The Chipmunks
Chipmunk Punk


1.0
awful

Review

by Snide USER (30 Reviews)
July 30th, 2016 | 31 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just chip-chip-chippin’ away at our eardrums

Throughout the history of music, there have always been bands that push the envelope of atmosphere, creativity, and rebellious spunk; this is in no way, shape, or form, one of those things. When your entire appeal revolves around taking classic songs, toning down the instrumentals to a mind numbing degree, replacing the vocals with “chipmunk” voices that sound so painfully nasally, high pitched, and garbled that you would actually question whether they had rabies or not, you know it’s a bad album. There is nothing of quality to be found here, and those who have a nostalgic flair for the 80s will have a particular distaste for the material here.

The famous voices of the chipmunks are not even slightly appealing; they never have been, and any melody within the song is completely lost due to the board scratching levels of annoyance in their vocal tone. Any harmonizing done or any other tricks thrown here and there are completely lost due to the fact that no matter how this tone is produced, it still sounds like a squealing possum being hit by a semi-truck looped over a track; that doesn’t matter anyways, because the production is downright embarrassing to begin with, even for 1980s standards. When your guitar tone attempts to mimic popular distortion filled mixes from the time without the budget or ambition that those had, it leads to something similar to a fourteen-year old forming his first garage band. The drums sound like hollow tea bags being hit over a coffee mug with no impact whatsoever, and the bass is so high in the mix that it almost strangles the guitar.

Let’s talk about the instrumentals themselves; they actually rewrote portions of the songs in different tempos, and simplified a majority of them. In their cover of “How Do I Make You”, the entire track is slowed down in a painfully obvious way that’s immediately apparent as soon as the drum roll begins at the start of the track. This approach is taken with quite a few songs and it takes away any comedic fun that may have been salvaged here. It would have been slightly forgivable if they just took instrumental songs, and mixed the vocals over the top to sell to their audience, but that sadly was not the case.

There’s nothing of value to be found here; this is easily one of the worst, if not the worst cover compilation I have ever listened to. I doubt that even the Chipmunks large fan base would be jumping at the seams to listen to this album, as there’s not even catchy instrumentals to go behind it due to the terrible re-recording with absolutely awful production values. This is one of those albums that Alvin and the gang should have hidden in a tree near a cliff, and never spoke of again.




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Snide
July 30th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"How Do I Make You" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcsrwLhDCEc

TVC15
July 30th 2016


10532 Comments


Chipmunkson16speed tho

Digging: Sematary - Rainbow Bridge

Snide
July 30th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

This album gives me heart palpitations.

Jasdevi087
July 30th 2016


6172 Comments


I feel like you're just addicted to using the 0.5 feature

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part

Snide
July 30th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

No; my policy just is if I hear a .5/5 album, I've gotta review it.

My only other .5 that I can think of off the top of my head is Hello Kitty Suicide Club and Whitehorse

iloveyouall
July 30th 2016


6319 Comments


why do you do this?

Snide
July 30th 2016


7050 Comments

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For the same reason that people watch shitty sci fi films; we're gluttons for shitty media for entertainment.

flukemmviii
July 30th 2016


30 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is the best album ever made

Mort.
July 30th 2016


14886 Comments


Good review although extremely pointless

CaliggyJack
July 30th 2016


3519 Comments


How do you review below 1?

LotusFlower
July 30th 2016


12000 Comments


You have to write an angry rant an then request that the staff give it a 0.5

LotusFlower
July 30th 2016


12000 Comments


Also chipmunkson16speed is unironically one of the greatest things to ever exist.

Snide
July 30th 2016


7050 Comments

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You don't have to request a .5, you can edit it in settings after you post it.

SandwichBubble
July 30th 2016


11984 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Aw damn it, you beat me to a review.



Still, better than what I wrote.



PostMesmeric
July 30th 2016


777 Comments


Okay, now I'm curious about this.

Snide
July 30th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I've never been able to stand Alvin and the Chipmunks.

I even enjoyed the chipmunk parody in Disaster Movie better than the original chipmunks.

owen
July 30th 2016


5146 Comments


not much worse than your 5's

Snide
July 30th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"not much worse than your 5's"

Holy shit, I've never heard that before! I'm gonna go change my music taste now.

Lol, no.

Mort.
July 30th 2016


14886 Comments


Dont be a lil bitch snide

Snide
July 30th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Mort, ily.



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