- Summary: The second studio album for the Los Angeles rap-rock group features American Idol contestant Danny Murillo who replaced Deuce.
- Record Label: A&M
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
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Apr 21, 2011Some 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]
Nov 16, 2011Another 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
Jun 21, 2011This is the first album that I heard from Hollywood Undead and I thought that this album was amazing with the electronic synth beats and heavy urban and rock sounds. The lyrics are very stuck up and inappropriate at times, but that is who they are and it definitely works for them. I can listen to any song on the album and enjoy it. The music itself is mind blowing and it stays with you until you listen to it again. If you don't have the deluxe version, then you should really look those songs up because they are amazing, including the iTunes bonus track "Street Dreams," which is awesome as well. This is different than Swan Songs, but a good different and I recommend it to all the HU fans out there.… Expand
Apr 20, 2011Since 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
Nov 1, 2012"American Tragedy" serves as a great sequel to the well done "Swan Songs". With the departure of Deuce, Hollywood Undead has taken on a more serious shift towards making music. With songs like "Been to Hell" and "Tendencies" this album serves up some great heavy rock music. Combined with songs like "Comin in Hot" and "Gangsta Sexy" that bring a more upbeat/ party style like atmosphere to the album. Also included are several more downer songs that have great lyrics, but are so depressing that listening to these certain songs more than a few times brings you into a musically induced depression. These songs include the likes of "I Don't Wanna Die" and "Pour Me". With lyrics like "I wake up right about the mid-afternoon,with the sun in the sky. but night's coming soon and I walk to the mirror just to fix myself, Yeah, life gets harder when you love nothing else" I can't say i love these songs; more admire the creative lyrics and the darker side of the song. Then there are the other songs of the Album. Songs like "Lights Out" which is an obvious attempt to swing back at the ex-band member Deuce and his constant tirade of songs ripping Hollywood Undead. Songs like "Hear Me Now", and "Glory" are 2 other great rock songs, Yet are sometimes sidelined by several of the other good songs on the album like the rock/rap mix of "Levitate" and the rap song "Apologize". Then you get a song like "Bullet", an upbeat song about suicide. Yes, that's right. Suicide. With a chorus that goes like "My legs are dangling off the edge, the bottom of the bottle is my only friend" you would expect yourself to put a "bullet in your head" by the end of the song. However, that is not the case, instead it puts life into perspective. Whenever I am having a bad day I will listen to this song and just say to myself "Hey, it can be worse". Overall, fantastically written album, sometimes the chorus of songs is weak but the verse's more then make up for it.… Expand
Jun 26, 2011Hollywood 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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