Three albums I wanted all came out within a month of each other. I thought I’d review all of them in one article to save time, especially since I probably couldn’t write a full article about two of them.
UNDER THE COVERS
Clearly the best album of the three, but I am a huge super fan of Ninja Sex Party. My enthusiasm for this album shouldn’t exactly be surprising. Tupper Ware Remix Party contributes the backing instruments for what is actually Ninja Sex Party’s first album with live instruments. Danny Sexbang managed to do better than the original singer with the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” That track is definitely my favorite on the album. “Jump” was also fantastic. “Take On Me” and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” were not only really good, but have been made into two cool music videos. A third video of the aforementioned “Wish You Were Here” is planned to be released soon. I can’t wait.
My only real criticism of this album is that they recycled a previously free to download track, “The Last Unicorn,” onto this album. As a massive fan of the band, I already had this track in my iTunes library (other MP3 listening software applications are available.) It would have been fine if it was a different recording, maybe with different instrumental backing. But that’s not what happened.
The remaining tracks on the album, which include covers of two songs originally by Rush, are great. Other than “Subdivisions,” I had not heard any of the remaining songs before that I can recall. In short, I don’t have the originals in my music library or remember hearing them anywhere else. Danny Sexbang’s vocals carry through on all of them, as does the distinct instrumental composition of Tupper Ware Remix Party. I have listened to the album many times over the last week or so.
LIVE FROM LEXXI’S MOM’S GARAGE
This live album is special because Steel Panther released it with a DVD recording of the concert. That was nice of them. Interspersed between some of the songs are skits, including one really weird one involving a dead body. The woman on the cover of the album is not actually Lexxi’s mom, but an actress hired to play her for said skits. I have a feeling this album was not actually recorded in the garage of Lexxi’s mom.
All of the songs on the album, except for “That’s When You Came In,” were previously released but done on this album in an acoustic style. Unfortunately, this acoustic style is so muted in some of the songs that they sound almost exactly the same as the original recordings. I still really enjoyed the album, but the DVD is what made it great. And the little comments between each other before most of the songs. It may just be my opinion, but the original recordings are probably better.
Recommend if the DVD comes with it.
Except for some sampled music and the slightly altered Deadpool rap from that video game a few years ago, most of this album is comprised of the synthesizer-heavy original score from Junkie XL. It seems Junkie XL really loves the opening tune of “Beat It,” as I thought many times during the movie Michael Jackson was about to start singing. The score fit the movie, and that’s truly all one can ask for.
Thankfully, I actually didn’t have any of the sampled songs in my music library yet. This album was, as such, worth the purchase price on Amazon MP3 (other MP3 purchasing methods are available.)