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SUICIDE SQUAD ALBUM REVIEW: RUN, DO NOT WALK TO THE WILD SIDE
August 17, 2016 6:37 pm

 

Whether you loved the colorful action or hated the bland villains and plot, Suicide Squad is out and strong opinions are flying everywhere. Rotten Tomatoes is famous for in depth/no shame ratings of movies, their Critic Score stands at an abysmal 26% rating while the fans score is at 69%. This split on the movie either being horrible or mostly good is everywhere. But with all this controversy over the film, nobody can deny that the soundtrack is amazing. This magic mixtape of artists and styles is impressive, creative and in reality is far better than the movie.

I would describe the attitude of the album as heroically rough around the edges. Just like the villains gone hero in the movie, the songs have a dark intensity while being oddly uplifting and easy to relate to. The album is basically split into two song types: reflective and slow or fast and powerful.

Starting with Skrillex’s and Rick Ross’s Purple Lamborghini could not have been a better choice. This song seemed underwhelming at first for me, but the more I listened the more I saw their subtle teamwork to make a brutal dubstep/hip-hop/rap song. “Wreak Havoc” by Skylar Grey is the perfect punch to the face pop song and Grimes brings her electronic magic right after it. The second to last track is Panic! At The Disco’s cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which is obviously not better than the original, but comes close in reality. From the similarity in the voice to the modernized rock section with added emphasis in the orchestra parts, Panic! At The Disco does it incredibly.

As for the mellow side of the album, “Sucker For Pain” slows it down with a more personal song that speaks the the darker sides of people, but in a good way. With Imagine Dragons, Logic, Lil Wayne, X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa all packed into this song, I was genuinely surprised how good it turned out. Twenty One Pilots continues the slower and deeper reflection tones from movie with the odd and beautiful “Heathens”. “Gangsta” and “Know Better” by Kehlani and Kevin Gates respectively are the weakest songs on the album, but they’re not bad, just not up to par with the others. The last track is “I Started a Joke” by ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson, and this song is not that complex when it comes to instruments or vocals, but that’s the best part of it. It starts slightly innocent sounding and then gets darker and more grim as it goes, a true black rose: dauntingly beautiful.

This album is awesome, but there are flaws for sure. Some songs are sound like filler or too geared toward pop culture appeal, but overall it’s worth your time. Being a compilation album with so many artists, I’m impressed that it turned out to be so good. To summarize all this, I would honestly recommend skipping the movie and watching it when it comes out on Netflix or RedBox and then using that ticket money to go buy this album, totally worth it.

 

X Ambassadors Lead The Way
September 30, 2015 2:16 pm

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Hailing from Ithaca, New York, alternative rock band X Ambassadors are on the verge of chart-topping world domination.

With the summer release of their debut album VHS, the band’s second single, “Renegades” peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative chart and secured a partnership with Jeep’s Renegade campaign with a pretty sick video.

Brothers Sam and Casey Harris founded the band with childhood friend Noah Feldshuh and Sam’s classmate Adam Levin, whom he met while attending the New School in New York City. They released their debut EP under the name “Ambassadors,” but later switched to X Ambassadors after being discovered by fellow alt-rock band Imagine Dragons. They later released two more EPs and toured with Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World and The Mowglis.

X Ambassadors’ sound has been compared to a broad range of artists from Tom Waits to Nick Jonas, the latter glaringly noticeable in “Gorgeous.” Still, they manage to create a sound that’s their own on tracks like “B.I.G.” and “Hang On.”

This past July, “Renegades” was nominated for Best Rock Song at the Teen Choice Awards but lost to Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.” With the Grammys right around the corner, X Ambassadors could be seeing a nomination in their future.

Currently touring Europe and North America, be sure to check them out when they come through your town!