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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:49 pm

29 Sep 2014: Don McLean/"American Pie" (1971)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.com/2013/10/finding-someone-to-by-someones.html

I'd tried to download this album many, many times in wave one, but I forgot about it completely until today.

The album begins with the title track, which is one of the greatest songs ever written. Opening with it was a gutsy move, to be sure. Over eight minutes of music, where every single second counts. Not a second is wasted, and nothing about it could be improved in any way. Very few songs that are this long share these traits. It's right up there with Freebird and Hey Jude as an absolute, undeniable classic that is over seven minutes long.

Other than that, it's standard singer-songwriter-type fare. We still need a better name for that.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:27 pm

29 Sep 2014: Modest Mouse/"Sad Sappy Sucker" (2001)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.com/2013/10/towns-to-live-in-by-towners.html

This was originally supposed to be the band's debut album. It's a really fucking good thing it wasn't.

The album artwork is really bad, but not in a way that anyone will find appealing. The concept is fine; it's made to look like a small child's art project. However, the two photos suck and are hard to make out, and the band's name is hard to read.
The music itself sounds like quarter-finished song concepts at best. Twenty-four tracks, none of which are any good.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:43 pm

30 Sep 2014: Thom Yorke/"Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" (2014)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2014/09/julio-and-case-of-missing-christmas.html

Last Friday, Thom Yorke of Muse Coldplay Radiohead released a solo album to the world WITHOUT WARNING
It was released on vinyl and to Bit-Torrent. $6 for a torrent? No thanks. Why the fuck would anyone pay for digital music? Makes no fucking sense.

The most immediately striking thing about the first track is that Thom's vocals don't sound like they're meant to go with the music at all. Then there's the annoying bird(?) sounds. The drums are up-front, but they're too repetitive to be interesting and earn their spot as the most prominent sound. The song needed the drums to be lower in the mix, and another instrument following Thom's vocal line.

There is No Ice for My Drink and especially Pink Section are the epitome of filler. Like, seriously, what? I might as well review that McCartney album where all he does is noodle on a synthesiser.


This album sounds like a poor version of The King of Limbs, which itself was a poor version of The Eraser. Hell, I even liked The King of Limbs a lot, but this just isn't good. It feels like I've heard better versions of everything it has to offer.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:27 pm

30 Sep 2014: Weezer/"Everything Will be All Right in the End" (2014)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2014/09/julio-and-case-of-missing-stickers-by.html

In the last ten years, Weezer have put four bad albums. Death to False Metal doesn't count (it wasn't bad, though).
Hurley was the worst of it all. Just looking at the cover "art" tells you all you need to know. But maybe things will be different this time? Please? I mean, The Blue Album was twenty years ago.
The cover art is kind of bad, but it's a massive improvement from Hurley, so I'll let it slide.

Back to the Shack has a pretty neat riff, if nothing else.
The British are Coming is pretty bad. The way the chorus is phrased is awful, and the song has no reason to exist. It doesn't say anything interesting, and is over two-hundred years late to the party.

The girl guesting on Go Away probably has the most generic voice I could imagine. It's Svart's sister, Bethany Cosentino.
The best song here is an instrumental called The Wasteland. It's just really good, and I don't tend to say that about instrumentals. It's the first part of a suite, which in itself is the best thing on the album. The best thing Weezer's recorded since The Greatest Man That Ever Lived.

Aside from the ending suite, the album is just okay. A great improvement, but nothing as good as even The Green Album. It's pretty good, but nothing more.
If their next album improves on this album as much as this album improved on Hurley, it will be the best album ever. Pumped for The Purple Album.

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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:28 pm

01 Oct 2014: "The Beatles in Italy" by The Mosquitoes

Despite its name, The Beatles in Italy is just a compilation of previously-recorded tracks. Aside from Ticket to Ride, they were all non-album tracks. The obvious highlight is From Me to You, which has the best chorus the band ever wrote.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:09 pm

01 Oct 2014: Paul McCartney/"McCartney II" (1980)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/11/need-to-make-you-mine-by-vines.html

I wasn't lying, but I was wrong about it being "just McCartney noodling on a synthesiser".

