I’m pretty much a novice when it comes to the Psychopathic family of music. I listened to my first Insane Clown Posse album a little more than a month ago and while I don’t prescribe to the fanaticism or the dress code I can see why so many of my friends are into this brand of music.
My buddy Ian is a huge fan and has loaned me quite a bit of material about ICP and their stable of musical acts. While I can’t say that all of them are good (or even worth listening to) I have become something of a fan of Twiztid.
The new album from Twiztid, W.I.C.K.E.D. Sounds like a horror movie in musical form. The usual instruments of horror films like blood and knives and decapitations are transformed pretty effectively into lyrics and notes over the course of fifteen tracks. The majority of the songs are about the Psychopathic Records staples of murder and mayhem but underneath the sometimes uninspired lyrics are metal guitars and hip hop beats that any musician would envy.
This album tells a story. Its a violent, horrifying story but each song has a place in it. While I appreciate the ambition in a band trying something that is incredibly hard to do and even harder to do well it does fall a little flat in spots. I’ve heard from several sources that W.I.C.K.E.D. Is supposed to be Twiztids darkest album ever and while I think that is true, at times the theme just doesn’t lend itself to good songs. I’ll take them one at a time and add in some audio aids when I can. To get started lets take a look at the lyrics to the mostly spoken word title track.
Gather we will
Each in search of a thrill
A reason for feeling the needing to kill
To stop what’s happening
To silence the screams
To not be afraid
To sleep and dream
To feel in control and to take it all back
To fall into peace as the sky turns to black
Hope you got what you wanted
This wonderful wish
To kill everyday until nothing exist in the world but you
Your the last one alive
But with no conflict to confront
Will there be a reason to survive
Will the anger just die
Or will you kill that aswell
As you sit all alone in your personal hell
Welcome to the wicked
To wish I could kill everyday
I don’t think this song is quite as pessimistic as it seems. The implication seems to be that conflict makes life worth living while at the same time wishing that conflict could be eradicated. Or maybe they just like to kill mutha fuckas.
Kill With Us
This track feels purposefully schizophrenic and while I understand the thematic reasoning, it kind of made me want to stop listening to the album. Neither of these first two tracks is really a “song” exactly and that’s a problem when trying to lure in a listener. My guess is the assumption here is that anyone listening to this album is already a fan and willing to stick it out. I think that is a bad assumption and one that could hurt them in the future.
Buckets Of Blood
This is the first actual song with verses and a chorus and everything. Unfortunately its not one of the better songs on the album. I know I’ve heard this exact beat before a few years ago. I think it was on a Ludacris album.
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
Again the desire to tell a story with the album actually detracts from the music. This track is full of ambient sounds and spoken word bits that make it impossible to just enjoy as a song.
Finally the story behind W.I.C.K.E.D. Becomes musical! The intro to this song made me think it was going to just be more of the same but when the first verse begins this album officially gets good. Thankfully this isn’t a lone good song on a bad album, he manages to find some friends.
One of the best songs on the album and my favorite of the W.I.C.K.E.D. Tracks. Dark ominous guitars are joined by haunting female vocals supplied by Ashley Heidrich. She shows up on a bunch of tracks and is a welcome addition to each and every one.
All Of the Above
I’m not a big fan of Blaze ya Dead Homie but he does a great job on this album starting with this track. His vocals seem lost on his own albums but he blends perfectly with Twiztid. For those keeping track, that’s three good songs in a row.
Thus ends the good song streak. This is a good example of those uninspired lyrics coupled with overly repetitive and redundant and repetitive and redundant beats.
This is the most energetic and fun song in the W.I.C.K.E.D. Story. It has so much energy and such a strong hook that this could easily be a dance club anthem if not for all the blood and murder.
The interspersed news clips and interviews can’t detract from how good this song is. I would love to hear a version with all the talkie talkie cut out so I could just enjoy the song. As of this point, the CD is at the 50% good mark.
They Told Me
The piano in this song is surprising and seems to oddly blend with the clever lyrics “fuck you mutha fucka”. Another solid track.
These guys rap faster than I can hear. Industrial beats mixed with fuzzy guitars. I would love to see this in a Tony Hawk game.
I know all the “juggalos” out there will want to string me up for saying this but this song has a really solid pop hook and could easily be turned into a radio single. That’s not a bad thing by the way.
When I Get To Hell
Another banal rap song. When these guys miss, they really miss.
This is the last track on the regular edition and closes out the W.I.C.K.E.D. Story. This song is a sharp departure from the rest of the album (in a good way) and is about as close to a ballad as these guys get. Its softer, slower and sadder while still being tinged with the anger and despair that permeates the entire album. This is an incredibly strong closing track and honestly makes me forget how bad the album started.
Catch the Show
This is another song with a really strong pop hook that could easily find its place alongside Eminem and Snoop Dog on Top 40 radio if anyone in the world would give these guys a shot.
A love song about a goth chick. Too silly for the concept album but a fantastic bonus track. Both of these tracks are catchy and a lot of fun to listen to.
It Don’t Stop
This is just a flat out great Twiztid song that just didn’t fit the W.I.C.K.E.D. Theme.