Image of the Invisible
Artist: Thrice
Album:

Grunge is dead, for the most part. The era has come and passed, but Thrice tries to spark a light once more to the Grunge genre with IotI. The song caught my ear because, while it has a dark undertone, one that says “No one pays attention to us but we, quite frankly, don’t give a shit”, it really brings a sense of unity to the listener, it’s like an anthem for the unheard. This song is something that everyone can relate to at some point in there life, the idea that we’re just another statistic, another fish in the sea, invisible.

ra rating:  7.5/10
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Re-Education (Through Labor)
Artist: Rise Against

Rise Against is at it again, this time, with a piece more heavy hitting than any of their others. Like Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against usually always has a political undertone with their lyrics and while I won’t digress into the meaning of the song, despite it’s heavy sound, it’s quite sad. Despite that, the sound of the song is a bit reminiscent some of Sum 41’s music, as someone pointed out to me, with a bit more rawness to it while still maintaining originality. Anyways, the song is quite good and a great single for their newest album (Appeal to Reason).

ra rating: 9/10
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Let It Rock
Artist: Kevin Rudolph & Lil’ Wayne

Normally, I would never… ever… condone listening to something by Lil’ Wayne, because the guy has one of the most annoying voices I have ever heard, aside from his rapping, which is also utter crap. But there’s no denying that this song is a great dance song, with a catchy techno beat and chorus, and it’s just simply fun. It’s something that you can roll down you car windows and let loose with. Kevin Rudolph does have a good voice and knows his audience. making this song attractive to almost anyone, even those, like me, who can’t stand Lil’ Wayne (who also isn’t that terrible in this song).

ra rating: 8/10
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So I was semi-requested to do a daily music review by a friend of mine… which I’m complying with because I think it’s a good idea. The reviews will be of music that I’ve just added to my iPod, within the last month or so. 3 reviews, 3 different artists (either hip-hop, rock, or indie).

Enjoy:

Crack A Bottle
Artist: Eminem feat. 50 Cent and Dr. Dre
Album: Crack a Bottle

A brand spankin’ new single has just been released by Em and crew, in preparation for his new album, “Relapse”, which is supposed to drop this Spring (my guess is in March since that is when most of his past albums have been released). As for the song itself, it’s quite refreshing to hear Eminem back in his full glory, throwing down malicious rhymes that make you cringe yet smile at the same time. CAB is fits some of the styles of his other songs like “Square Dance” but pretty much holds it’s own ground, with a distinctive new sound and new tone. If you’d like to hear it, it’s located on my facebook for the time being.

ra rating: 8.5/10
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Sudden Change
Artist: 32 Leaves
Album: Welcome to the Fall

Want to hear Tool and Maynard James Keenan doing his thing again? Too fucking bad. Instead, check out this track by 32 Leaves… Sudden Change is brilliant in mimicking what Tool did, yet bringing it’s own uniqueness to the picture as well. The synthesized vocals of the lead singer in this particular song is fantastic.

ra rating: 8/10
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Everywhere I Go
Artist: Hollywood Undead
Album: Swan Songs

Holy shit, and here I thought Rapcore was becoming a dead genre (now with Fort Minor kinda fading into memory). Hollywood Undead, I think, is my new favorite music group, hands down. HU brings new life(irony?) and force into the rap/rock genre with quick wit, sharp tongues, and just plain ol’ fucking obscene lyrics that have me chuckling to myself at times. The song, Everywhere I Go, is the quintessence of what HU is: Funny, brilliant, and lowbrow. You need to check this shit out.

ra rating: 10/10
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