The B-52s
Wild Planet


4.0
excellent

Review

by widowslaugh123 USER (19 Reviews)
February 21st, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like a better version of the debut

Forget "Rock Lobster." The true B-52's signature song is "Private Idaho." If you look at their career "Rock Lobster" doesn't really hold up as well as a lot of their material. It is a great song, don't get me wrong. It put the "beefs" on the map for crying out loud! However, its iconic cultural relevance has diminished its greatness. It got played out fast. It came from their debut album that, when played alongside later records, just doesn't have the same replay ability that albums like Wild Planet or Whammy! do.

"Private Idaho" should have blown up. It is a rockin', dance-y, catchy ***ing piece of art. And that is what most of Wild Planet sounds like. With three of some of the most unique voices in music, the "beefs" can make any weirdo's ear turn up. Whether it's the beautiful harmonies on "Dirty Back Road" or the scream in "Devil in My Car" or male singer Fred Schneider's
talk-sing style on basically everything he touches. The vocals are interesting and well thought out across the whole album. There are lots of overlapping vocals and call-and-response lines that are shared between all three.

In "Give Me Back My Man" Cindy Wilson really steals the show. One of the few solo vocal performances and one of the few serious songs they made. The emotion pouring out of Cindy is captivating. Over a deep low end and a dark sort of new-wave spaghetti western type or guitar playing, Cindy sings of the heartbreak of losing a significant other. It's a beautiful song and a nice change of pace from all the silly tracks. Plus the reverb slap back effect is a Rhythmic song all in its own.Songs like "Quiche Lorraine" are too silly for their own good. It's just Fred talking about his lost poodle and now he is bummed. The riff is boring and the song is slower than the rest of the record.

One of the highlights is "Strobe light." With a surf guitar over a fast 4/4 beat and gorgeous vocals from Cindy and and other female vocalist, Kate Pierson. The lyrics are nothing to write home about, they are just talking about banging underneath a strobe light. But for what it lacks in depth, it makes up for it with sheer fun and entertainment.

Ricky Wilson had a very strange guitar style as well. His untraditional tunings and surf-rock-meets-new-wave abilities put the band in a different category than their peers. He plays simply, but interestingly. Like on opening song " Party out of Bounds" he plays some weird rhythmic hiccup that really sets the stage for the song. It's only like a second and a half but the song wouldn't be the same without it. His riff on "Private Idaho" makes it an automatic classic. Keep it simple, stupid. And Ricky does simple real well.

Drummer Keith Strickland is solid, but not spectacular. He would later become the main creative force after Ricky died, but for this album he sticks to typical kick, hi-hat, snare type of beats. He's not a big fill guy. He mostly holds down the low keyboard lines and fluid guitar for the vocals the shine over.

While it isn't their best album and at times sounds a little too similar to their debut, it is a great album with many highlights and only a few dull moments. At under 35 minutes it isn't a chore to sit through and literally every single part of every song is danceable. They would later try and experiment with their sound (to great success in my opinion) but then later completely lost their edge and uniqueness that made them great. But you can still listen to Wild Planet and a band that were almost at their peak.



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widowslaugh123
February 21st 2017


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just trying to write shitty reviews for albums without one

kris.
February 21st 2017


15029 Comments


boy u done fucked up

AsleepInTheBack
February 21st 2017


5930 Comments


^lol

SandwichBubble
February 21st 2017


9392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two cases on the front page of people forgetting to choose an album instead of opting for "other." Nice.

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widowslaugh123
February 21st 2017


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck how do I delete this?

kris.
February 21st 2017


15029 Comments


lol just go to the forums and ask a mod to move it to the right album

Divaman
February 21st 2017


3374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice to see somebody review this. There's a bunch of things I'd debate you on (like is "Give Me Back My Man" really that serious, when she wants to trade fish, candy and everything she has in her hand to get her man back?), but that's part of the fun of seeing something actually reviewed. Nice job.

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widowslaugh123
February 21st 2017


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. Well I mean it's serious for a beefs song. If any other band did it would be a totally wacky ass chorus

Divaman
February 21st 2017


3374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

True. I like that you had a very definite point of view about the album, and you spelled it out.

widowslaugh123
February 21st 2017


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I know it wasn't you that negged m then haha. I think I'll do whammy soon too since it ain't reviewed either

TwigTW
February 22nd 2017


3657 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this album, it's so much fun.

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Divaman
February 22nd 2017


3374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, definitely not. I don't agree with some of the points you made, but I like that you made them, and that you take a definite point of view. And I love that you gave the album a review at all -- it definitely needed one.

TedSchmosby
February 22nd 2017


777 Comments


a couple of weeks ago, my friend and i had the radio on in the car and Planet Claire came on. i remembered Rock Lobster from that Donkey Kong music game, but other than that, i had never listened to anything by these guys, and the song blew both of us away. it was a wild experience trying to discover what the fuck we were listening to

widowslaugh123
February 22nd 2017


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Planet Claire has pink air

sonictheplumber
September 6th 2018


10370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

private fuckin idaho

widowslaugh123
September 6th 2018


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably a top 5 beefs song

sonictheplumber
November 1st 2018


10370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YOURE LIVIN IN



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