Legion of Boom Import
Crystal Method's Legion of Boom lives up to its title, dropping blasts of thumping samples, catchy riffs, and dependable grooves. But as with previous records like 2001's Tweekend, a chaotic, industrial darkness lurks around the edges that has little in common with the sheen of commercial dance. Many still compare Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland to the Chemical Brothers and their Big Beat, arena-pleaser cousins. But Boom sounds more like Nitzer Ebb in a good mood, or an angst-free Front 242. The duo has invited another batch of touchy-feely artists to contribute, like those noted softies Wes Borland and John Garcia, formerly of Limp Bizkit and Kyuss, respectively. Don't think for a second they aren't all having a blast, mixing in big, dumb hair metal with abandon. Most fun of all is the boost singer/actress Milla Jovovich gives to "I Know It's You," weaving her tweaked voice through a forest of tangled keyboards. With its bombastic techno-jams, Legion of Boom definitely makes for a tasty party record. Just keep the lights down as low as the bass end if you really want to capture the mood. --Matthew Cooke
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Vegas (1997) with "Trip Like I Do" is my 1st & favorite album, "Tweeked" 2001, good, "Keep Hope Alive" 2001, & "Community Service" 2002 5 albums I have, but have not bought recently, liked listening to them in the car while waiting for my wife to do her shopping at Christmas in Bloomington, IL. It's good to have music you like while waiting in case FM or Sirius has nothing you're in the mood for.. College towns seem more connected to music, Bloomington, or Peoria... Like this album, but Vegas is a *must* have.. it "Kicks" - it was what I used when technical writing at work, put in Repeat, let it play on headphones, since I did NOT have to work the Phones as a temp for 2 years, but it made me happy not to listen to the girl in the next cubical talk about her personal life, a "blessing" I got my work done, TCB (Take Care Of Business)! Old Southern saying, on the tail of Elvis airplane in Memphis. Elvis knew too. Recommended buy, but if you don't have "Vegas" order it too! Enjoy! -30-
The "Legion of Boom" disc carries the signature TCM sound almost throughout the album. If I walked into a room and had never heard any of the selections, I would immediately recognize it as TCM music. Nice stuff. I like the forceful bass/drums sound in the forefront and the voices, synthesized strings and other lighter sounds floating melodically in the background. "Starting Over," "Born Too Slow," "True Grit," "I Know It's You" and "Bound Too Long" are my favorite selections. The others are excellent also, although "Wide Open" is beginning to seem a little long. Many of the tracks are superb for dancing and "Bound Too Long" is just sensational in this regard. This latter song is probably too long for getting much radio play. A shorter version should be released; this wonderfully dreamy song has what it takes to be a major radio hit! Altogether, I'd say listening to "Legion of Boom" is pleasant, interesting and fun and the CD has no shortcomings. A fine offering.