Swollen Members
Heavy


4.5
superb

Review

by LiveWire420 USER (3 Reviews)
June 15th, 2006 | 35 replies | 5,125 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


For this album Swollen Members are:

Mad Child- MC
Prevail- MC
Moka Only- MC/Vocals
Rob the Viking- DJ

I’m just going to get right to it.

The Intro is just Prevail thanking all of his fans for supporting the group. The album starts with a nice party jam. The only difference between this and other party jams is the dark lyrics. Not necessarily depressing but dark nonetheless:
“Now that’s terror you should call me the crypt keeper
Smokin' green reefer with the grim reaper
I’m the kind of rapper you should keep in your household
Turn up the heat because everything in my mouth cold
I’m a ball of ice and rock
Hurling words at a speed that’s unorthodox
Clashing worlds, Pandora’s Box
Burning herb, twenty past four o’clock
When my cell mates loose all hell breaks loose"


There is a lot of unintentional irony on the CD because Mad Child and Prevail try to be “hard" when really they are nerds, plain and simple. Prevail has a tattoo of the Spiderman logo on his arm, enough said. The nerdiness can be heard throughout the album because they are constantly making Marvel Comic references. The second song, Watch This, talks about how Swollen Members came up. It has the cliché, “we’re the best" mentality that all rappers have, but it works. I certainly do not want to hear any artist who is not confident in his/her ability. There are times when the songs get inspirational with lines such as:
“Got a need to be stable and make profit
Net cash, and flip it, and triple it, watch this
Plus, what good is the dough if you can’t blow it
What good is the goal if you stay below it
Fools talk it when they ain't got it
Come out your wallet if you really ballin’
If you about it then you won’t be stallin’"


The next song, Bottom Line, is also pretty cliché. It uses the “don’t mess with us" vibe. At this point the nerdiness begins to take over when Mad Child starts rapping about Donkey Kong and Pacman. I may call songs on this album cliché but that does not mean that the songs are in any way bad. At this point almost every topic you can think of is a cliché. The beat on Bottom Line is heavy and is perfect for blasting when you’re driving on a summer day. Prevail has a great flow and Mad Child is a unique artist. Mad Child often gets criticized for not always rapping on beat, but that’s his style. And I must say that it works for him and because he makes it work it’s a breath of fresh air. Burn It Down is another great song that showcases some of the darkness that Prevail is so great at bringing out of himself:
“Battered I'm tattooed
Voice deeper than Abru
When I'm in a bad mood
This is my neighborhood
A place where you never could
Get over it’s over for you
You'd run if you knew what was good
For your health
I ain't huntin' for no one else
And there's no one else here
So you can quit yellin’ for help
Its like the house of 1000 corpses
For some its hideous
To me its gorgeous"


The next song, Remember The Name, is very chill. The song starts with the sound of water dripping which eventually transforms into wood blocks. The wood blocks add the mellow feel. Also, Evidence from Dilated Peoples makes a cameo on this track. The next track, Therapy, is where Mad Child attacks his critics. In the song Mad Child talks about how he runs his own label and that he owns all of the rights to his songs. Moka Only talks about how much patience it took to get where they are now and they don’t plan on going anywhere but foreword. It’s actually very inspirational. Don’t Know Why is a song where the three MCs talk about their character flaws and how we all make mistakes because no one is one dimensional. A very intelligent track and definitely a high light of the CD. The majority of the CD is Swollen Members talking about their history and how much work they put in to get where they are, that is until we get to Paranoia. My favorite track on the entire CD. The title of the song is exactly what the song is about. The first verse describes the mood of the song well enough:
“Sometimes I stare at the wall when I'm alone in my room
I'm an abusive reclusive like Dr. Doom
Parts of darkness descend and consume me
You won't believe the gloomy thoughts that run through me
I'm proof playing heads if you spend the night
You leave the next day like 'I don't think his head's on right'
I try to talk to myself but I don't listen
I've got split personalities in competition
And which one's the man, that I...I've got issues
I could be standing in front of your face and I'm not with you
Schizophrenia, Shayne's brains distorted
Sorta compulsive, obsessive, disorder
Mathematical pattern addict with defect mind
Before I go to bed I hit the light switch seven times
Yes it's on, never mind, put the knife back
Mad Child I'm out of my mind, but I'll be right back"


After that song All Night is a great change of pace. Very fun party song with more Marvel references from Prevail. The next song, Heat, has a great beat. The intro is one of the greatest things I have ever heard. Ambush is another great song with a fantastic beat. In this song Swollen Members talk about how they aren’t going anywhere but up. You can feel the determination in their words. These guys are definitely driven. 7 minutes into the last song we are treated to a hidden track called Sensational Breed. This track is where Moka Only gets a chance to shine. The chorus will get you pumped for anything and Moka’s verse is very strong. The only reason I’m not giving this CD a 5 is the skits. Hidden throughout the CD are skits of Swollen Members prank calling a pizza place. The first time I heard these skits I laughed, but after a very short while the skits get annoying and take away from the high energy that this CD has.

