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|Ten Decent Songs (From Abysmal Albums)|
Diamonds in the sludge.
"Scream" - The problem with this record is Timbaland's bombarding production that more often than not filters out any of the great vocal melodies that Chris delivers. Thankfully this title track is decent enough to get past the obnoxious engineering. With Cornell delivering a typically-excellent vocal performance and some strong writing at play, in lines like "doesn't matter what I've done or if I even crossed the line, you start to holler, go in for blood, girl, it doesn't have to be a fight", it makes this song a refreshing break from dreck such as: "that b!#@$ ain't a part of me, no, that b!#@$ ain't a part of me, I said no, that b!#@$ ain't a part of me, no, that b!#@$ ain't a part-a, part-a, part-a, OW!". The acoustic version of "Scream" is far better (of course), though the separate pop-rock versions of both "Never Far Away" and "Long Gone" are superior to anything on this disappointing mess of an album that is overlong and bloated with Timbaland's nonsense.
|2||Theory of a Deadman|
"History of Violence" - A welcome break from Theory's usual brand of blatant misogyny, this song benefits from a surprisingly mature take on this difficult subject-matter of a woman in an abusive relationship. Lyrics like "the city's on fire, the streets are a riot" are strangely relevant to what we have going on in our world today and vocalist Tyler Connolly sounds better here than he has in years. This is the only decent song on this outright dreadful album, featuring such "classy hits" as "White Boy" and "Ted Bundy". Remarkably bad, but "History of Violence" is worth a listen. So there's that.
|3||3 Doors Down|
Time of My Life
"Every Time You Go" - Just a cheesy, happy-go-lucky song that would probably annoy the hell out of anyone else, but I have a bit of a soft-spot for 3 Doors Down, so I can dig it. Though the opening and closing tracks are (admittedly) pretty decent as well, "Every Time You Go" is the happiest I've ever heard these guys perform and it's a welcome break from the schmaltzy rubbish found in "When You're Young"; the teeth-grinding, ear-piercing lead single from this pitiful record.
The Long Road
"Believe It or Not" - Believe it or not, there exists good Nickelback songs. This is one of them. Appearing on the underrated destructive-racing game FlatOut 2, "Believe It or Not" is a welcome blast of straight-up rock 'n roll from these butt-rockin' Canadians. The chorus here is especially rising and the track itself features the typical hallmarks of every "uplifting" Nickelback song, within lines such as "everyone need advice on how to get along" and "faith is so hard to find", though there's a back-and-forth effect to way this song is written that is a lot more akin to their better efforts; most notably both "Leader of Men", "Cowboy Hat" and "Breathe" off of The State.
"Still Frame" - This song, with its orgasmic choruses and heavy-duty guitar melodies, will leave you feeling headstrong and ready to take on anyone (thanks, Anthony Fantano).
"Enemy" - One of the most hilariously bad music-videos ever. There was a point in-time, as a young (dumb) kid, where I didn't mind this album. It has a few okay songs here and there, even a somewhat decent cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" for good measure, but this record really isn't that good. It is far superior to that piece of trash known as Desensitized, which is one of the worst albums ever, though that's not saying much. "Enemy" is fast, ferocious and features a fiery vocal performance from Ryan McCombs; who has much more of a personality and presence than Jason "Gong" Jones on Desensitized.
|7||Moments in Grace|
"Broken Promises" - What a colossal disappointment. I grew up loving the PS2 video-game Burnout 3: Takedown, it has one of the greatest soundtracks ever, and "Broken Promises" left quite the impression. Unfortunately this album never reached the peak that this song set and it's one of the whiniest, depressing records I've heard in quite sometime. "Broken Promises" is quite the opposite though, as it blazes by on an extremely-catchy chorus and stellar instrumentals throughout. Not much to say here, just a damn good track on a dog-gone dreadful album.
"There and Back Again" - To this day, this is still Chris Daughtry's most energetic vocal performance. Rollicking riffs and instantly gripping, this was a great song on a boring whimper of a record.
"Broken" - "WAKE ME UP!" Remember "Bring Me to Life"? 12 Stones vocalist Paul McCoy certainly should, since the hit-single went on to receive a Grammy for "Best Hard Rock Performance" back in '04 and the Wikipedia page for the song is larger than the 12 Stones page. "Broken" is a perfectly mediocre little rocker of a song that has some screaming to open and close on, along with some sharp (albeit basic) guitar melodies. Nothing to write home about, but a fine track that saves this already bland Christian rock record from being a complete bore.
