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Savior Sorrow 0906 CD (2006)

Artist: Mushroomhead

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Not as good as the kiddies are letting on...

by tjhtntech@yahoo.com on 9/23/2006

Let me start off by saying that I'm a die-hard fan of Mushroomhead. Before this latest release, I firmly believed that they had never written a bad song. Jeffrey Nothing is a lyrical genius, and Jason Popson (JMANN) could very well be the best metal/rap hybrid vocalist to ever live. Out of the five Mushroomhead albums I own, I could listen to them all from beginning to end with absolutely no complaints. With the arrival of Savior Sorrow, that's no longer the case. Proclaiming that this CD is their best work yet is simply put: wrong. Music is all about opinion, but originality is pretty easily defined. Instead of blazing new trails as the older albums did, this one spins its wheels and ends up putting the band back where they were before its creation, if not further Three years of build-up, many delays, a lead singer change, and a switch in record labels has led us here... Savior Sorrow. I have tried to love this album. I've given it my heart and soul, searching and searching for any redeeming qualities it may have. In Jeffrey's own words, ‘pleasant dreams are few and far between’. In this case, a third of the album is the only amount worth saving. The CD starts off with ‘12 Hundred’; a somewhat solid, generic rock song. It's packed with a few interesting riffs, and in my opinion, the best lyrical content of the CD. After the track ends, ‘Simple Survival’ begins. Alright, another generic, repetitive song. Well, they must be trying to draw more mainstream attention. I thought I can put up with it. That, boys and girls, is where the real sorrow begins. After ‘Simple Survival’ Savior Sorrow illustrates that no band is perfect. The first beat of ‘Damage Done’ hit, and I couldn't help but wonder what happened. How did this make it out of the studio? I pondered. This song is absolute trash. Nothing's lyrics are mediocre at best, and Waylon couldn't have been trying. It's slow, unoriginal, boring, and simply put, unneeded.. There's not much to say about ‘Save Us.’ It's a very uninspiring duet with boredom-inducing instrumentals. There are a few good lines here and there, but overall, this one can be overlooked without worry. When the final chord rings and ‘Tattoo’ begins, a small bit of my faith was restored. It's a heavy, Waylon-only shout fest. Then, over the course of two minutes, my faith was stolen away again. Waylon does a great job of sounding like JMANN, but when it comes to writing lyrics, he simply can't fill Jason's shoes. After the fourth repetition of the main lyrics, it becomes painfully obvious that this lead singer change wasn't beneficial in any way. Don't get me wrong. Waylon did a pretty good job with this CD, but trying to live up to Jason Popson's legacy would've been nearly impossible for anyone. It just seems as if there's a lack of leadership. I'm an avid fan of musical chaos, but there must be some order. This album just makes me feel as if all seven members aren't on the same page, let alone reading the same sheet music. Next track: ‘Erase the Doubt.’ It did nothing of the sort. It’s almost as if Jeffrey Nothing was trying to make this song as awkward as possible. He adds a couple of words at the end of each sentence that throw the pace off, and places in a few pauses that make the song very, very hard to listen to. As if it weren't hard enough with the repetitive instrumentals. In the past, with songs such as ‘Idle Worship’ and ’These Filthy Hands ’ the lack of structure and lyrical modifications paid off greatly. It just doesn't seem to work here. Strangely enough, Waylon's vocals are the only redeeming part of this song, even though it's hard to hear what he's saying. After the seemingly endless continuance of the chorus, the song ends, and ‘Burn’ begins. It's a very solid song with great potential to be the best on the entire album. It has a very interesting structure and an intriguing chorus. Both vocalists do a great job on this one. Skinny also showcases some of his drumming talent. Even after ‘Burn’ the disappointment keeps building. ‘Just Pretending, The Need, and Cut Me follow, all without any reason to exist. Three slow songs with sub-par lyrics and instrumentals on life support. See: ‘Save Us.’ If you're not bored to tears yet, ‘The Fallen’ is up next. A very erratic beat destroys anything this song could have been. This time, however, it's not the vocals that destroy the flow. It's the music. This song is also another victim of the growing trend of uninspired, generic lyrics. It's over. You've made it to the final stage. You've sat through the most disappointing release of 2006. In possibly the most ironic naming convention possible, ’Embrace the Ending’ begins, and of course, it's a duet! Oh, joy! Not 1, not 2, not 3... not even 4. Count 'em... 5! Five emo/goth-style duets with agonizingly slow instrumentals and vocals that ranges from bad to mediocre. If this is the direction Mushroomhead is traveling in, count me out. I'll be perfectly happy living in the days of subtle brilliance and ear-pounding riffs with ‘Bwomp’ and ‘Solitaire Unraveling’. If you've been to Mushroomhead's Myspace page, you've probably seen that the only comments at the bottom are twelve to sixteen year-olds praising the greatest Mushroomhead album yet. There isn't a bad remark in sight. Sadly enough, they've been shutting all of the people with dissenting opinions out; me included. It looks like this is their new course, and they're seemingly bound and determined to stay on it. With five other CDs that blow this one away and two side bands (Hatrix and (216)) that put this album to shame, it's pretty easy to live without the majority of Savior Sorrow. Save your money, Mushroomhead fans. It's better spent somewhere else. Even at $9.00 with a free ringtone, I can't help but feel like I've been cheated. -Disappointment, thy name is Savior Sorrow.

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Label MEGA MEDIA RECORDS/RED
SKU 202946867
UPC 020286209027
UPC 14 00020286209027
Format CD
Release Date 9/19/2006
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