Friday, April 20, 2007

Review: The Legion of Doom - Incorporated

Label: Pakuni Records/Illegal Art

Released: March 6, 2007

Back in the heyday of Napster, I downloaded a Metallica/Britney Spears mash-up entitled, "So Fucking Crazy." I wouldn't go so far as to call it good in its own right so much as it was just fun. Recently, I decided to give a whole album of mash-ups a shot after hearing Legion of Doom's "Crazy as She Goes" (Gnarls Barkley versus the Raconteurs).

Legion of Doom is punk/emo producer Chad Blinman and Face to Face singer/songwriter Trever Keith, so the pedigree is fairly good. On their Incorporated album, they take on mixing a lot of emo/screamo/metalcore tracks with varying results. For instance, the opening track, "I Know What You Buried Last Summer," works very well, but it's primary strength comes from the original Taking Back Sunday melody, not the remix. Other tracks don't fare so well. "Dangerous Business Since 1979" takes on Underoath and Mewithoutyou, but only manages to weaken both songs in its failure to actually "mash" anything together. Just about half of the album is listenable only if you like the originals. The other half is a little bit painful, because there are glimpses of good songs that get lost in the confusion.

What I realized after listening is that, much like my first experience with the Metallica/Britney Spears mix, these tracks seldom end up being anything more than vaguely interesting and maybe a little bit fun. It's not serious music, just a little fun and games in the studio. If you're into collecting novelties, Incorporated isn't a bad purchase. Otherwise, I'd probably steer clear.

Rating: 3/10

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Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, I was going to say this wasn't fueling my fires by the sound of it, probably because I've had to review so much emo/screamo these days it's making me a little depressed.

8:56 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Yeah, I should've seen it coming, but I was sucked in by the Face to Face connection and it was limited to 3000 copies. All I can say is, I'm a sucker!

11:17 AM  

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