Insane Clown Posse
The Mighty Death Pop!


3.5
great

Review

by TommyIcedB USER (16 Reviews)
August 14th, 2012 | 366 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not too crude for the casual listener, not too commercial-sounding for the "Juggalos", Insane Clown Posse have brought us overall one of their most solid albums.

The Insane Clown Posse have always been the giant slop of Marmite on the world of music; they are looked upon with great disgust while still maintaining one of the strongest musical fanbases known to man. Their unique brand of hip-hop with crude, horror-oriented lyrics has always proven controversial, yet their records always sell like hot-cakes. Then along came 2009's 'Bang! Pow! Boom!', an album that attempted to bring in a whole new audience while still maintaining the existing fans, keeping their bizarre lyrical style while moving towards a generally more commercial sound. Instead, the album was met with uncertainty from just about everyone. The lyrics still proved off-putting to the new listener, while fans were offended, believing the wicked clowns were "going mainstream". It was going to be difficult to follow-up with a release to counteract on the negative effect that 'Bang! Pow! Boom!' left. Enter 'The Mighty Death Pop!', which actually turns out to be some of the clowns best material yet.

'The Mighty Death Pop!' continues the Dark Carnival mythos that the Insane Clown Posse have been creating since their debut 'Carnival of Carnage'. Details aside, the album opens with an appropriate intro introducing the latest character in the series of "Joker's Cards". This is then followed on by the titular track, which instantly sets the bar very high for the rest of the album. The track, which samples Hot Chocolate's 'Everyone's A Winner', instantly turns out to be some of the best material MC's Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have touched in a long time. Unlike most of the Insane Clown Posse's material, this song could definitely appeal to the wider audience they seek; the lyrics don't overdo it and the beat is generally enjoyable.

After the great opening however, 'The Mighty Death Pop!' faults where so many of the clown's other LPs have failed - it all generally becomes a mixed bag. We get some impressive work such as 'Night of the Chainsaw' and the fun track that is 'Juggalo Juice', however the album as a whole seems to falter at times with tracks like 'Kickin' Kickin'', which, despite being a song about a ninja, ends up being one of the more boring tracks off the album.

Lyrically, Insane Clown Posse have done what they do best: create controversial material. 'Shooting Stars' is a "diss song" against Chris Brown, a trend which continues with 'Dog Catchers', a song expressing great dislike for television star Dog the Bounty Hunter. However, it's the track 'Chris Benoit' that proves to be the most shocking. Upon the release of the music video, the song got a lot of backlash from listeners who were appalled by the songs subject matter: former professional wrestler Chris Benoit, whose life ended in a double murder and suicide. It seems like a nasty topic to tackle, and unfortunately ends up being some of the more bland, badly written lyrics on the album - "You did this, this you/(What the f*ck am I doing?/You got issues". Despite the negativity of 'Chris Benoit', the lyrics are generally much less crude than the likes of albums such as 'Riddle Box' or 'Ringmaster'.

After the audience splitting 'Bang! Pow! Boom!', 'The Mighty Death Pop!' strikes back as some of the best work the wicked clowns have done so far. The lyrics don't push it too far (bar 'Chris Benoit' of course) and the sound doesn't push too close to the "mainstream". This is far better than most of the clown's other albums and comes close to the likes of 'The Amazing Jeckyl Brothers', previously considered the Insane Clown Posse's best work. This is an album that could potentially please fans and casual listeners alike.



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TommyIcedB
August 14th 2012


24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm... no idea why the album art isn't working...

stranger
August 14th 2012


615 Comments


why the fuck do you have a cartoon pony as your avatar?

Calc
August 14th 2012


12372 Comments


these guys need to fight with Eminem again..

mindleviticus
August 14th 2012


8331 Comments


band sucks cock

I'm embarassed to say this, but The Ringmaster and The Amazing Jeckel Brothers were actually pretty awesome.

mindleviticus
August 14th 2012


8331 Comments


I'm going to make a review of this and the summary will be The Mighty Death Poop... lol just kidding

mindleviticus
August 14th 2012


8331 Comments


By the way, is there a stream of this?

macadoolahicky
August 14th 2012


1835 Comments


Well, it's released today, sooooo...

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2012


7464 Comments


I hate to say that but the review is decent. Pos'd. I've never felt a need to check out these guys and it's not going to change.

johnnyblaze
August 14th 2012


2637 Comments


11. SKREEEM!! (feat. Tech N9ne & Hopsin)

lol hopsin... mega fail

mindleviticus
August 14th 2012


8331 Comments


sellout motherfucker

breakingthefragile
August 14th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Goddamnit, I keep getting beat to reviewing these albums.

Digging: Molly Drake - Molly Drake

pcar
August 14th 2012


530 Comments


album slays

Counterfeit
August 14th 2012


17819 Comments


what the fuck there was supposed to be a limpbizkit feature where is it afeiodoawui

DetectiveStabler
August 14th 2012


34 Comments


gud review

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 14th 2012


4957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol

KINGSTATICTHETHIRD
August 14th 2012


613 Comments


the video for chris benoit is pretty hilarious. shot in 1080p so you can really see that face paint.

KINGSTATICTHETHIRD
August 14th 2012


613 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTUgVexUHDk

for reference

breakingthefragile
August 14th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sobhi, make this album your debut staff review man lol.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 14th 2012


4957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

all of my ratings were wiped one time when i 1'd the whole ICP discog

omnipanzer
August 14th 2012


21660 Comments


Same thing happened to me for 1ing the KISS discog although it was not intentional.



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