Bad Rabbits
American Nightmare


4.0
excellent

Review

by ification CONTRIBUTOR (72 Reviews)
November 27th, 2016 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bad Rabbits get real with us.

American Love, for all its groove and sensuality, was not a blueprint for a lasting product. It oozed confidence in its presentation, especially in Fredua Boakye’s vocal performance, but ultimately felt shallow, lacking a reason beyond simple catchiness to ever return once the initial honeymoon phase wore off. Two more albums of American Love and Bad Rabbits’ career could easily have been reduced to a song or two being played at a Ross Clothing or a dance club and the band was clearly capable of more. Fortunately, Bad Rabbits made the simple yet marvelous decision to become a rock band, one that retains all the soul and energy of their previous releases while adding some much-needed substance in the form of instrumentals that work with the vocals, not for them, and some subject matter deeper than the female species. Thematically, American Nightmare occupies the same soul-punx realm inhabited by bands like letlive. The funky synths that have been a staple of Bat Rabbits’ sound have been discarded and replaced with a groovy blend of alt-rock and jazzy post-hardcore that surprising comes across as quite effortless despite the drastic musical shift here.

Make no mistake, this is more than Bad Rabbits with guitars, this is Bad Rabbits who show an edge and fire they’ve never even hinted at before. “Original”, the fastest song on the album, sees Boakye’s vocals start off in typical soaring fashion before surprising the listener with his unique harsh voice that is an easy highlight of the album. “Faceless” is another hard-hitting banger that is probably the most complete example of Bad Rabbits’ evolution. The band (like in many points throughout American Nightmare) carries the song with a pumping bass line and pounding drums that projects such a different tone than what American Love had it’s hard as an old fan not to appreciate and respect what you’re hearing. In addition to this welcome edge displayed, American Nightmare contains its somber and pensive moments as well. “WWYD” is not only the most beautiful song on the album, it serves as the most powerful song on the album as Boakye lets loose with his views on America’s police and their treatment of minorities. And as the song ends with a list of names from high profile incidents involving police and African Americans the feeling really sets in that Bad Rabbits are a changed band.

Above it all American Nightmare is organic. The effortlessness displayed here is what separates American Nightmare from the current iteration of letlive or other similar groups. The music never becomes too technical or strays too far away from the Bad Rabbits core. It never tries to be groovy, it just is groovy, it never tries to add soulful elements, it just is soulful. This inherent property, which is only accomplished by certain musicians somehow finding each other and somehow clicking, eliminates all pretensions prevalent in the genre and paves the way for the listener to just enjoy the music of American Nightmare by Bad Rabbits, the rock band.



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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2016


15616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

please point out mistakes. This was a very pleasant surprise



Album is free here: http://www.badrabbits.com/





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Sinternet
November 27th 2016


13670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules hard from the couple of disjointed listens ive given it so far



nice review man

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2016


30519 Comments


its yor fuckin NIGHTMAAARE

owen
November 27th 2016


4751 Comments


they'll sound like jacobi wichita on the next album

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2016


15616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks sin, I was worried about this group for reals after american love (as good as that was) but no longer

BeyondCosby
November 28th 2016


1470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Especially as the year winds down, this is definitely on my "Check before the year ends" list.

VaxXi
November 28th 2016


3674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

outstanding review as always calc

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Hopelust
November 28th 2016


2647 Comments


Ugh thought this was a new american nightmare album.

beachdude
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2016


838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic review. This album really surprised me in so many ways... they went a long way towards showing that they're more than the band people thought they were (which was already great).

Ebola
November 28th 2016


2560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man, this is really cool. Great review too

DatsNotDaMetulz
November 28th 2016


3251 Comments


Fuck when I first saw this I thought it was a new American Nightmare album and got stupidly hyped. Little bit disappointed now.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2016


15616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

vax,beach,ebola, thanks brothers



hope,metulz, I'd like to apologize on behalf of the band for their album name and invite you to take a listen if you're in the mood for some funky, soulful rock music.

ProjectFreak
November 29th 2016


1858 Comments


"occupies the same soul-punx realm inhabited by bands like letlive."

and also has weirdly similar album art

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Cygnatti
November 29th 2016


31484 Comments


pos'd, bud. :] hope, i dig this one since the debut LP was pretty hit-or-miss.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2016


15616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've never known with you chipmunk, never known. and yeah project I actually didn't catch that lol

Cygnatti
November 29th 2016


31484 Comments


hehe, i was gonna say "wait, did i show u this band, or did u show me this band??" bc i honestly can't remember.
but i guess this solves that mystery (old alt strikes again): http://i.imgur.com/WiFhU0z.png

TooManyFriends
November 29th 2016


2369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yo this bangs

Kronzo
November 29th 2016


1303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of my favourite albums this year, love the coheed-esque ending on My Song

BeyondCosby
November 29th 2016


1470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is pretty fun.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2016


15616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://i.imgur.com/WiFhU0z.png





lol



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