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Music Review: Methods Of Mayhem: A Public Disservice Announcement

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The band created by Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is back after a 10-year hiatus with their album A Public Disservice Announcement, and it’s certainly worth the wait!

The band was originally founded in the late 1990s as a collaboration with rapper TiLo on the eve of Tommy Lee’s divorce from Pamela Anderson. The self-titled debut album was released back in 1999, and most of the songs were written when Lee was in jail. Lee announced 10 years later that he would reform Methods Of Mayhem and produce another album, but it would be a unique one as well.

A Public Disservice Announcement was created from renditions and parts submitted from people all over the world based on demos of each song that were posted online. There were over 10,000 recordings that were listened to, and they took the best and most fitting submissions to add to the final product, the result of which is very unique and diverse, just like the band itself.

The album starts off with a rock-rap song that could be a Blink 182/Third Eye Blind/Smash Mouth song, called “Drunk Uncle Pete” that has a very catchy chorus about Pete’s constant drunkenness that I’m sure most people could relate to.

“Time Bomb” is the second track and is also the latest single/video that is out now. This continues the rock sound, but has a more punk feel too it. It is a great song to have as a single, due to its hooks and chorus that will keep you singing when you least expect it.

“Louder” has got to be one of my favorite tracks on the album, as it’s a song that I can feel the emotion behind the lyrics. It also has a great mix of acoustics, with a slow, strong buildup.

The next song was the first single off the album, “Fight Song,” and it’s a much more harder song than the previous three songs. If you didn’t care for the light rock vibe in those songs, you’ll enjoy the hard crunchy riffs that are all over this one, which is emphasized with Tommy Lee’s almost screaming vocals. One odd thing about this song is that about half the way in, the music drops down and then another voice starts speaking in a different language. It’s something that probably was suggested from one of the 10,000 submissions, but I can’t see how it fits with the rough edges of the rest of the song. Nonetheless, it won’t stop me from listening to the song again!

The album slows back down with the next tune, “Blame,” a break from the rowdy song before. This is probably my least favorite of the album, not because it’s a bad song at all, just that I think it’s not one that I’ll listen to over and over again.

The album takes a funky/sexy vibe with the tune “2 Ways,” and even adds in some female vocals to the mix. This song has a Lenny Kravitz feel with the funk and rock. And it works.

“Talk Me Off The Ledge” keeps a little of the funk and adds a lot of rock, and even a little sitar in the mix for good measure. This is another good song that you want to like more, but it doesn’t rank up with some of the other songs, in my opinion.

“Only One” is a much more guitar-based tune, with slight feelings of Pink Floyd at times, If you like guitars and guitar solos, this is the track you’ll enjoy.

After this point, the album goes into a more samples and dance vibe. Not that it’s a bad thing, it adds to the wide diversity of this album. “All I Wanna Do” keeps the funk going, but it’s more dance/hip-hop and less rock, almost a Justin Timberlake sound. In fact, I could imagine him helping on vocals on this song!

“Back To Before” starts out with a slow piano, but quickly brings in a dance beat and continues the dance songs. This could easily be a hot remix in a dance club, which may have been what Tommy Lee intended.

The final track, “Party Instructions,” keeps you dancing and provides step-by-step instructions on partying, by telling them to get high and drink. Did I mention that the lyrics are all sung by a computer-generated voice? Yeah, it’s an interesting song and kinda makes you wonder what Tommy Lee was really looking to do with this song, especially for the final one.

Methods Of Mayhem’s A Public Disservice Announcement is an album of many genres, probably one where you’ll like a couple songs, and hate all the rest. It’s well worth a listen though, just to hear what the hell Tommy Lee is up to. I’m sure there is a “method” to all his “mayhem” somewhere (sorry, couldn’t resist!).

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