SMF Slamboard
SMF Slamboard
Search SMF Slamboard | Photo Albums |
You are logged in as a guest. ( logon | register )

Posting a reply to: Rob Zombie's Educated Horses Debuts At Number 5 On Billboard Top 200

Slamboard Home-> Off-Topic Forum
Guest name

Anonymous: No
MBBS Code: Yes
Disable HTML
Enable emoticons

You are replying to:
SMF Cyndi
Posted 2006-04-14 4:01 AM (#1716 - in reply to #1002)
Subject: Rob Zombie's Educated Horses Debuts At Number 5 On Billboard Top 200
Quote Reply

Location: Graveyard BLVD.
Rob Zombie's Educated Horses Debuts At Number 5 On Billboard Top 200 News At
Rob Zombie's Educated Horses Debuts At Number 5 On Billboard Top 200

Educated Horses, the third solo album from from Robert Cummings, AKA: Rob Zombie, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week. The album, which saw its release on March 28th, sold 107,000 units in its first week of release. The chart position of Educated Horses matches the highest Billboard 200 position attained by Rob Zombie in his solo career - his debut record, Hellbilly Deluxe, also reached #5, having moved 120,000 units.

Rob Zombie - Educated Horses (Geffen Records/ Universal)
By: Justin Donnelly

After spending the last five years indulging his creative urges on celluloid (2003’s House Of 1000 Corpses and 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects), former White Zombie front man Rob Zombie has returned to music with his first new studio release since 2001’s The Sinister Urge.

Reassembling a new backing band (Consisting of ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John Five, long time bassist Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson and drummers in A Perfect Circle/The Vandals’ Josh Freese, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee and ex-Ted Nugent/Alice Cooper pounder Tommy Clufetos), and collaborating once again with co-producer/co-writer/multi-instrumentalist Scott Humphrey, Zombie attempts to reinvent himself with his long awaited third full length studio effort Educated Horses.

In typical Zombie fashion, the tone of the album is set with the brief piano/drum based instrumental score ‘Sawdust In The Blood’, which gives of an effective eerie soundtrack like quality to start things off.

‘American Witch’ is classic Zombie with it’s basic guitar riff structure, catchy (Slightly effect enhanced) chorus and overall slower grinding pace, but the lead off single ‘Foxy Foxy’ is a little too groove orientated and repetitive to really stand out, and perhaps a poor choice as a first single for fans expecting a hard hitting return.

By ‘17 Year Locust’ (And the slow, plodding slide guitar based number ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ further into the album), it’s fairly evident that there’s little in the way of the high energy speed that was evident on Zombie’s past releases, and although the sitar effects on the guitars provide an interesting effect, the song is fairly uneventful.

‘The Scorpion Sleeps’ manages to liven up the middle section of the album with a strong ‘70’s stomping influence (Gary Glitter’s ‘Rock And Roll’ springs to mind), while the rocking ‘Let It All Bleed Out’ (Preceded by the dark and haunting instrumental piece ‘100 Ways’, and featuring some great solo work from Five) and ‘Ride’ are by far the closest Educated Horses comes to sounding anything like 1998’s Hellbilly Deluxe.

The only other track to exemplify Zombie’s want for experimentation outside his usual style is the dark acoustic/symphonic effort ‘Death Of It All’. The stripped back feel again gives off a haunting/sinister feel, but with a definite maturity that’s rarely been shown from Zombie in the past.

Finishing up the album is ‘The Lords Of Salem’, which is essentially another stock standard Zombie filler delivered at a slow and lumbering pace.

Zombie has made an attempt to cut back on the industrial influences and go for a more organic sound, as well as rely less on the b-grade horror themes, and while it works in some cases, for the most part, his new direction lacks enough push to really distance himself from his familiar sound of the past. Educated Hoses is aimed strictly at fans that have been eagerly awaiting a new album, because while in the end it’s a good album, it’s hard not to think of Zombie as a one trick pony at this point of his career.

Edited by SMF Cyndi 2006-04-14 4:04 AM

(Delete all cookies set by this site)
Running MegaBBS ASP Forum Software v2.0
© 2003 PD9 Software