American Tragedy - Hollywood Undead
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  • 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
    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."
  6. 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 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'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
  2. 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 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
  3. 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 than deuce was. these 14 songs are all i listen to now. Expand
  4. 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 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.
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  5. Jan 9, 2014
    9
    A more serious album than the previous. Most of the songs have lost the sense of humor and vulgarity that the band's previous work was known for, but it still proves to be an excellent time. "American Tragedy" also moves away from the rap songs and establishes more of a rock style for the band. There's still rapping, just not as much. It's a bold move for the band to change so much stylistically, but I feel it payed off. The sound is tight and this is still a band that one can enjoy rocking out to. I find it really cool that the band managed to change up their musical style without sacrificing their identity that the fans love. All in all I find this to be an excellent album with many songs that I'll enjoy returning to listen to time and time again. 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. It does not bother me that their style has changed. I have listened to album many times and am still enjoying it. Expand
  7. Jun 26, 2011
    3
    Hollywood Undead has some of the most ignorant and hateful fans. If you say anything bad about HU on the internet, their angry preteen fans will stalk and harass you for weeks. I learned this first hand. With that being said, American Tragedy is one of the worst albums this year. Unlike their previous album Swan Songs which had decent lyrics, American Tragedy had atrocious lyrics. "Momma cry, baby die" WTF?? These guys are worse than Vanilla Ice. And most of the rapped verses had nothing to do with the choruses. J3T had some of the worst rapping on this album. Every song, he raps about the moon, sunlight, night, or tell my baby I love her. His lyrics make no sense whatsoever. The new singer Danny sounds like a castrated Backstreet boy. Is it really that difficult for a guy to sing in a manly voice. American Tragedy is much more commercial and contains very little cussing and inappropriate content. The songs are much shorter and more suited to the radio. And the new singer's girly falsetto singing attracts lady gaga and Justin Bieber fans. I have never met a male Hollywood Undead fan. If you are a man and you like this garbage you might want to cut off your balls. How dare you call yourself man after liking this garbage. Hollywood Undead is basically Limp Bizkit for girls. Expand

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