140 Character Reviews is an occasional reoccurring post where we take a highly anticipated album and record our impressions of it track-by-track as we hear it for the first time. We withhold the right to change our minds a few listens later.
Was Ugly Kid Joe ever anything more than a novelty one hit wonder band? A less talented and less humorous Green Jelly? And what kind of world is it that we’re living in when these guys are releasing new music in 2012?
Needless to say, I am not expecting to like this album. I think it also goes without saying that this is not a “highly anticipated album.” My exact tweet when I saw it this morning was; “Ugly Kid Joe – Stairway to Hell (2012) <----- WTF?" and I immediately decided to give it a single pass and tweet my thoughts...Here, is that exchange: 140 Character Review time: Ugly Kid Joe – Stairway to Hell (2012) ....and to think I am pausing First Aid Kit for this.... Devils Paradise: cock rock straight out of 1990 and it brought every lame cliche’ with it.
You Make Me Sick: Expecting “Everything About You” Part II & I got it. Like most sequels this one is not nearly as good. No hit here…
No One Survives: Standard acoustic opening, rocking chorus, acoustic verse wash rinse repeat formula. Lame lyrics.
I’m Alright: Catchiest song so far but like the rest of the album so far it sounds completely dated.
Love Ain’t True!: to quote Mr. Slave, “Jesus Christ.” This is fucking horrible.
Another Beer: acoustic, “countryish” sound. Terrible lyrics. No. Need a stronger word. Wretched. Wretched lyrics.
The best thing I can say about this album is that it’s short. It not only met my expectations of terrible, it exceeded them at times. I can not recommend this album under any circumstance. Don’t buy it, don’t download it and don’t stream it as you may encourage them to make more.