Hollywood Undead “Swan Songs” album
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  • Sell your Soul, in my opinion, echos the style of Linkin Park
  • Funny Man proudly sings about his hometown of Los Angeles, and the picture he paints is so interesting it makes me want to take a trip to LA
  • This one is definitely one to move your feet to

    • by Andrew E.

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      Hollywood Undead released their debut album “Swan Songs” in August 2008. It’s hard to describe their music genre, as they pull from so many different styles. They are most commonly referred to as rap rock, but I feel their music goes so beyond that label.

      The album opens with the hit “Undead,” which borrows the guitar riff from Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” as it’s hook. “Undead” is instantly catchy, and touts in your face lyrics directed toward critics of their music.

      “Sell your Soul” is a big switch from the rap heavy “Undead,” instead focusing on heavy guitar rhythms and singing vocals. “Sell your Soul,” in my opinion, echos the style of Linkin Park.

      “Everywhere I Go” reverts back to the rap style, with Charlie Scene handling all vocal duties. The song is an instant hook, and is a great party song, as it’s lyrics are fun and energy filled.

      “No Other Place” is a bass-heavy tune, again with an instant

      hook. Funny Man proudly sings about his hometown of Los Angeles, and the picture he paints is so interesting it makes me want to take a trip to LA.

      “No. 5″ is a fun song with a night club feel to it. With traces of techno and electronic in it, this song inspires you to get up and dance.

      “Young” is a touching, emotional song about the youth of today and its struggles with the society we have created. Having an eight year old son, this song hits hard. You can’t help but feel the the struggles today’s youth will face as they get older.

      “Black Dahlia” keeps the intense emotions of “Young,” but the subject changes to struggles with love and relationships. This song is equally as deep as “Young,” and the lyrics tug at your heart and emotions.

      “This Love, This Hate” musically lifts your emotions. The tempo is faster, and the music seems inspiring. The lyrics, while not as ...

      • dark as the previous two cuts, still invoke strong imagery, as the singer says his goodbyes and moves on to a better place. It makes you feel as though the issues tackled in the last two songs are finalized with “This Love, This Hate.”

        “Bottle and a Gun” is a slow groove, with the lyrics picking up a much lighter mood. Raunchy and comedic lyrics abound in this feel good song.

        “California” is a fast paced tune, singing the love of their home state, getting drunk, and getting women. The rhythm is fast and catchy, and the lyrics are fun. This one is definitely one to move your feet to.

        “City” invokes images of an apocalypse. Dark lyrics with a dark rhythm, the song feels like a final battle cry against what’s killing us. As dark as the song is, it inspires a feeling of defiance and power in this listener.

        “The Diary” is a sort of coffessional song, dealing with

        issues faced in a man’s life. Very easy to relate to, and the song does bear a catchy hook.

        “Pimpin’” is another slow groove, about hanging out with friends and cruising the city. The song reminds me of my younger days, and makes you a bit nostalgic.

        “Paradise Lost” wraps up the album with a serious note. Feeling the guilt of his life and actions, a man calls for the end. While brooding and emotional, the song wraps up with a scream, letting out all frustrations of the album’s songs, and giving the listener a sigh of relief.

        Everyone song on this album is catchy, and while the mood changes from song to song, the album is very cohesive. To quote a lyric from “Undead,” “every song is hit.” That speaks volumes about this CD. If you’re a fan of metal, rock, or even pop, pick up this CD. Be forewarned, it does contain explicit lyrics, but the messages are stong, and catchy.

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