Review Summary: You rap, you rock, but how can I take you seriously when you can't yourself. You scream of loss then laugh because you get women drunk. But in the end will you be saved?1 of 3 thought this review was well written
Hollywood Undead began making hip hop/ rock music in 2005, and in 2008 they released their first full album Swan Songs. The gang of fools is made of Deuce, Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, and Funny Man. Hollywood Undead is undoubtedly hard to categorize. Are they rock? hip hop? emo? alternative? I don't know, but I do know they have variety. Half of their debut album is emo rap rock with songs like "Sell Your Soul" and "Paradise Lost" while the other half is filled with garbage hip hop songs such as "Everywhere I go" and "Pimpin'". But is Swan Songs as a whole any good? The answer is surprisingly yes.
The album kicks off with the incredibly vulgar "Undead" and the dark "Sell Your Soul". Undead is a kick starting anthem which shows you just what you're in for for the rest of the album by chanting "UNDEAD!" and screaming at haters. Then Sell Your Soul takes you on a dark ride showing you the pain of these six young men. But then in Every Where I Go theyh laugh about screwing women and poppin' 40's which makes the previous two songs feel irrelevant and worthless. The next two tracks "No Other Place" and "No.5" do the exact same thing as Hollywood Undead make fun of themselves.
Then the album brings itself out of the grave with "Young" another anthem for the young teens who feel hopeless. It's powerful and Johnny 3 Tears gives one of his best performances. Next they get even darker with the most depressing song on the album "Black Dahlia" where J-Dog screams "I used to be love struck, no I'm just f***ed up! Pull up my sleeves and see the pattern of my cuts!" and rap about how a loved one betrayed and used him. Then Deuce gives a pop solo ouput called " This Love This Hate" where he tries to rap but he does a horrible job. While quite meaningful it's still performed poorly.
The rest of the album follows a similar form, after some dark and good rock songs they pull out two or three garbage hip hop party tracks. The best of the party tracks is easily "California" which is more of a combination between the hip hop and rock with guitar riffs and shouts. The stand out moments of the last part of the album are "City" and the excellent album closer "Paradise Lost". Hollywood Undead chants about burning down a city, using trees as torches and getting gassed and being forced to breathe. Finally they ask for they're souls to be saved in Paradise Lost singing "Just let me burn, it's what I deserve. God I've lied am I lost in your eyes".
In conclusion, Hollywood Undead have made a mixed bag. The filled half of their debut album with great rap rock songs and cluttered the other half with poor hip hop party songs. Their style is memorable good or bad. For most this will probably be a memorable album but not a truly positive memory. In the end Hollywood Undead's debut left me satisfied with their attempt and the six fools can still be saved.