The album begins with Coming Up, where there are FAR too many effects on Paul's voice. It's just too much.
Temporary Secretary has one of the most annoying choruses in history. Nice.

I don't get how a song with as great a name as Frozen Jap could end up being filler, but it did.

Overall, it's not that good. It doesn't have any of the old McCartney charm, or any good songs, really.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:11 pm

01 Oct 2014: Queen + Paul Rodgers/"The Cosmos Rocks" (2008)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/11/shipping-down-to-florida-by-flow-riders.html

I've always been curious to see what this was like. I'm still waiting for Queen + Sammy Hagar, though.

Celebrity totally rips off The Metal's riff. Like, shit. I expected more of Brian May. The backing vocals are super-annoying, too.
Brian May's voice hasn't aged very well, to be honest. His only lead vocal on the album is very poor.

Surf's Up, School's Out is just horrible. I can't spin it any other way. It's horrible.


I enjoyed this album, overall, but there's not much to say about the damn thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:45 pm

02 Oct 2014: U2/"Rattle and Hum" (1988)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/moods-of-mooding-by-moody.html

This is a companion to a movie or something. Live tracks, covers, live covers, and some new tracks. This baby's got it all.

When I saw that the album began with a cover of Helter Skelter, I hesitated. I decided to go along with it anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised. I don't even care that Bono fucked up the lyrics. They're less important than the overall feeling.
I don't get it. Motley Crue are a moderately heavy band, and Aerosmith have shown the ability to rock pretty hard when the mood strikes them, but their covers of Helter Skelter are lame, pussy-ass covers that are the opposite of what the original was, in both concept and execution. Then you have U2, who aren't heavy at all, and don't rock anywhere near as much as the other two, and they fucking do it justice. Crazy-ass backwards-ass world we live in.

Desire is pretty memorable. I would know, I remembered it
Their cover of Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's All Along the Watchtower doesn't really do anything special or memorable. It's just kind of there.

The version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For with the choir is pointless. Absolutely pointless. They make the song sound cheesy.
Heartland would be a lot better without Bono's shitty falsetto.

God Part II certainly... exists. This is the single most concrete example of Bono's pretension I can find. The first part of God wasn't by U2, nor was it labeled "Part I". God is a song by John Lennon, from the album Plastic Ono Band. Stripping away all of my Nirvana-centric bias, I can safely say that Plastic Ono Band is the greatest album ever recorded. God as a song is very important and meaningful. It starts off like "I don't believe in God, I don't believe in Jesus", whatever. Then it builds. More things John doesn't believe in. The big, final power line is "I don't believe in Beatles", which takes the song from a 7/10 to an easy 11/10. It's a very meaningful song, released the same year as The Beatles's final album, Let it Be.
I don't know what the fuck Bono was trying to do, and I don't fucking want to know. God was a masterpiece, and here he is adding onto it with an unnecessary second part. Fuck him.

Then he pastes parts of Hendrix's The Star-Spangled Banner into the very next song. I don't fucking get it. He's not even fucking American. What the fuck, Bono?


This album is very uneven, probably due to the fact that it's just all of the shit slapped together. Should have been a single album.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:10 pm

02 Oct 2014: Iron Maiden/"Live+one" (1980)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2010/07/its-all-right-by-we-wont-be-overcome.html

In 1980, this EP had two draws: The non-album single, Women in Uniform, and a live version of a song that would end up on Killers, Drifter. Nowadays it really only has the first one, unless you're really into live Di'Anno or going for completion.
Women in Uniform was left off of the "Best of the B-Sides" compilation, due to a technicality. Non-album singles really should be in things like that.

The EP starts with a live version of Sanctuary, which is pretty good. I'd say that the pauses are a bit too long, though.
Still not a fan of Phantom of the Opera, or should I say "still not a Fantom of the Opera" AHAHAHA KILL ME

The cover of Women in Uniform is great. Makes me wish Di'Anno had done another album with Iron Maiden, but just about everything makes me wish that.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:04 pm

07 Oct 2014: David Bowie/"Tonight" (1984)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/deploying-depth-deprication-by-okay.html

After Let's Dance, there was, well, this. It sounds like if The Police were void of any creativity. Bowie's vocals sound a bit bored, and the whole thing just plays like Bowie heard a Bob Marley song one time and said "yeah whatever let's do that". Really, it's just so unremarkable, especially when it's thrown under the Bowie name.

