Hopefully I’m the not the only one! Zoogirl? Anyway, it came out yesterday and is called “Along Came a Spider,” about a serial killer named (appropriately enough) Spider. He traps his victims in silk and then cuts off a leg, all the better to build his own arachnid with. Then he falls in love and well, you’ll have to hear the rest to figure out how the story ends.
I’ve never reviewed music before, but there’s several tracks that I already adore and a couple that inspire a meh. Here’s my thoughts…
[ul]Vengence is Mine has Slash playing on it and, in my humble opinion, rocks the hardest.
[li]The Prologue and Epilogue are extremely good and creepy. I think they rock pretty decently too.[/li][li]In Your Femine Side, the rhyming is atrocious. Scare in your hair? Hips in your slips? < groan > WTF??!?[/li][li]Two ballads, Killed by Love and Salvation, are very pretty and uncharacteristic for those that don’t know that Alice is quite handy at these. My only drawback is that the latter also serves a Christian theme and, I suppose, I’d rather keep that off the killing grounds. I dunno.[/li][li]I think Wake the Dead, I’m Hungry, The One that Got Away and Catch Me if You Can are more homage to his garage sound. They’re extremely likable, in a get-to-your-feet-and-clap arena rock way. Some I like more than others, certainly the ones whose lyrics have double entendres. [/li][/ul]
Overall, I think it’s pretty kick ass. Especially for a concept album today, but no where near the genius of “Welcome to my Nightmare.” However, I feel it’s right up there with “Dragontown” and “Last Temptation”. Finally, when he tours specifically to support this, it’s been said that he’ll be doing mini vignettes to illustrate the songs, similar to old radio programs from the 40s. Should be interesting. If anyone wants to check out more, there’s an official group on YouTube that has the 4 pre-trailers that set up the release and of course, everything is available for download. There’s even two extras I haven’t heard yet!
Check out anything I’ve failed to mention (which, I’m sure, is a LOT) on his website or there’s even a myspace page. He’s touring right now in the UK, but will be back in the states during the fall.
Overall, I give this a solid 8 rating (out of 10) with a possibility to climb due to repeated listening.