CKY
The Phoenix


1.5
very poor

Review

by Simon STAFF
June 17th, 2017 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Arrogance consumes The Phoenix.

At this point in CKY’s career, it’s fair to say the band hold a lot of baggage. They’ve had more Spinal Tap moments than I bet they care to admit; with countless feuds, fights, departures, re-joins, and member changes under their belt. Which brings me onto my next point, which is that their discography is as shaky as the waning friendships within the bandcamp; some real highlights, but also a lot of dodgy moments to boot. This, I surmise, is down to Miller and Ginsburg’s heated personalities clashing throughout most of their career, eventually leading to the departure of CKY’s vocalist, Miller, in 2010. Since 2009’s Carver City we’ve had Miller leave the band; attempt to come back and work on new material – soon realising he couldn’t bear working with Ginsburg, resulting in him leaving again; other members come and go; countless ideas that never came to be, and all done, amazingly, with a fair bit of touring in-between. The only recorded material we’ve seen in 8 years is the track, “Afterworld”, which featured vocals from Ginsburg for the first time, and was made to accompany the 2012 Jackass 3 film. Ultimately, it looked as though the band were going to call it a day. The thing is, they didn’t called it a day, they’re persistent, and, to their credit, in spite of all the problems that have weighed them down, they’ve soldiered on through it all. The question I ask myself though, is do we really need CKY in 2017 – and more importantly, one without Miller on vocals? If I was to be harsh on the band, I’d say they haven’t pulled out anything particularly interesting since their sophomore release, Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild – which is, ironically, the very same album they’re coining as a continuation and theme for this new LP. Hell, when their best album is Volume 1, an album plagued with tonal issues, you know there should be something to worry about. Sure, post Volume 1 they haven’t had a bad album, but it’s hardly the potential they could have capitalized on from their debut. And the quality of their output has gradually declined with every release since.

So, at this point in CKY’s life, if they’re really willing to flog this dead horse, Ginsburg taking over vocal duties sounds like just the ingredient the band need in order to bring a freshness to their stagnant sound. However, the results of The Phoenix are, for the most part, underwhelming at best. The biggest problem with this album is, unfortunately, Ginsburg’s vocals falling flat: there’s a serious lack of melody or hook with what he contributes on the singing front, and this makes The Phoenix a snooze-fest throughout most of its short run-time. Yes, weighing in at just 8 tracks, this short LP still manages to drag its heels. The opening track, “Replaceable” is awkward as hell vocally, and equally as boring musically; but it’s rather blunt lyrical content is brash and embarrassing considering Ginsburg has the gall to point out how someone (not naming names) is “replaceable”, when he’s doing a worse job behind the mic than anyone else. Vocally, this album is pretty bad: ranging from a bad imitation of Miller’s tropes – lacking that “thing” to grab you into a track – to being repetitive and sometimes irritating. The music isn’t much better either, which just sounds like recycled sounds or ideas that never got released on previous records. The only two tracks that managed to pique interest were “Wiping Off the Dead”, for its driving, fuzzy rhythm and catchy riffs – though, again, vocally it blunts the effect it should have on the track – and “Better Than Get Even” for managing to bring something that works on all fronts: the last section of the track brings an eerie, creepiness instrumentally, which is one of the more appealing parts of the track, and the vocal effects, met with the bouncy riffs in its verse and choruses, bring a pretty memorable moment to take away from the LP.

It’s a shame to see the band go down this way: they fail to convince anyone they needed to come back with a new album, and it somehow manages to strip CKY of a lot of the credit they once had. There’s this terrible pompous swagger throughout the album where it thinks it has an importance and is bringing its A-game, the reality being it has and does neither. The bottom-line: don’t bother with this album. If you like CKY, you’ll find this album to be a soulless and dull mess. Musically it doesn’t offer anything new and vocally even less. If there's ever a next time, here's hoping Ginsburg puts his nose to the grindstone and focuses more on the music, than arrogantly waving a bad album in people's faces.

Very Poor.

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2017


15657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

As always, constructive criticism welcome, guys.

Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence

PostMesmeric
June 17th 2017


764 Comments


Bam Margera is running out of money to give his brother, I see.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2017


15657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

haha. Yeah, this just shouldn't have happened.

BallsToTheWall
June 17th 2017


49745 Comments


Brutal.

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bloc
June 17th 2017


57616 Comments


90s pop Sky that sang "Love Song" and "Some Kind of Wonderful" > CKY

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budgie
June 17th 2017


13054 Comments


im always going to love CKY but im not going to listen to this

Digging: Men I Trust - Oncle Jazz

Wildcardbitchesss
June 17th 2017


3472 Comments


They could always do Jackass 4 :/

RLWFormula
June 17th 2017


287 Comments


Damn, I thought this would be better.

Oh well, CKY videos >> CKY

Kalopsia
June 18th 2017


3384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

No Ryan Dunn, no Jackass 4

cosmopazz
June 18th 2017


410 Comments


i hated 'replaceable' when it was released as a single, but after listening to the whole album i find it to be one of the better songs on this, at least it's catchy, this is not a good album

cosmopazz
June 18th 2017


410 Comments


actually no, just listened again and i still hate 'replaceable'

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2017


15657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, Replaceable is fucking terrible.

JohnnyBiggs
June 19th 2017


107 Comments


Gotta disagree with the reviewer here. IDR was their best album, not Volume 1.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2017


15657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Vo.1 brings da riff in a big way

DinosaurJones
June 19th 2017


10129 Comments


What a shame. I had hoped this would be at least salvageable. Whatever the lead single is didn't do much for me though. I don't even remember what it was called, I just remember that it had Brent from Mastodon in it.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2017


15657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Replaceable?

DinosaurJones
June 19th 2017


10129 Comments


Actually, I think it was Days of Self Destruction. I have the internet, I should look this up.

EDIT: Yup, that's the one.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2017


15657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Aye, yeah. It sucks. ha Literally, only half decent tracks I found were tracks 6 & 8 and the were still a far cry compared to what they used to make.

Prancer
June 20th 2017


1005 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Such a shitty album. Reused or watered down riffs in all the songs, and just an overall backwards progression for the band. No Deron = no CKY and this album proves that.

kris.
June 20th 2017


15351 Comments


the two singles i heard were straight trash. Ginsburg needs to not do vocals for anything ever again.



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