I bought this when I was going through a emo phase I saw the cd advertised in a magazine and I thought that it would be a good cd and it had quite a few bands on it that I either like or that I had meant to listen to but have never gotten round to it.
I was really surprised by the cd I don't know why properly because I did not know what to really expect maybe I was expecting a cd with lots of emo bands on it and singing about the how much they don't like valentines day. I was surprised by the cd and I love the cd.
The cd is full of tracks by bands that we all love and is a very balanced cd.
Nickelback - Something In Your Mouth
I personally don't like this song I don't know it's just the type of song that when I listened to it I just want to skip it, so that's what I do.
Paramore - Misery Business
We all love an little bit of Paramore saying that Misery Business is not the best song they have sung but it matches the titles.
Slipknot - Dead Memories
A pretty depressing song and it does not go very well on this cd.
Atreyu - Doomsday
A great song I love songs like this it as a very good riff going all the way through it fits in well on this cd.
Gallows - Orchestra Of Wolves
This is a great song properly because of the lyrics and the song is very good.
Kill Hannah - Lips like morphine
Personally I don't like this song the tune is really bad and it is a really bad song.
Elliot Minor - Jessica
I love Elliot minor, they are a really bad band and this song is really good, I can really relate to the song as I have had some bad experiences with girls just like this song.
Panic At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies This is not a bad song it's just that I don't like the song and I don't like the band either. What makes this song worse on this cd is because it's the clean version and does not have the swear words in it, not that makes it weird when when I have been listening to the original version before.
Cobra Starship - Guilty Pleasure
Is it just me or does the song sound really old like it's from the 70's and really old. I don't like the song mainly for that reason.
Simple Plan - Your Love Is a Lie This is a nice song but it's a pop song and to be honest I don't really like pop music but it is a catchy song and very listenable to.
Madina Lake - Pandora
I don't like this song either to be honest.
Kids In Glass Houses - Girls
I like this it's catchy and really listenable to.
Fighting With Wire - Everyone Needs A Nemesis
This is a band that I have never seen before but I really like them now and it's one of my favorite songs on the cd.
Biffy Clyro - Mountains
This is a very good and popular song but I don't like the song.
Billy Talent - Try Honesty
Everybody loves Billy Talent and I love that song to.
A - Better Off With Him
Who are they? I like the song because it's not very catchy and does not have a riff.
Jacks Mannequin - The Mixed Tape
I like the song it's very good and it's very catchy. The only line I don't like in that is the end one lol.
Cute Is What We Aim For - Loser
I love cute is what we aim for and this song is a very good song by the band.
Amanda Palmer - Leeds United
I don't like this song.
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When I was flicking through one of my monthly guitar magazines, I found a competition. I normally enter these competitions for loads of new guitar gear as they are free to enter online. Well last month I did the same thing and entered the competitions from the magazine, not expecting to win anything. A week or so later I got an email saying that I had won! I wasn't sure what I had won at first, a guitar, a new amp, the ideas were running through my head. As I read on I found out that it was a CD. All of that excitement, just for a CD. After the initial disappointment of not getting a new guitar, I realised that I did not care, as I had won a competition, for the first time!
Enough about me, now for the CD. The Album comprises of 19 songs, by various artists. The title, "IT'S A MISERY BUSINESS anti love songs for the anti valentine" suggests that the songs are going to be of the darker nature, none of the usual, cliché love songs. The cover is black, and the picture on the front, in red, is of a man wielding a heart shaped guitar, about to smash it. Names of some of the artists on the album are printed in red around this picture. On the top left of the front cover you can clearly see that the album includes "Explicit Content" this further ads to the picture of the type of music that will be on the album.
The artists on this album are mostly non-mainstream artists, which suits me as I listen to quite a lot of them already. Bigger names like nickelback and paramore are also included on the album. I have to say that I had never previously heard of half of the bands such as, Jacks Mannequin, or Cobra Starship. This album has certainly opened my eyes to a lot of talent that I had never heard of before.
As there are 19 tracks on the album, I don't want to write something about every track, instead I am going to choose my favourite five tracks and write something about the band, and the song itself. At the end of the review I will also write out a full track listing.
-- MY TOP FIVE -
In no particular order, here are my top five tracks on this album.
1. Nickelback - Something in your mouth
Nickelback are a Canadian rock band that released their first album in 1996. They have released a total of six studio albums.
This song is from their most recent album "Dark Horse."
The song starts off with a cool guitar riff before a very overdriven guitar comes in with loads of feedback. The song is quite heavy compared to other songs by nickelback. Some of the vocals are pretty fast, almost rapping. There are quite a lot of effects on the song, as the guitars stop to let the vocals cut through. The best line in this song is part of the title, "you look so much cuter with something in your mouth." There is a where the song breaks down to the vocals and a basic drum beat. After this there is a short guitar part before the whole band comes back in.