The title track is just boring. Plus, I hate Tina Turner, so there's that.
Neighbourhood Threat is pretty good, though. It's certainly the odd track out.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:44 pm

07 Oct 2014: Kaiser Chiefs/"Off with Their Heads" (2008)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/having-all-of-halves-by-halving.html

This album features Never Miss a Beat, which was in GH:SNAE. The song is pretty neat. I like the whole statement (question)/response thing they've got going. The chorus could be better, though.

That's the only song on the album that has any form of effort put into it. The rest is bored-sounding at best, and really shouldn't have been released. Addicted to Drugs is especially horrible. You can tell by the name, really.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:30 pm

08 Oct 2014: Panic! At the Disco/"Pretty Odd" (2008)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/grills-in-yard-by-barbeques.html

I can only remember one Panic! At the Disco song, Nine in the Afternoon. It's on this album, so here we go.

The album starts with We're so Starving, which is an intro track if ever there was one. Here, Mr. Panic is apologising for not having the album ready sooner. It sort of reminds me of Sgt. Pepper. Not as good, of course.
Nine in the Afternoon is second, and pretty much perfect for that slot. Catchy, fun, and pretty good. That Green Gentleman also hits the sweetspot this song discovered.

The entire album plays like a kind of tribute/rip-off of the '60s. Mostly Sgt. Pepper. It's pretty good, though. Better than I was expecting.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:10 pm

08 Oct 2014: Judas Priest/"Killing Machine" (1978)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/hurt-me-more-by-shakes.html

Also known as Hellbent for Leather. I guess that's the version I'm reviewing, but Killing Machine is a better name.

Hellbent for Leather is one of the band's best songs, right up there with Painkiller, Living After Midnight, and Electric Eye.
Take on the World is one of the band's worst songs, right up there with Breaking the Law. I mean, shit. It's so cheesy. You've got to listen to it at least once to believe it.

The rest of the album is filler. Nice. Sweet. Oh yeah. Just what I wanted. Fucking all right.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:58 pm

09 Oct 2014: Elton John/"Elton John" (1970)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/doing-thing-by-things.html

Elton John's second album. It opens with Your Song, which is, like, the man's best song. No lie, no joke. It's fucking amazing, dog.
Sixty Years On is extremely pretentious. Any word or phrase could follow the phrase "Sixty Years On is pretentious as" and be accurate, unless that word or phrase is "something that is not very pretentious".

The King Must Die is probably the best way the album could end. It builds and builds and the track just has a great feel.

Overall, it's pretty good. Nothing amazing, but I liked it.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:52 pm

09 Oct 2014: Michael Jackson/"Bad" (1987)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/get-your-motor-running-by-davidsons.html

You know, as soon as the album and its title track started, I realised that I've never heard it before. I mean, I thought I had, but I was mistaken.
The worst part is that Fat has a lot more edge than Bad. Michael sounds downright good in comparison. That won't do, no sir.

Now, The Way You Make Me Feel, there's a song I've heard before. And it's pretty fucking great.
Speed Demon is pretty annoying. The drums and vocals on the chorus are just horrid.

Just Good Friends is a duet with Stevie Wonder. The duet triangle is complete. The Girl is Mine is still the best, though.
Then there's Man in the Mirror, which is really, truly great. It could do with being a minute shorter, though.

Dirty Diana isn't good. The music is fine, the lyrics are fine. However, they don't fit together. Michael is singing way faster than he should be, and the lyrics have no room to breathe. The whole thing feels claustrophobic and rushed. Once the guitar solo hits, everything works. That scream is brilliant, and the pace of the vocals works for that last verse.
At least Smooth Criminal is brilliant.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:57 pm

10 Oct 2014: The Rolling Stones/"No. 2" (1965)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/11/i-want-to-go-home-guys-by-frog.html

This is the only pre-1983 album of theirs that I haven't reviewed, so let's get to it.

