Jul 082011
Rock Band DLC

Another singles week coming for DLC. These are overall my favourite weeks – so many different kinds of songs, and my musical tastes typically run broad enough to snag me several tracks. This is a pretty slim week overall, but with a 50% “get” ratio, I can’t complain.


The Songs

* Erasure – “A Little Respect
* Frankie Goes to Hollywood – “Relax (Come Fighting)
* P.O.D. – “Boom+
* P.O.D. – “Youth of the Nation

+ = pro-guitar/bass chart available


The Thoughts

Erasure‘s “A Little Respect” is one of those songs where you don’t necessarily like it, but it’s just so damned catchy it’s impossible to not be singing it. Forever. It’s like a virus. So basically good luck not buying it. If/when you do, if you play keys you’ll more than get your money’s worth; this thing will keep your hands busy. Don’t overlook the vocals though. Just while I was typing this out? Started singing it. Didn’t even realize. A VIRUS.

“Relax” … do we really need to talk about it? Frankie Goes to Hollywood‘s only major hit, but did they really need anything more than this? I think not. Particularly if you grew up in the 80s (hi), this song isn’t just a song, it’s a part of you. It’s also a song with something great to offer across the board: Catchy riffs for keys, guitar and even bass, driving beat, and instantly recognizable vocals. All while being in that comfortable casual difficulty range that makes for an amazing party song. Should be a great addition for any Rock Band library.

Which brings us to P.O.D. – but not just P.O.D. but their most hated of all hated songs, “Youth of a Nation”. As I mentioned briefly last time we had the group for DLC, this was basically the song that drove me out of my apartment. So while I suppose I owe it a debt of gratitude, that debt in no way diminishes my smoldering hatred. It’s a harder option this week though, which I think goes a long way to appealing to the group of players for whom synthpop isn’t so much a thing. While I detest the song, I concede it has a pretty nice drum part going, and there’s even a little bit of keys tossed in. Bass and guitar are a bit more intricate, but just as repetitive. Definitely nothing here for me.

Which brings us to “Boom”, which I don’t know by title. As the one with the pro chart this week however, I expect something at least marginally interesting on guitar. And yeah, I suppose it is, at least by comparison to the other tracks this week, all of which are pretty lax on the guitar/bass front. But it’s nothing special, just an overdriven nu metal cacophony. I’ll pass.


The Summary

While the notables for me this week are the 80s songs, drummers take a good look at “Youth of a Nation”. Guitarists and bassists, you might be expecting me to point you at “Boom”, but pro-chart aside I’m really not; I don’t think there’s anything better there than what you’ll find in “Relax” – easily my pick this week – and that comes with the benefit of great parts for all the other instruments too. Keys players, don’t miss “A Little Respect” though, which should be a decent challenge, and the same to you vocalists, since you know you’re already singing the song to yourself anyway.

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