I really like this song. It's great. I would have to rate it 5/5
2. Paramore- Misery business
Paramore are an American rock band that formed in 2004. Their first album was released in 2004 followed by their most recent album "Riot". This song is featured on "Riot" and was the first song from the album to be released.
The track starts with some guitar riffs, before the vocals by Hayley Williams come in. The chorus of this song is great, it's so memorable and it sticks in your head for ages. There is a bridge with clean guitar strumming and playing broken chords. The guitar solo after this is basic but is really cool. The whole song is great and I love it.
Overall I give this song 5/5 as well.
3. Simple Plan- Your Love Is A lie
Simple plan are another American rock band. They have three studio albums and two live albums. This song is taken from their third studio album "Simple Plan". The song was the second single released from this self-titled album.
The song starts with a really cool guitar, broken chord line. The drums then come in, just before the vocals. The song is quite gentile compared to the previous two songs that I have talked about. This version of the song is the blanked out version, even although there is an explicit warning on the album. The word "F**k" is replaced with "touches" in the second verse. The chorus of this song is great, it has an acoustic guitar, and electric overdriven guitar and a powerful drum beat through out. There is a guitar solo in the song as well but it is just a short one. The words "your love is just a lie" are repeated all the way through the song in the chorus and at separate parts. I like this song but it annoys me after listening to it for a while.
4. Biffy Clyro- Mountains
Biffy Clyro are a Scottish (GO SCOTLAND) rock band from Ayr. They have released four studio albums since 2002. This song, Mountains, was released in July of 2008 and reached number 5 in the UK singles charts. This is the bands most successful song to date.
The song is quite slow and starts of with a piano before the vocals join in. The song then lightens up with the drums bass and guitar entering at once. The guitar puts out some great chord sequences, whilst the vocals are beautifully harmonised. The bass part plays off the beat most of the time, making this seemingly simple song actually quite complex. The main lyrics, where the title came from are, "I am a mountain, I am the Sea" I don't really know what it is supposed to mean but it sounds great. There is a bridge where the piano cuts through, doing a wee soloish bit. I really like this song, it's really catchy, and I can see why it got the success that it got.
5. Cute is What We aim For- Loser
Cute is what we aim for are an American band, formed in 2005. They currently have two studio albums; this song is from their 2008 release, Rotation. I don't like most of this bands music. But this song is pretty good.
The song starts off with a guitar and some quiet vocals before the drums start. Then the whole band starts playing loud all of a sudden, livening up the track. There are some nice harmonized vocals and great backing vocals. The track sounds like a very cheesy pop-punk track, which it is, but I still like it. The vocals go through some sort of effects processor at some parts, making them sound really cool. The song breaks down to the basic guitar riff near the end, before the main chorus starts up again. The song is pretty basic repeated patterns, but it still works.
Overall I give it 4/5
Well that's my views and a description of my favourite tracks, but what else is on the album? Here is a full track listing.
1.: Something In Your Mouth - Nickelback
2.: Misery Business - Paramore
3.: Dead Memories - Slipknot
4.: Doomsday - Atreyu
5.: Orchestra Of Wolves - Gallows
6.: Lips Like Morphine - Kill Hannah
7.: Jessica - Elliot Minor
8.: I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco
9.: Guilty Pleasure - Cobra Starship
10.: Your Love Is A Lie - Simple Plan
11.: Pandora - Madina Lake
12.: Girls - Kids In Glass Houses
13.: Everyone Needs A Nemesis - Fighting With Wire
14.: Mountains - Biffy Clyro
15.: Try Honesty - Billy Talent
16.: Better Off With Him - A
17.: Mixed Tape - Jack's Mannequin
18.: Loser - Cute Is What We Aim For
19.: Leeds United - Palmer, Amanda
In conclusion, this is a great album with lots of great tracks on it. It is not for everyone, but for me it is perfect. It has also let me find out some new up and coming talent that I will definitely be looking out for in the future. The album has a great mix of tracks, from famous, to mostly unknown.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes rock and alternative music. A great buy. (or prize)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Nickelback - Something In Your Mouth
2 Paramore - Misery Business
3 Slipknot - Dead Memories
4 Atreyu - Doomsday
5 Gallows - Orchestra Of Wolves
6 Serj Tankian - Empty Walls *
7 Kill Hannah
8 Elliot Minor - Jessica
9 Panic At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
10 Cobra Starship - Guilty Pleasure
11 Simple Plan - Your Love Is a Lie
12 Madina Lake - Pandora
13 Kids In Glass Houses - Girls
14 Fighting With Wire - Everyone Needs A Nemesis
15 Biffy Clyro - Mountains
16 Billy Talent - Try Honesty
17 A - Better Off With Him
18 Jacks Mannequin - The Mixed Tape
19 Cute Is What We Aim For - Loser
20 Amanda Palmer - Leeds United