Hot Action Cop
Listen Up!


3.5
great

Review

by Mad. USER (28 Reviews)
February 15th, 2014 | 25 replies


Release Date: 02/07/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That fever rises back up from the deep...

11 years ago, horny teenagers across the world were - no different from how they are now - partying, boozing and sexing, to a song no other than Fever For The Flava by Hot Action Cop. Alternatively, the kids who hadn't been invited to the party were wasting away their angst by playing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 and jamming out to Goin' Down On It.
These songs were infamous for their funk-metal energy and copulation-encouraging lyrics such as a chorus that rhymed "She got the power of the hootchie" with "I got the fever for the flavour of the cootchie" but instead of riding off their inital popularity, Hot Action Cop promptly disappeared.

Listen Up! is the band's second LP and their only other release since their 2003 debut, apart from the 2009 EP. This EP was a vast change in sound, oozing a blistering, mature and absolutely brilliant alternative rock sound, which could only ignite a giddy excitement for this elusive, second, opus.
It may come as a shock then, that Listen Up! is actually a step backwards in sound. As soon as the irresistible funky bass-line kicks in on opener House of Pain, you'll feel the testosterone and naive feel-good attitude of your youth rise to the surface, the memories of driving down a country lane with all the lights off and your friend urinating out of the window flowing back from a place you thought you'd buried them.

This would definitely indicate that a lot of these songs have been banging around all the way since the band's heyday. The problem is that this makes for a mixed bag, with the fifth track Picture Me changing to a more serious tone, a slow and gentle number of a bitter lost love, vocalist Rob Werthner hoping that "it hurts when you picture me." The atmosphere on this song is tightly constructed, with gentle synth-strings shimmering in the backdrop, but it frustratingly ends at little over 3-minutes long. This reflects the underdeveloped feel of the whole album - the total running length is only half an hour and none of the songs are longer than 5 minutes, which is a surprise considering how the band were not hesitant to let their tracks breathe on their first album, one of its greatest merits.

Sadly, this leaves nothing but a lust for more, especially when there are some hugely enjoyable moments here, such as long-standing guitarist Tim Flaherty's excellent riffage and the tight musicianship on Lights Out and Fishkill which are strongly reminiscent the alt-rock sensibility of 2009's Baby Bottle, except not as perfectly crafted. The old-school Hot Action Cop of Jen and closer Pull The Trigger also prove to be gleefully guilty pleasures.
Despite this, the fact that you're listening to the same band that was covering Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb in their 2012 single will leave you hoping that this is the case of a transitional album, and that in the near future (not 10 more years, when a zimmer frame just won't cut it when you're trying to make alternative funk), Hot Action Cop will make an album that can actually have them taken seriously, despite the half-naked ass on the front cover of their first.



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Mad.
February 15th 2014


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Excerpts of every song and press release here: http://www.hotactioncop.com/listen-up



Hot Action Cop used to be my favourite band when I was young and impressionable (about a year and a half ago), so that explains my 5 for their EP, but that is actually a seriously good slice of rawk.



This is pretty swee too

Mad.
February 15th 2014


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Forgot to mention, review is dedicated to Daniel Feese, HAC's original keyboardist, who died just before the album was released.

Mongi123
February 15th 2014


19859 Comments


Good review man keep it up



Mad.
February 15th 2014


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks mayn, any critisismz?

indigonowhere
Emeritus
February 15th 2014


10727 Comments


were these guys in a Tony Hawk game or just Need for Speed

Mongi123
February 15th 2014


19859 Comments


Yea sure:

"11 years ago, horny teenagers across the world were - no different from how they are now -
partying, boozing and sexing, to a song no other than Fever For The Flava by Hot Action Cop."

Write 11 out because since it's a short number to right and and how you start off your review with
it, it looks better. And why not reword it like this: Eleven years ago horny teenagers were jamming
to "Fever For The Flava" by Hot Action Cop while partying, boozing and sexing. Even to this day,
teenagers still do this.

Know when to end your sentences. Longer sentences make it more engaging to read yea, but sometimes
shorter sentences make it flow better. I notice you use lots of commas so next time you write just
think about this aspect.

Also album titles should be in italics and songs should be in quotes. Hope that helps!

Mad.
February 15th 2014


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for the help bro, will change that number but I kinda like the rest of the sentence how it is but it is a bit long. You're definitely right about the long sentences, I have a tendency to write too much as it comes off the top of my head

Mongi123
February 15th 2014


19859 Comments


No prob and all good just a suggestion.

Mad.
February 15th 2014


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@Omaha I have no idea about that, haven't even played NFS. I found the band through their song 'Samuel L. Jackson'... and it lives up to its name

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2014


11587 Comments


Good review man, pos

Digging: Dekagram - May Flights Of Devils Guide

Progger6009
February 16th 2014


1144 Comments


Nice, loved the first LP. Pos'

SitarHero
February 16th 2014


7159 Comments


Dang, I'd never heard of these guys and I was definitely a horny teenager playing NFS eleven years ago. Time to catch up.

Pos.

henryChinaski
February 16th 2014


4109 Comments


Wow these guys are still around?

Mad.
February 16th 2014


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks guys. I'm not sure if this is in full anywhere on the web yet, the band have only released it in their website so far

Mad.
February 16th 2014


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Hey Mongi, you're contrib!

Mongi123
February 16th 2014


19859 Comments


It appears that your reading skills are slightly better than mine ;)

Necrotica
February 16th 2014


10583 Comments


contrib ahoy

RogueNine
February 16th 2014


3685 Comments


WE GO, WE GO, WE GO, WE GOIN' DOWN

Mad.
February 17th 2014


4732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Could never work out if that song was about a massive gangbang or not:

She go she go she go she goin' down on it,

We go we go we go we goin' down on it,

They go they go they go they goin' down on it,

He go he go he go he goin' down on it,

Who go who go who go who goin' down on it,

You go you go you go you goin' down on it


MrSirLordGentleman
February 27th 2014


11984 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3yDf8lkGEY Always got an orgasm at 0:51 when I was a kid



I really think that the nfs version of the songs were better than the album ones



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