Deuce
Nine Lives


3.0
good

Review

by simonpettersen USER (18 Reviews)
April 21st, 2012 | 259 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Swan Songs part 2: A constant rollercoaster between really good, and really bad.

Aron Erlichman (aka Deuce) is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. He gained critical acclaim as the lead singer of the rap rock group Hollywood Undead and their hits such as “Everywhere I Go”, “Undead” and “Young”. In early 2010, it was announced that Deuce was no longer a part of Hollywood Undead, siting musical differences as the reason for his departure. Ever since his departure however, there has been a constant feud between the two sides where Deuce accused them for kicking him out unfairly and claimed to have written all the songs from “Swan Songs”, their debut album.

“Nine Lives” is Deuce’s debut album and it clearly carries on the sound Hollywood Undead created for themselves on their debut featuring lyrics about being intoxicated, sexual encounters, screamed vocals and mixing between the genres rock, hip hop, emo and metal.

As much as I thought I’d hate this album with all of my guts, I don’t. I find it really catchy and the first tree tracks “Let’s Get It Cracking”, “America” and “Help Me” are really enjoyable. Musically there’s nothing really impressive on “Nine Lives”, it features the same elements of “Swan Songs” with a solid mix of “party songs” and “rocks songs”. The songs are repetitive and all follow the same chorus-verse-bridge-formula. If this was a rock album by a full band, this would really set me off, but seeing how this is a rap album I don’t mind it being repetitive. It is meant to be fun and enjoyable, it’s not meant in any way to be an impressive piece of art.

There is one thing however that really sets me off about this album; it’s a constant rollercoaster between really good, and really bad. Each song features parts that are well written and catchy (mostly the choruses), while others are simply dreadful, most of them being so because of the quest artist, Jeffree Star in particular. I am normally not a person to criticize musicians and how they decide to go on with their business, but the case of Jeffree Star makes me a bit curious… I believe Deuce and Jeffree Star must be long time friends or something, because I can’t possibly imagine that when Deuce heard through Jeffree Star’s parts on the album that he thought it was anything above average. I like being open minded about musicians, which works for the other guest artists Truth, Ronnie Radke, Gadget, Veze Skante, Travie McCoy and Skee-Lo whom all adds to the songs quality, especially Ronnie Radke. I enjoy his work with Escape the Fate and Falling in Reverse, but I never in my wildest dreams imagined that he would actually RAP on “Nobody Likes Me”. To be fair, he’s the only thing I really enjoy about that track. But back to Jeffree Star… I really cannot look at him as a serious musician, especially with lyrics like these:

Second verse from “Feaky Now”
Pull my hair, scratch my back, beat me like Rihanna
I love ass to mouth & black cock like Obama
What? We showed you how to turn off the lights
So give me some ***in' Twilight neck bites

The album isn’t all bad though, and credit should be given where credit is due, and Deuce is a mastermind when it comes to writing catchy hooks, which are mostly the highpoint of every song. As for Deuce skills as a rapper… let me put it like this, there is a reason why he didn’t rap too much on “Swan Songs”. I won’t accuse him for being bad rapper, because he certainly has his moments to shine in the verses throughout the records, but there’s are also some really awful moments as well, like “Let’s Get it Crackin’” and his rapping parts on it.

As for the lyrics: given that Hollywood Undead were never ones to care about whom liked their lyrics or not… with “Nine Lives” Deuce has gone off the hook! The lyrics are hilariously bad: Half of them center round him being intoxicated and having sexual encounters (like most Hollywood Undead songs), but the other half featured whiney lyrics about his self-pity and how (actual song title) “Nobody Likes Me”. On tracks like “Nobody Likes Me” it is really hard to know either to take him serious or not, while on tracks like the cheerful third single “Help Me” even though it’s about him criticizing the criticism, you can have a good laugh about it. Especially with the video for the song which features Deuce wearing a mask resembling the face of former American president, George W. Bush. On “Swan Songs” it felt like Hollywood Undead still had some king of restriction as to how far and how direct they wanted to be with their lyrics. His lyrics are insulting and vulgar, and as much as I enjoyed the lyrics on “Swan Songs”, I am simply not able to enjoy them on “Nine Lives”, which is a really bad thing for a rap album.