Jesus, another one of these. There's nothing to say about it. It's a collection of mostly covers, and every song is relatively uninteresting. It's incredibly average.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:44 pm

10 Oct 2014: Deep Purple/"The House of Blue Light" (1987)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/having-time-of-by-your-life.html

The second and final album of the first Mk. II reunion. Since I've already reviewed the sole Mk. V album, the Deep Purple review after this one will be the first album of the second Mk. II reunion, which is also the last Mk. II album ever. Fucking Deep Purple.
I'm not sure about the specifics, but after Rainbow and Black Sabbath, it was time for more Deep Purple.

From the first track, we can tell that Gillan's voice isn't at its best here. It's incredibly obvious.
Gillan does managed to make the line "I've got the evidence" sound not horrible on the next track, so maybe I'm wrong.

Dead or Alive has one of those sweet Blackmore riffs. You know.

You know, despite Gillan's voice problems, this is a very, very solid album. I liked it a lot, actually. I'd place it in my DEEP PURPLE TOP FIVE with the Coverdale albums and Machine Head.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:24 pm

11 Oct 2014: OK Go/"Oh No" (2005)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/getting-throught-all-of-by-the.html

You know, treadmills and shit.

I hate the guitar solo of Here it Goes Again. It's obnoxious and has no reason to exist.
A Million Ways has proven to me that Band Hero is ingrained into my brain. I got flashbacks immediately after the riff started. Neversoft actually chose the best song on the album, by the way.

The House Wins has this annoying buzzing instrument that makes no sense why is it there stop please STOP
Then the album ends with half an hour of a girl sleeping. Now you too can be a voyeur from the comfort of your own home!

Every other song can be summed up as "Here it Goes Again but worse".
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:27 pm

11 Oct 2014: Matthew Sweet/"Goodfriend" (1992)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/edges-of-precipices-by-edgemen.html

This is a promo thing that is basically Girlfriend but not.

The demo version of Girlfriend has this weird plodding pace. The original is a fucking jam, and this thing certainly isn't. It's neat as shit, especially when it gets going, but it doesn't overtake the original in my mind, like some demos.
Day for Night wasn't doing anything for me until that scream. That fucking scream. That fucking "NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT".

The live version of Girlfriend is great. It's got a slow-down and a speed-up, and the guitar solo sounds better than ever.
I haven't heard the Neil Young song Sweet is covering, but I'd bet money it's better than the original.

There's also a cover of John Lennon's Isolation. It doesn't have the same impact as Lennon's version, but it's still a very good cover.

This is what Girlfriend should have been. This album is better in every way than the "real" album, and I'm glad I took time out for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:24 pm

12 Oct 2014: Paul McCartney/"Memory Almost Full" (2007)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/12/sold-your-boat-to-buy-different-boat-by.html

Let's just get this out of the way now so I can stop doing Paul McCartney albums until I decide it's a good idea to do The Fireman.

Dance Tonight is an interesting opener, to say the least. It's a low-key acoustic thing that really seems like it would fit better in the middle of an album. I'd heard it before on Good Evening New York City, but this version still kind of caught me off-guard.
Mr. Bellamy has this really weird vibe to it. It sounds like, you know, a McCartney song for most of it, but the low parts are just wow.

House of Wax followed by The End of the End would end the album perfectly. Perfectly satisfied. But no. There's one more song that kind of undermines the last two. It's called Nod Your Head, and is this weird, noisy song with stupid lyrics that would have been funny in the middle of the album. At the end, however, it's just weird and jarring.

Other than that, it's a great album. Paul's done it again, I suppose.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:11 pm

12 Oct 2014: Bryan Adams/"Reckless" (1984)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/operating-on-orange-octopii-by-oasis.html

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BONUS POINTS IF HE'S CANADIAN

That weird rasp that Bryan's voice has gets kind of annoying after a minute or so. Only thirty-seven more to go.
Also, who THE FUCK spells it "Bryan"? What kind of self-important shithead do you have to be to decide that conventional spelling isn't good enough for you? Why would you do that to a child? It's no wonder this kid lashed out and brought Summer of 69 upon the world. LOOK WHAT YOUR DEEDS HAVE WROUGHT

Run to You and Heaven are among Adams's more tolerable songs, along with Everything I Do.
Then there's Summer of 69. Jesus Christ, Summer of 69. The innuendo isn't fun, it just makes the song even worse than it would be otherwise. It's a bad song because of the joke that is the whole point of the song. The line "me and my baby in 69" really ruins it.