"Rock 'N Roll Train" - One of my favorite singles from AC/DC on what is (easily) their worst album. Black Ice was an overhyped, repetitive chore to get through. So much of this record is what people criticize the band for: every song sounds the same. Thankfully lead single, and opening song, "Rock 'N Roll Train" is a winner with an instantaneously catchy intro and a rollicking chorus that should make any AC/DC fan smile. It's just a shame that nothing will ever take away from the utter disappointment of this album as a whole though.
|0/10 - Not enough "Headstrong".|
|oh damn, you meant like ABYSMAL albums|
Rock n Roll Train rules hard tho, agreed.
I used to love 37 Stitches off of that Drowning Pool record in middle school, never cared for enemy tho
|Haha. Yup. These are some truly ABYSMAL albums lol. I loved "Rock 'N Roll Train" so much that I thought Black Ice would be one of their best records... but no, it was a fantastic single mixed in with a ton of trash. "37 Stitches" is pretty good. I seem to be in the minority on "Enemy" from what I've researched. I just think it's catchy as hell and it's probably the Drowning Pool song that I've listened to the most (other than "Sinner", which is probably my favorite DP track), so of course it had to be here.|
|lol that is very fair. I was a huge drowning pool fan at that age, cause they are the band that kick started my love of music |
Really great list man!
|Thanks, Minus. In the words of Sean Connery: you're the man now, dog.|
|"Scream" is the only song I know from Scream and I always thought it was shit, you're telling me the rest is even worse?|
|Absolutely. The album is just garbage. I bought it thinking it'd be like his previous solo records. Nope. Nothing at all like those ones (except for Cornell on vocals). I'd say check out the pop-rock version of "Long Gone" if you're interested, it's a pretty fun song (definitely the happiest I've ever seen/heard Chris be as far as music videos are concerned).|
|I actually dig 8 - has a hint of an AIC vibe. At least Scream wasn’t a snore fest like some of Chris Cornell’s other solo albums. Chris Cornell in Soundgarden was godhead...but elsewhere... no. 9 blows hard.|
|I'd rather Chris Cornell lull me to sleep than have my ears bleeding after listening to over an hour of Timbaland's atrocious production on Scream. I do not get an Alice in Chains vibe from that Daughtry album whatsoever. At least we can agree that #9 blows hard though. No disagreement there, my friend.|
|Agree on Still Frame. I love that song but I do not care for anything else I have heard from Trapt.|
I actually just re listened to Broken from 12 Stones a little bit ago and it was a fun little hard rocker, and damn, did the bridge hit me with a huge wave of nostalgia.
|This list is rock n roll’s obituary|
|Halo on fire from hardwired|
|That music video is an embarrassment. Metallica are such a bunch of self-congratulatory morons. Those extras mouthing the words to the song made me laugh my ass off. I just can't with modern-day Metallica. Their last great record was S&M (and that's because of the awesome orchestra).|
|S and m 2 is coming soon apparently|
|Yeah. I'm not a fan of that song at all. The vocals from James are just atrocious. If that's the best song on the album, that's pathetic. Overlong, cookie-cutter garbage. Really glad I stopped listening to them after Death Magnetic (the only song I liked on that was the single "The Day That Never Comes").|
|I heard. It'll probably be pretty damn good. I don't like Metallica much these days, but they've always thrown spectacular live shows.|
|AC/DC's worst album is Rock or Bust, by far. Their best single is either Thunderstruck or You Shook Me...|
Poison - Stand (off 'Native Tongue')
Three Days Grace - Bully / World So Cold (off 'Life Starts Now')
The Darkness - Is It Just Me / Girlfriend (off 'One Way Ticket...')
KISS - Crazy Crazy Nights (off 'Crazy Nights')
KISS - Heaven's On Fire (off 'Animalize')
KISS - Uh! All Night (off 'Asylum')
KISS - Hide Your Heart / Forever (off 'Hot In The Shade')
AC/DC - Rock or Bust (off 'Rock or Bust')
Metallica - St. Anger / The Unnamed Feeling (off 'St. Anger')
Green Day - Baby Eyes / Amy (off '!Dos!')
Nickelback - Burn It To The Ground (off 'Dark Horse')
Ramones - The KKK Took My Baby Away (off 'Pleasant Dreams')
Ramones - Outsider / Psycho Therapy / Time Bomb (off 'Subterranean Jungle')
Ramones - I Wanna Live (off 'Halfway to Sanity')
Ramones - The Crusher / Scattergun (off '!Adios Amigos!')
Dee Dee Ramone - Hop Around / Rock'n'Roll Vacation in LA (off 'Hop Around')
Judas Priest - Cathedral Spires (off 'Jugulator')
Toy Dolls - Turtle Crazy (off 'Fat Bob's Feet')
Knell Odyssey - Invisible Horizons (off 'Sailing to Nowhere')
Milli Vanilli - Blame It On The Rain (off 'Girl You Know It's True')
|"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N Roll)" is my favorite AC/DC single. My favorite song by them is "Rock 'N Roll Singer".|