The Wildhearts
The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed


2.5
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Review

by Brendan M. USER (32 Reviews)
July 20th, 2014 | 13 replies | 392 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fun, catchy, and occasionally heavy power-pop, but not much more.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

The Wildhearts are a bit of an interesting band. Being a 90s band, there seems to be a certain charm to them that you would expect from the grunge era, and they certainly possess this feeling. People consider them to be a mix of Cheap Trick’s power pop, and Metallica’s heaviness, which is something one could expect from a 90s band with the rise of poppy alt rock. Their career seems to have been rather crippled by drug problems, various feuds with record labels, but most of this seems to have fallen on their singer and one constant member, Ginger. They broke up in 1997 after having some chart success, but soon they would reform in 2001 for a reunion record. It’s title was The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed, and it seems to be business as usual.

This is the kind of record where as soon as the opener began, I knew what I was getting. Opener “Nexus Icon” seemed to have most of what the album’s other tracks contained; which were poppy choruses, emphasis on guitar riffs, and this fun mix of pop and hard rock/heavy metal. Sure enough, that’s what most of the tracks are. This is a good example of what many would call a “summer record”; it’s just catchy, hooky fun that would fit well at an amusement park for instance. But, for actual listening, this album didn’t seem to have much to offer. Sure, it’s fun and catchy, but the songs often follow the same formula, which makes this feel more like an album that would be driven by a hit single. The lyrical themes seem to be vague, but the way they’re written can be funny or biting, which offers more fun. The musicianship is excellent, but most of the songs are driven by hooks so the band as a whole doesn’t really ever come forward. This doesn’t mean that the band needs guitar solos or anything, because they occasionally come out and deliver one, but the rhythm section generally feels faceless.

If you’re looking for some fun, catchy music to listen to during the summer, this record will most likely satisfy you. As a traditional listening experience though, this record feels ridden with filler and formulaic songwriting, despite delivering fun hooks quite often. The mix of heaviness and power pop of course had its moments, but this is a record that would most likely only sound good if played during a party or something like that. Check it out if you’re looking for some fun rock music, but don’t expect true greatness.



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BMDrummer
July 20th 2014



4462 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My review for the random album game, let me know if this is good!

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laughingman22
July 20th 2014



1365 Comments


good review, pos

also love your bjork avatar

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BMDrummer
July 20th 2014



4462 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks, hail to the queen

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 20th 2014



4930 Comments


Sweet review bro, pos'd.

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SitarHero
July 20th 2014



4607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dang, just 2.5?

BMDrummer
July 20th 2014



4462 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not a fan of this type of music too much tbh

SitarHero
July 20th 2014



4607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

With a name like BMDrummer I wouldn't imagine so. This was the first Wildhearts album I ever heard so it got me hooked and I have a soft spot for it. It's definitely their tamest album though. You might enjoy their heavier offerings though.

ExplosiveOranges
July 20th 2014



1543 Comments


Short but sweet. Have a pos.

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BMDrummer
July 20th 2014



4462 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Might check more Wildhearts, but yeah music like this generally doesn't appeal to me much

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
July 21st 2014



1892 Comments


good review, easily the worst Wildhearts album

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emprorzurg
July 21st 2014



510 Comments


disagreed hard Arcade, Endless Nameless takes that title for me

Feather
July 21st 2014



1162 Comments


pos, good review. Too bad you didn't enjoy it more. I will never check this out.

BMDrummer
July 21st 2014



4462 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

don't completely take it from me, I'm not the guy to ask about fun music tbh



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