Jun 242011
Rock Band DLC

And lo, there was new DLC, and Jet Wolf was pleased, for long had she wanted Poison, and now it had arrived. (And also 3 Doors Down, but LEGO already gave me the only song by them I know.)



The Songs

* 3 Doors Down – “Here Without You
* 3 Doors Down – “When I’m Gone+
* 3 Doors Down – “When You’re Young
* Poison – “Nothin’ but a Good Time+
* Poison – “Talk Dirty To Me
* Poison – “Unskinny Bop

+ = pro-guitar/bass chart available.


The Thoughts

3 Doors Down I don’t know all that well (read: at all), so let’s see what they have to offer. “Here Without You” is first, and it’s an alt-rock ballad. It didn’t really click with me I must confess. I didn’t hear much of interest either lyrically or musically. The melody and instrumentation were all fairly generic; the song ended maybe a minute ago and I can’t bring any of it to mind. Nothing here I’d find particularly compelling in my game. Pass.

“When I’m Gone” is next. Oh okay I know this one. Still though, yeah – I just don’t have much here that appeals. I like the flow of the lyrics in the chorus okay but otherwise I can’t find much that makes it stand apart from the dozens and dozens of other songs that sound exactly like it.

Let’s see how “When You’re Young” fares. Not much better, sadly. To my ears it sounds absolutely like every other song in this … genre? Is there a sub-genre for this type of music? I’m sure there must be. Same power chords, same vaguely melancholy scratchy vocals, same basic song structure. I genuinely liked “Kryptonite” and had hoped for more out of this band – but if they have more, it’s not on display in this pack. On the bright side, if you like one song in this pack odds are you’ll like them all.

Thankfully (for me) the rest of the week more than makes up for it. I have a big squishy soft spot for glam metal band Poison, particularly as theirs was the first concert I ever attended. And their music still holds up quite well today. It goes no deeper than “we really, really enjoy this lifestyle”, but there’s a purity to that which I appreciate. Poison’s music is fun, and that’s the beginning and the end of it.

“Nothin’ but a Good Time” kicks off the pack. From their second album, this is by far the harder of the three songs this week. This is a straight party anthem, and a fantastic one at that. The guitar is smoking from moment one with a catchy, killer riff throughout and a blistering solo (though Bret’s “gee-tar!” cue coming after the solo never fails to amuse). Drums are also stand-out here. This song is a shot of pure rock and should fit well into any game library.

“Talk Dirty to Me” is the one that Mike was most excited about, and it’s a great song, no denying it. From their first album, this marks Poison’s heaviest glam immersion and with it a slightly softer, slightly poppier sound. Again it’s a song that revels in its debauchery with a simple but driving beat and a guitar riff that seems to carry a slight 50s tone to it that always interests me.

Finally for Poison is “Unskinny Bop”, which was about the only decent song off that album, and stacked up to the others in this pack it falls far short. It’s not a bad song but it has to try too hard. Whereas “Dirty” and “Good Time” are effortless party songs, “Unskinny Bop” is oddly juvenile. It’s like the difference between a wild toga party thrown by a college senior and one thrown by the guy who graduated two years ago; now it just feels weird. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the whole pack for me, but if you just want the one, it’s easy to know which to eliminate first.


The Summary

It’s both super easy and kinda hard to suggest just the one song to you this week. Keyboardists you’re kinda SOL this time around I’m sorry to say, but the rest of the instruments have something to be excited about and that something is Poison. For my money, just skip all that 3 Doors Down nonsense – these songs offer you nothing you can’t find better in either “Nothin’ but a Good Time” or “Talk Dirty to Me”. And that’s where it gets hard, because both songs should be amazing to play in the game. After consideration I think I’m going to have to give a slight edge to “Good Time” on all parts, including vocals; while I think “Dirty” would be the more fun to sing solo, “Good Time” has that group sing appeal that’s tough to overlook. It also has a little bit more energy that pushes it over the top as my recommendation this week … but only barely. Heck, why limit yourself? Pick up both, slap on some eyeliner, and have a blast.

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