All right My first review. I know I'm lacking detail seriously, but I can't seem to describe the album in the way that you could feel after you listen to it. So the only suggestion I have after you read this piece of trash review is to listen to some samples by heading to www.headautomatica.com
-edit-So how did i get into this band...Eh, I picked it up. Shopping around Sam Goody for anything new or different. Yes the hot dancer attracted me. But the buy was worth it.
Vocals- Daryl Palumbo
Guitars- Brandon Arnovick and Craig Bonich
Keyboard- Jim Greer
Bass- Josh Holden
Drums- Larry Gorman
A great cock rockin album to dance the night away with. Grab a can of beer while you're at it. I can't say there are similar bands, my selection in music is picky, so I'll leave it up to you.
Track by track, like the predecessors
"At the Speed of a yellow Bullet"
-Awesome High energy song, with a strong funk bass line. It's fast paced and Daryl sings in a way to make it "fun"...not really sure how else to put it. Listen to the damn album. 5/5
"Brooklyn is Burning"
-The pace slows, and the song gets a hip hop feel to it. Larry keeps the drums steady and the guitar sounds great with this, sort of a tweed distortion I think and the keyboards add a great feel to the song, for the few seconds they're played. 4.5/5
"Beating Hearts Baby"
-Pop Genius. Jesus Christ...this makes you wanna swing your mate up and dance the night into oblivion. Romantic pop feel, very different from Daryl's post hardcore style with glassjaw, but who cares"! He's been writing electronica for how long. This song is an incredible masterpiece.
"Please Please Please (Young Hollywood)"
Great song, awesome rhythm. I almost missed the guitars, I thought it was a sample the first time I heard it. The bass is strong again and Daryl's lyrics are moving, the story in a sense bitter lust. Hence the "let me annoint the lust inside you" Could Daryl be looking for booty" *scratches chin* aside from that the instrumentation is always a pleasure, with new and unusual guitar effects that add a nice tone to the song.
-I feel as though this is where Daryl returns to his Glassjaw roots, where a self-proclaimed great one is decried lyrically. It's a cool song, with crunching guitar, and it's actually pretty light. The vocals are good, I don't have a particular problem, but it's not quite my favorite song. The lyrics and tone just doesn't strike me.
Ah, great song, starts out right away with Daryl singing and some strings strummed shortly. It's really a touching song, the lyrics pull the emotions towards the sad area of the mind
"Dont' say I don't cut when I do, I do, I do.
Don't say I'm lying when I'm true, I'm true, I'm true..Don't say we're healing when it's just not what we do" A great song, really emotional for this album.
"Dance Party Plus"
The hottest song on this CD. It starts off an energetic guitar riff and the WHOLE band comes in strong, with Daryl screaming "Yow!" and the organs firing it up! Larry keeps the tempo up and guess who's featured on this track! The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez and a guy I can't remember his name, but his verse wasn't as energetic as Daryl's. Quite frankly, this is the most highly energized and simplistic song on the album. I give the track a:
"Disco Hades II"
Not a bad song at all, kind of a song to relax after Dance Party Plus. The riffs between after the refrains are quite interesting. Daryl is yipping and the guitars sound really clean. The lyrics in all aren't necessarily moving, but they provide a good story. You should listen and interpret for me. But the musicianship of this song is great so I give it a
"Solid Gold Telephone"
Good song, really it is. Kind of bitter love melody actually. "I fell in love in hell". Perhaps a past relationship gone terribly awry and he channels it lyrically to pass on his legacy to the fans. The piano is really good, the entire song, minus the chorus, has a jazzy lounge feel.
"Head Automatica Soundsystem"
Wow this song is really close to hip hop. But if you know Daryl, then rest assured, it's not. But it's a good listen. His vocals are really mellow and the guitars and bass that are the backbone of the song hold out on the crazy energy that dominated most of this album. I love this song though.
"I Shot William H. Macy"
Who the hell is this guy" I can't remember... Sorry my history is a bit rusty. Anyways, really hot, high energy tempo, with Daryl's vocals going close to a gentler scream (I say gentler because...well GJ fans know...) The guitars add a great support to his vocals and the bass lays down the track to follow. The drums are steady enough, as Larry keeps the song flowing with his fills. It's a great closer, although a borderline monotonous style at the end, but there's even a message at the end of the song. Wonderful song, wonderful album, Daryl Palumbo is my music idol. for today.
the song gets a 5/5