• Record Label:
  • Release Date:
American Tragedy Image
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The second studio album for the Los Angeles rap-rock group features American Idol contestant Danny Murillo who replaced Deuce.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    80
    American Tragedy is wildly fun, a head-thumping, booze-chugging, 14 track-long hedonistic binge.
  2. Apr 15, 2011
    68
    American Tragedy is a tight mash-up between contemporary sonics and old-school aesthetic.
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    60
    Some of the more rap-heavy moments are terrible, but when they throw in huge, guitar-laden choruses such as on Been To Hell and Hear Me Now, they hit the same anthemic heights as Linkin Park. [2 Apr 2011, p.51]
  4. Apr 13, 2011
    50
    The downside is that along with heart and brains, Hollywood Undead has filtered out any sense of humor from its music, which makes American Tragedy virtually impossible to listen to for longer than a few songs at a time.
  5. Apr 13, 2011
    40
    Hollywood Undead are content to deliver cliches--more out of a lack of imagination than cynical opportunism, but it still smacks of both. That's why to seasoned ears or any genre fan requiring more than more of the same, they're very, very boring.
  6. Apr 13, 2011
    40
    The crew is still intentionally misogynistic and profane, sounding like caricatures of Eminem or Kid Rock as they rap and sing about gangsta cliches like puffing blunts, drinking Patron, getting booty, and "flossing."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Oct 15, 2011
    10
    i loved this album, every song, especially "been to hell". a lot better than swan songs ever could be. Danny is also a better singer thani loved this album, every song, especially "been to hell". a lot better than swan songs ever could be. Danny is also a better singer than deuce was. these 14 songs are all i listen to now. Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2011
    10
    Another great album by Hollywood Undead. I liked every single song in this album, especially Lump Your Head, Bullet & Comin' In Hot. I'veAnother great album by Hollywood Undead. I liked every single song in this album, especially Lump Your Head, Bullet & Comin' In Hot. I've listened to each song on the album numerous times and I'm still not tired. This is the kinda music that you'll listen to for a long time. It's almost like it's addicting. Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2012
    10
    It's heavy and intense. If you enjoyed hybrid theory and meteora, you'll probably enjoy this album as well. It was rather weird listening toIt's heavy and intense. If you enjoyed hybrid theory and meteora, you'll probably enjoy this album as well. It was rather weird listening to this, as there wasn't a single unlikable song, even the emo ones. Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2011
    10
    Hollywood Undead has done it again. the album itself brings out the talent that HU possesses, however that being said, its great, but SwanHollywood Undead has done it again. the album itself brings out the talent that HU possesses, however that being said, its great, but Swan Songs was their greatest. i just think that not everyone was ready for the minor or maybe major changes that they made to their musical style but it is a great album nonetheless. a great recommendation in my book. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2011
    10
    Since I bought this album, it's 14 songs have dominated my playlist. This is a clever, heavy, and just plain fun album and possibly mySince I bought this album, it's 14 songs have dominated my playlist. This is a clever, heavy, and just plain fun album and possibly my favorite overall album ever. I'll do a mini-review of each song:

    1: Been to Hell - This song, for those accustom to HU's party themed techno music, is one hell of a sucker punch, combining a heavy and overall awesome beat to a dark subject covered well by good singing and lyrics. 9/10.

    2: Apologize - They go the route of Eminem for this song and dis all haters while commenting on their status as a role model, as well as just singing about how they don't give a **** Add this to catchy beat and we're in business. 8/10.

    3: Comin' in Hot - Pure Hollywood Undead. It's about partying and it's catchy as all hell. If you like ANY of Hollywood Undead's old songs about partying you will like this. 8/10.

    4: My Town - This track is forgettable at best, while not bad, hell, it's pretty fun to listen to, it just avoids my memory (whereas by now I can recite most every other song). 6/10.

    5: I don't wanna Die - Well, creative title there. However this song overall is really good, despite somewhat simplistic and uncreative lyrics. 7/10.

