Mindless Behavior
All Around The World


1.5
very poor

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
March 19th, 2013 | 11 replies | 2,474 views


Release Date: 03/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oh it’s mindless alright.

While there really isn’t any other R&B boy bands targeted at a tweenage demographic in the mainstream pop charts at the moment, Mindless Behavior hardly do that niche proud with their sophomore album All Around the World. The album is a hideous mess of dubstep drops, club synth builds ripped straight from The Black Eyed Peas and Pitbull, snap and trap beats lifted from crunk, the overly polished production and whining wailing/boasting of Chris Brown, and is all wrapped together with a complete submergence in Auto-Tune.

All Around the World does at least attempt to cover more ground and styles than albums from other pop boy bands, trying to strike an equal balance between dance anthems and ballads, but what affects it the most is an overt impression of just plain irritation. Being only in their teens, Mindless Behavior makes music that’s free of blatantly addressed sexual themes and profanity in general, but they don’t go completely clean here, and instead settle on mild suggestive themes. Even then however, it’s nearly impossible to take this group seriously with their over-usage of slang like “shawty.”

The Hooks on All Around the World seem to try their hardest to be as annoying and insufferable as possible. The squeaky and nasally chorus of “I Lean (Lose It)” – which features Soulja Boy who makes any catchiness the song might have initially possessed unrevivable – is just a few octaves away from being an Alvin and the Chipmunks song, and “Pretty Girl” is almost of parody status in how brainless, lazy, and ineffective its simple and repetitious hook of “You’re a pretty/you’re a pretty girl” is.

Its main purpose is to be music made for fun, but every song on here borrows far too much from other urban dance and electro-pop albums/artists that have done the same sound as this better, and with more addictive beats and an actual sense of maturity. This leaves All Around the World as a sterilized and inoffensive husk of modern club music that lacks any fire or pizzazz, and only gains its diversity from copycat tactics alone. This album might have the potential of spawning a minimal of one or two short-lived hits at the most.



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breakingthefragile
March 18th 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The evil twins of One Direction.

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antigravity
March 18th 2013



522 Comments


we can't pos/neg contributor reviews anymore? sigh

sixdegrees
March 18th 2013



16696 Comments


wat do we have here

breakingthefragile
March 18th 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

A little late to the party on that one antigrav.

antigravity
March 18th 2013



522 Comments


i never noticed until now

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 19th 2013



10585 Comments


With the increased quantity of your reviews, your quality has plummeted.

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breakingthefragile
March 19th 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Do you now Hillary?

Tyrannic
March 19th 2013



3261 Comments


"Back Eyed Peas"

breakingthefragile
March 19th 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good catch, thanks. Fixed it.

Phragmine
March 24th 2013



36 Comments


Album cover is pretty nifty.

Music is meh.

cpimentel986
March 25th 2013



82 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

It is hideous



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