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- Posted on Jul 13th 2008 12:00PM by Adam Horne
Various Artists: 'Patriotic Country 3' (Compilation): Boy, did I hit 'Crap Stack' gold this week. The eagle-over-an-American-flag album cover made it clear that I was in for 17 tracks of over-the-top, flag-waving anthems that come close to embarrassing "boot in your ass" jingoism. But to be fair, most of the album was pretty PC-- for example, Tracy Lawrence's 'If I Don't Make it Back' is a genuinely heartbreaking tribute to a fallen friend and soldier. But take a look at the gleefully simplistic lyrics to 'The Fightin' Side of Me' by country legend Merle Haggard. "I hear people talkin' bad/about the way we have to live here in this country," "If you don't love it, leave it." Merle proudly declares his disdain for those who don't unequivocally approve of their government. To quote Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "America ... F--- YEAH!!!"
Metro Station: 'Shake It' (CD single): This song just makes me feel old. Am I really so out of touch at 21? I have already become the angry coot yelling, "You kids with your damn music!" And how old are these dudes? The line "You're on the bed but your clothes are laying right there" just makes me feel uncomfortable. Seriously, though, Metro Station has neat hair.
Staind: 'Believe' (CD Single): Yes, Staind are still alive (I'm as surprised as you). I thought maybe after a few years out of the spotlight, the guys would be up to some new tricks. They're not. Actually, if you have ever heard a Staind song, you might as well stop reading here. 'Believe' is a dark, brooding, grunge-y power ballad with a subdued verse and a big, hooky chorus. It's not the worst song -- Staind have always been able to write a memorable melody here and there. Aaron Lewis' voice still sounds pretty. The problem is, it's no longer 2001. Is the band's formula still going to work?