an iPhone. Lines like “Let’s get it on, yeah! Y’all can come along, everybody drinks on me!” must make English professors around the world shiver with pleasure. Of course, this would all be for nothing if the vocals weren't absolutely dripping with autotune. As if that wasn’t enough excitement to handle, there’s even a rap section with a Lil’ Wayne-wannabe to put things over the top. Just hand them a Grammy right now.

This album represents everything wrong with the state of mainstream music. There are so many talented artists in the world that struggle to make ends meet and gain even a shred of the fame that these guys have acquired over the past six months. Though Whatever isn’t the worst album I’ve ever heard, it’s among the most irritating in its refusal to progress past dry song patterns. While nobody’s forcing me to listen to it, I’m just going to have to get used to the fact that this garbage will exist as long as there is a market for it. Even if Hot Chelle Rae stopped making music forever, there would just be another clone waiting to take their place as “the next big thing”. I guess I’ll just duct tape my headphones to my ears.



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Scoot
February 17th 2012


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

gotta go shower

Ire
February 17th 2012


41780 Comments


it's a scoot review



LifeAsAChipmunk
February 17th 2012


4854 Comments


I was just talking about these guys...Wanted to review it but yours would probably be better anyways.

Score is correct.

pizzamachine
February 17th 2012


12571 Comments


nice summary

turnip90210
February 17th 2012


311 Comments


Fun read, you're critical but don't degenerate into rambling. Have a deserved pos.

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 17th 2012


4854 Comments


It's a Scoot review [2]

Boys Like Girls >>>> these guys. But they're still better than Metro Station.

@Pizza, I was gunna write a review that said "Is that you, Jonas Brothers?" I was contemplating on
whether or not adding this at the end: "I thought you guys died when Justin Bieber stole all your
fans."

Oh well.

Scoot
February 17th 2012


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah i definitely used that line before somewhere

changed

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 17th 2012


4854 Comments


I don't, I should be happy, I suppose.

Scoot
February 17th 2012


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"these guys remind me of the click five. remember those assholes?"

i forgot about them

Kris.
February 17th 2012


12345 Comments


http://tinyurl.com/6s2twut

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2012


50396 Comments


tonight tonight is the worst song ever
and fuck them for stealing Smashing Pumpkins song title

Digging: Viper the Rapper - You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack

Scoot
February 17th 2012


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

bottom right looks like a girl js

DarthMann
February 17th 2012


13815 Comments


awesome pos

Scoot
February 17th 2012


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

cheers

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 17th 2012


4854 Comments


"gabe would love this."

If only.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 17th 2012


7047 Comments


scoot's maddddd
niiiiiice

Scoot
February 17th 2012


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

embrace the anger

SCREAMorphine
February 17th 2012


1752 Comments


Great review, I would never consider listening to the full album

macadoolahicky
February 17th 2012


1835 Comments


Summary is gold

Scoot
February 17th 2012


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

it was a mistake^^



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