Released: Aug 17, 2004
Styles: Indie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
Decadence works when it forgets about everything but effectively filling up the next five minutes of your house party. The rest of time it's as vacant as last year's cool club.
refusedparty, on march 21, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: 'Decadence' is the 2004 debut from funk maestros Head Automatica and what a joyous album it is. I have been searching for a such a fresh and original album like this for years, and now I have it. Not only is it fresh and original, it is also very, very good. The song quality is brilliant, no fillers on this album. The sound is great: massive beats, electronic sounds flickering back and forward, and some great guitar riffs that crunch in the background. The vocals are crisp and perfect for the music. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are great from start to finish. Very fresh and funky, they fit perfectly with the music. Vocalist Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw fame writes some exceptionally good lyrics for this album. None of the Glassjaw aggression is here, it is just a pure psychadelic boogie party, and everyone is invited. // 10
Overall Impression: What can I say? This was for me the highlight of 2004. I must have listened to it over 200 times from start to finish, and it is still fresh each time. Every track gives you something different on every listen. Head Automatica are easily one of my favourite bands right now. The tracks are:
01. At The Speed Of A Yellow Bullet - 9/10 fast and full of beats, sounds like the Chili Peppers a bit.
02. Brooklyn Is Burning - 10/10 a crazily infectious beat and a great chorus.
03. Beating Heart Baby - 10/10 the single and one of the best songs on the album.
04. Please Please Please (Young Hollywood) - 9/10 slow but still very essential.
05. King Caesar - 9/10 great lyrics.
06. Razor - 10/10 the joint best track.
07. Dance Party Plus - 10/10 the other joint best track, you'll be singing along.
08. Disco Hades II - 9/10 very catchy.
09. Solid Gold Telephone - 10/10 another unbelieveably good song.
10. Head Automatica Soundsystem - 9/10 yet another.
11. I Shot William H. Macy - 9/10 similar to the first track, a great way to end this epic album.
This is one of only a few albums I own that doesn't have any filler songs. Head Automatica are also probably the only side project in the world who are superior to the original band, and I hope Daryl Palumbo continues to put as much attention into them as he does Glassjaw. If you buy this album maybe he will. // 10
UG Team, on march 23, 2005 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: For those of you who tired of interminable monotonous pop-punk domination on the mainstream scene, the debute Head Automatica's album "Decadence" bring you a portion of fresh air. Head Automatica is one of the highest anticipated collaboration of 2004 -- vocalist of Strong Island hardcore band Glassjaw Daryl Palumbo and legenary producer/beatmaker Dan "The Automator" Nakamura. With "Decadence" they successfully mixed the Automator's dance beats and squiggles and Palumbo's inclination for angry rock sound. The result is the quite interesting funk music with punk tunes addition.
Although through the listennig to the opening track "At The Speed Of A Yellow Bullet" it might seems that "Decadence" less than different from the notorious pop-punk tendencies, it's a wrong impression -- you should really give a chance to the rest of the album. Yes, this track is full of speed and energy and it's a good start, but the rest of the album takes another exiting direction. Starting with the next track "Brooklyn Is Burning" -- the first single -- the album acquires more soft and easy-tempered rhythm. All the tracks have their own intricacy featuring the disco beats and background guitar inclusions intertwined with synthetic sounds. Though, the track "Dance Party Plus" should be marked out, because it contains the great amount of music styles and influences -- from screaming classic hard rock intro and simple powerchord reggae basis to emotional choruses and sometimes sombre interludes. Explosive mixture! And likewise the opening track, the closing one -- "I Shot William H. Macy" -- makes you come back from the relaxing funk enjoyment to agressive reality once again. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics on "Decadence" are completely harmonized with music -- they are interesting and unobtrusive and can easly make you think and laugh at the same time. It's a known fact that Palumbo had been writing the songs for Head Automatica for years, and it was side by side with songwriting proccess for Glassjaw. However, it's obvious, that agressive Glassjaw's lyrics have nothing mutual with "Decadence" ones. Besides of very positive, relaxing and psychedelic themes, that are fresh and well written, it's hard to believe they could live without the music of Head Automatica and voice of Daryl Palumbo. In a word, top mark for this side of "Decadence." // 10
Overall Impression: It should be noted, that Head Automatica isn't just a studio project -- they are live touring band with session line-up, though Palumbo played keyboard, guitar and bass, wrote the lyrics and sang on "Decadance"; in fact, he's done everything but the drums which are supplied by Daryl Glassjaw's colleague - drummer Larry Gorman. Once again, "Decadence" would surprise or even grieve the fans and connoisseur of Palumbo's past creative work with its funk and positiveness. The collaboration of Palumbo and Nakamura is really very successful and the record proves that. It consists of so many music influences -- such as reggae, hip hop, dance, ska, post-punk, techno, and some disco -- that it's hard to ascribe it to any definite music direction, but the one thing is clear - "Decadence" is worth your attention and no one would be dissapointed.
You couldn't find anything more exclusive, catchy and explosive rather than Decadance -- fantastic mixture of raggae, hip-hop, pop-punk and disco music that rocks that hard as you might ever imagine. Check it out. // 10