Kids Wanna Rock is the standard "what is up with the music of today am I right guys" bullshit. Down with New Wave, right guys?
It's Only Love could be decent if not for Tina fucking Turner ruining everything like always.

Aside from those three tracks, the album is fine, I guess.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:14 pm

13 Oct 2014: Journey/"Evolution" (1979)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/mountain-of-men-by-men.html

Text from the review I'm overwriting: "the album really separates the men from their predecessors, the boys"

This album blazes out of the gate with a filler intro track, which definitely rates highly among classics like Separate Ways and Don't Stop Believin'.
The main draw here is the third track, Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'. I'd call this song a classic without hesitation or sarcasm.

The rest of the album is generic, uninspired garbage. Definitely the worst Journey album I've heard.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:52 pm

13 Oct 2014: Ringo Starr/"Sentimental Journey" (1970)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.in/2013/10/policey-by-cops.html

The Beatles have broken up. Abbey Road has already come out, and the band is done. Every member of the band released a solo album in 1970, but Ringo was first. If you're curious, the order was Ringo, Paul, George, John. John's album was perfect. George's album was nearly perfect, but it had those fucking Apple Jams polluting it. Paul's was a mess, but had many classic songs. Now we get to Ringo's.

Ringo's first solo effort was... jazz standards. If literally anyone else in the world had made this album, they'd be laughed out of existence. But this is Ringo fucking Starr. He's got charisma oozing from every orifice. You can't help but be curious as to what the rascal's going to do next.
I'd like to stop and assure you that I am not being sarcastic or having a joke. Every single song Ringo did with The Beatles never fails to get me smiling, from masterpieces like Octopus's Garden to forgotten gems like If You've Got Trouble.

So this album completely rides on Ringo's name and voice. If it were literally any one else, I wouldn't give it the time of day. However, Ringo manages to make an enjoyable album out of this. I'm legitimately impressed.
Notably, each song was arranged by someone different. And also notably, the worst song (which is only the worst song due to a boring arrangement) was arranged by none other than Paul McCartney.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:02 pm

14 Oct 2014: The Clash/"The Clash" (1977)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.com/2013/10/taking-all-of-credit-by-in-cards.html

I've reviewed an album by these guys before. Since it was a double album, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and give them another chance before writing them off completely.
In Argentina, this album was called London's Burning. I bring this up because it's made me realise that I don't like self-titled albums. Hell, I usually call them literally anything else if I can (Van Halen I, The White Album, etc.). I think we should just abolish self-titled albums entirely, unless you're Weezer and have so many of them that it's impossible to refer to any one of them as "self-titled".

The Clash's brilliant plan was to make the rest of their album seem amazing by having the first three tracks be uninspired filler. While the rest of album album is good, nothing ever really stands out.
Except Police and Thieves. Six minutes of absolute boredom. Police, I'd like to report these guys for being THIEVES OF MY VALUABLE LIFE
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews Supplemental   Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:01 pm

14 Oct 2014: KISS/'Revenge" (1992)
http://musiccouldbebetter.blogspot.com/2014/06/julio-and-case-of-missing-guys-by-frog.html

That is one generic-ass 1990s metal album cover. Fitting, since this is KISS's attempt at generic-ass hard rock.
Despite the fact that this album doesn't have an original bone in its body, it's still pretty enjoyable.

Notably, this album was released after the band's second drummer, Eric Carr, died of a brain aneurysm after having suffered through cancer (on the same day Freddie Mercury died). Really tough break there, to say the least. This album features his backing vocals on a cover of God Gave Rock and Roll to You, and ends with a jam the band did when he was trying out.

The song "Spit" can kiss my fucking ass, though. Stop fucking pussy-footing around "BAD WORDS". Either use them or don't; don't fucking replace them with something "inoffensive". It just makes you sound fucking retarded. Fuck.
The ending jam is pretty fun, and is probably the best thing here.

Not very impressive, but I enjoyed it.
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