First verse of “Let’s Get It Crackin’”
Here I come rubbin' on your girl's clit and on her bum
Oops, look what I found, a nice little wonder bra
She must be young, cuz I barely get on her rum
Next we turn the hips
So I can keep on rubbin' 'em
Broke a hole in her butt while I'm suckin' on her titties
That's fun, cuz I can do all three at once
Bust a nut, let it drip, drip from her tongue
Slut, I just gave you anal, you still licked it up

Deuce might be an ass that’s too damn full of himself, but he has managed to create and enjoyable debut, to some degree at least… If you enjoyed “Swan Songs” and doesn’t mind Deuce being a self-scented a-hole throughout the whole album, then you’ll probably like this. If you’ve never heard of him before, give the three first tracks a listen, if you don’t like them the rest won’t convince you either, but remember to keep an open mind for vulgar lyrics and such. If you didn’t like “Swan Songs” and thought it was too vulgar then wow, stay far away from this album!

The official release date of “Nine Lives” is April 21st, but the album is currently streaming ahead of its release date on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/4BcR6RtLD3LQ5xee4gaxJv#



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Comments:Add a Comment 
RosaParks
April 21st 2012


14908 Comments


this is probably terrible

Funeralopolis
April 22nd 2012


11354 Comments


lyrics are present

Digging: No Joy - Wait to Pleasure

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this album is what american tragedy should have been tbh

tragedy had what, 1 killer? (Comin' in Hot, ya herd me)

this has like 4

Digging: Chris Brown - X

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Oh, my God... that's Mr. Petterson.

That's my dad's friend. He comes over to dinner all the time with his wife.


Really? Hey, Petterson!

Dude, what are you...What are you doing, man??


Yeah, you! Get over here!

Goddamn, Petterson, haven't seen your black ass in ages.



LucasTrem
April 22nd 2012


52 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

say my name and you might get shot
its 9 lives, 9 lives, motherfucker, till i drop

RosaParks
April 22nd 2012


14908 Comments


the song with ronnie radke is so bad
i have a feeling this whole album is nothing but "FUCKING FIGHT ME WHY THE FUCK WONT YOU FIGHT ME FIGHT ME I DARE YOU TO FIGHT ME"

TrstN01
April 22nd 2012


800 Comments


When Jeffree Star is my favorite part of a song, that's sad. America is the only song that I ever want to listen to again. Speaking of America, I'm pretty sure that I've heard the chorus melody before.

TrstN01
April 22nd 2012


800 Comments


Also, "quest artist" should be "guest artist" I think.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@rosa: the travis mccoy song and let's get it crackin' are two horrorcore gems in the tradition of swan songs. "the one" feels like a conceptual sequel to save your soul. the album is actually legit awesome.

xorax
April 22nd 2012


96 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm really loving 'I Came To Party', such a catchy tune.

Tyrael
April 22nd 2012


20876 Comments


this isn't all THAT bad but it's certainly not good either

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

Tyrael
April 22nd 2012


20876 Comments


sputnik's bad taste authority

FourthReich
April 22nd 2012


17555 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

it's so boring especially, "nobody likes me".

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

ok so like if significant other, TDBY, Chocolate starfish, gold cobra, devil w/o a cause, MMLP, SShLP, TES are 5's (basically perfect albums)

swan songs is like a 4.5

this is like a 3

american tragedy is like a 2

thats how music works

RosaParks
April 22nd 2012


14908 Comments


swan songs is like a 1.5
this is like a 0.3
american tragedy is like a -13
that's how music twerks

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

lol my bad i forgot that like, last month or whatever you became this uppity douche that ALL OF THE SUDDEN doesn't think its funny to listen to skinny white dorks from the burbs put on masks and act about all the felonies they would be committing if they werent skinny white dorks from the burbs. My bad i didn't know this was a sigur ros thread. If you want me to I can start bottling my farts for you but you have to pay shipping.

RosaParks
April 22nd 2012


14908 Comments


what lol

Tyrael
April 22nd 2012


20876 Comments


what he's saying is:

1 month ago you were simply a retard

but now you're an elitist retard

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

^yea


except like it's not working out so well for you

RosaParks
April 22nd 2012


14908 Comments


i think i can live with that



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