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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.
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Hear Me Now
As I walk through the valley, Of the shadow of death. I wear my crown of thorns, And pull the knife out of my chest. I keep searching for... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Kerrang!
    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."
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  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'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
  2. May 2, 2017
    10
    Very good sophomore album by Hollywood Undead. Has a lot of great songs such as: Bullet, Tendencies, Mother Murder, Hear Me Now, and Levitate.Very good sophomore album by Hollywood Undead. Has a lot of great songs such as: Bullet, Tendencies, Mother Murder, Hear Me Now, and Levitate. Overall an awesome album I find myself listening to every now and then. Expand
  3. 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
  4. 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 knownA 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
  5. 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
  6. Oct 19, 2017
    8
    TL;DR at the bottom for those with little time to spare :)

    Hollywood Undead have recently become one of my favourite bands of all time, and
    TL;DR at the bottom for those with little time to spare :)

    Hollywood Undead have recently become one of my favourite bands of all time, and until the release of 'Five' in just over a week from this review being written, American Tragedy is currently my go-to album from the group (although not my favourite).
    Songs such as Been to Hell and Hear Me Now are recommended listens no matter who you are and what you like. They are easily some of the best songs to come out of 2011. Along with these two songs, another stand out song is the happiest song you'll ever hear about killing yourself. Bulet has gained a major following for it's combination of depressing lyrics matching up to the cheery guitar strums in the bulk of the song. The party songs Le Deux and Comin' in Hot are also sure to get you dancing around, both featuring solid beats and good lyrics to match. Give Gangsta Sexy a miss though... Other songs such as Street Dreams or S.C.A.V.A are welcome, more emotional songs akin to that of Paradise Lost from their debut album and Tendencies is one of the heaviest songs the group has ever made.

    TL;DR
    Hear Me Now and Been To Hell are classics
    You need to listen to Bullet!
    Party songs are good (excepting Gangsta Sexy)
    Street Dreams and S.C.A.V.A for those who don't want to listen to party songs or rock songs or songs about killing yourself
    Tendencies is for those with more of a taste for rock/metal

    Final Score: 8/10
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  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

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