    6: Hear Me Now - I am convinced that this song was created purely to show off Danny (the new "lead" singer)'s singing ability, and it is one of my favorite songs by this band as well as the favorite song of the album by all of my friends. 9/10.

    7: Gangsta Sexy - You thought that Comin' in Hot was pure HU? **** please. Typical partying and drinking, good singing, catchy beat, you know the dril- Freeze... at ease... let Funny Man bang on these keys (8/10).

    8: Glory - Most underrated song on this album. Is it unique? Not really. Is it catchy? Not like some other songs on this track? Then what makes this song so good? Well, singing and lyrics of course. This song is just a well-made product. It's not flashy but it gets the job done well. 8/10.

    9: Lights Out - If you are unfamiliar with this band's history, it's former "lead" singer was a total **** and the band kicked him out, then he tried to dis the band through song. This is the retaliation, and I pity poor Deuce after the beating he had received. Otherwise, it again has good singing and lyrics, and shows off Danny's talent. 8/10.

    10: Coming Back Down - Worst song on this album. While it grew on me enough to not hate it, it is too different (in a negative fashion) than the other songs on here and is just out of place rather than unique. 4/10.

    11: Bullet - My favorite song on the album. Why? Well it has a happy, bass heavy beat that is catchy as hell, and, until J3T's low, depressing voice starts singing (followed by his daughter's creepy little girl voice) has quality and positive singing. Did I mention that it's about someone who wants to commit suicide and is determining his options? 10/10.

    12: Levitate - I have no clue what this song is about, but I do know that while the repetition of lyrics (somewhat common in this album) is just annoying here, and it drags down this otherwise intense and entertaining song. 7/10.

    13: Pour Me - A depressing song about the desperation of a hopeless alcoholic, this song shows how powerful a ballad can be when done in rap form (Stan, anyone?) and shows off the previously mention depressing voice work of J3T. If I had to pick one song to show someone from this album, it would be this one, to show the band's true potential. 10/10.

    Tendencies - Ending like it began, American Tragedy's final track is a heavy-as-an-anvil thrill ride about killing **** and makes me feel like a badass inside. 8/10.

    Overall verdict on the album: I love it, for all of its ups and downs, it's an album to represent the person who isn't rich (these guys were a million dollars in debt before they could even release an album) and has struggled through life, and of course it reflects the lifestyle of where they live (Hollywood?), both positive and negative aspects. The party songs seem to show both a cover-up to the depression and violence in the other songs and a genuinely alluring good life that one can have, but don't believe the hype.
    Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2011
    9
    This album is a lot different than Swan Songs, but that doesn't mean it's not good. Fans of the previous album may not enjoy American Tragedy.This album is a lot different than Swan Songs, but that doesn't mean it's not good. Fans of the previous album may not enjoy American Tragedy. It does not bother me that their style has changed. I have listened to album many times and am still enjoying it. Expand
  7. Apr 21, 2012
    5
    At times they sound like Linkin Park at its finest, at others they sound like depressed little wannabe **** Hollywood Undead are a bunch ofAt times they sound like Linkin Park at its finest, at others they sound like depressed little wannabe **** Hollywood Undead are a bunch of **** who think they're cool and try to play up to both the metal fans and the rap fans by playing a fusion of both but instead, they end up alienating both groups and end up attracting douchebags that just wanna drink. With that being said, there are some really good songs on this album. Basically, if they end up imitating Linkin Park they sound great, and if they try to imitate Hollywood Undead of 2008, they sound like total douche****. Deuce is gone so they have to center their sound more around Danny, the singer who does the choruses. When they do that, they sound great. When they don't, they sound awful. Highlights of this album are Been to Hell (definitely one of the rock songs of 2011), Hear Me Now, Coming Back Down, Bullet and Lights Out. Low points of this album are I Don't Wanna Die, Comin in Hot (ugh), Gangsta Sexy (UGH). Don't get this album but download some songs from this album because there are some great songs on this, lost in the **** of course. Expand

See all 15 User Reviews