All in all, if you are a fan of underground hip-hop I highly recommend this group. They have a lot of energy and the lyrics are quality. If you want something darker I suggest you pick up Bad Dreams or Balance before you get Heavy, but Heavy is a definite must own CD.

Overall:
4.5/5

Recommended Tracks:
Bottom Line
Don’t Know Why
Paranoia
Heat
Ambush


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Comments:Add a Comment 
LiveWire420
June 15th 2006



90 Comments


This is my first review, and as you can tell I have no idea how to format anything.

CowboyBebop
June 16th 2006



5 Comments


This album is their attempt to sound mainstream. I'd strongly recommend buying Balance and/or Bad Dreams first before Heavy .

Honeymoon_Croon
June 16th 2006



297 Comments


If you're going to quote lyrics, use the quote boxes. [ quote ] insert lyrics here [ /quote ] Like that, except without the space between the brackets and the word quote.
Is it just me, or is hip-hop been getting more love the past few days on here?

LiveWire420
June 16th 2006



90 Comments


How do I edit my review?

Honeymoon_Croon
June 16th 2006



297 Comments


Go to "my profile" and under your profile pic, their should be a button that says "edit my reviews"

metallicaman8
June 16th 2006



4677 Comments


Not a very good review. Space it out better.

Swollen Members= worst possible band name ever

LiveWire420
June 16th 2006



90 Comments


The story goes they were drunk at Dennys when they came up with the name.

PS. Where can I learn how to format these reviews?This Message Edited On 06.16.06

SCREAM!
June 16th 2006



9590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I usually write it on Word than copy/paste it on the site.This Message Edited On 06.16.06

LiveWire420
June 16th 2006



90 Comments


That's what I did but it didn't paste the way I wrote it.

SCREAM!
June 16th 2006



9590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

then i don't knowThis Message Edited On 06.16.06

metallicaman8
June 16th 2006



4677 Comments


"The story goes they were drunk at Dennys when they came up with the name"

Drunk at Denny's= they're lame

SCREAM!
June 16th 2006



9590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I actually liked them back when i was into rap. But now i can't bear to listen to them.

LiveWire420
June 16th 2006



90 Comments


Why aren't you into rap anymore?

CushMG15
June 16th 2006



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love this cd. Lyrically its not as strong as previous releases, but the beats on this are fucking great brilliant.

A lot of the lyrics on this album are about how they can sound mainstream and still appeal to their underground fans. The intros and outros of the cd are them talking about how they made this cd for all their real fans, that were with them from the start. This isn't an "attempt to sound mainstream." This pure gold at sounding mainstream and still making some damn good music.

This review doesn't do the album justice, but you obviously put in the effort. You'll get better with time.

SCREAM!
June 16th 2006



9590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My taste in music just changed. I slowly got into pop-punk then metal. And now metal, metalcore, nu-metal, power metal and some death metal(or black im not sure what the difference is).

LiveWire420
June 16th 2006



90 Comments


Thanks, CushMG15This Message Edited On 06.16.06

CushMG15
June 16th 2006



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And there's absolutely nothing wrong with being drunk at Denny's.

Denny's wouldn't have even survived in the Prohibition Era.

metallicaman8
June 16th 2006



4677 Comments


"A lot of the lyrics on this album are about how they can sound mainstream and still appeal to their underground fans. The intros and outros of the cd are them talking about how they made this cd for all their real fans, that were with them from the start. This isn't an "attempt to sound mainstream." This pure gold at sounding mainstream and still making some damn good music."

That's what the review is for.

Zesty Mordant
June 16th 2006



1196 Comments


Drunk at Denny's= they're lame

Drunk at Denny's = fucking awesome.
And Swollen Members really fell of after Balance, which was OK to begin with.

SCREAM!
June 16th 2006



9590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

One more thing, you should put the lyrics in italics instead of [].

To put stuff in italics all you do is [ i ] Text [ /i ] without the spaces.This Message Edited On 06.16.06



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