Sound — 8
Drop Dead Gorgeous came out with this one on June 2nd 2009, and it was a good time to release this. It sounds a lot more mature than their previous efforts, but still filled with youthful energy and lyrics. It was produced by Matt Goldman, same guy who did Under0ath, Copeland, and the Chariot, and it shows. Hot'n'Heavy is a good display of this style of music, whatever you might label it - screamo, metalcore, etc. Heavy guitar riffs with screaming vocals constantly juxtapose melodic drives and soft singing has become the epitome of the decade, and this one coming out right around the end doesn't show any death of the genre. This album is almost a darker alternative to Underoath. the guitar work can get a little boring with too many breakdown style fills in between real riffs. The most interesting riffs are reminiscent of Norma Jean/Underoath, such as the opening riffs on "Killing a Classic" or "Sue Simmons watch your mouth". if you get annoyed by breakdowns where they don't belong, save your ears from this one. However, most of them are resolved by almost genius driving choruses with great melodic overtones.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics can get a little confusing with cliche lines and screaming parts that cannot be ciphered without looking at the lyrics. Nonetheless, the lyrical content can become quite an accompaniment if listened to during proper times. However, attempts to listen to this album throughout might be spoiled by inconsistencies throughout. A hate song followed by a "tough guy" don't mix well, unless that's what you're going for. The singer's ability is a bit above average relative to what else is out there in the genre. a couple of humor bits are thrown in (or they might not be, it's up to you to decide), such as the singer attempting to simulate 50 cent's trademark 'G-G-G-G unit" (on Internet killed the video star) or 'red hair, stilletos, she smells like chanel, well i'm a sucker for nylon' (on "Fame"). his lyrical content is best taken with a grain of salt, even though some of it can bring up interesting thoughts.
Overall Impression — 9
As i mentioned before, this is a heavier, more emotionally charged, alas more generic alternative to Underoath. If you're not sure this album is for you, listen to "Killing a Classic", "Internet Killed the Video Star", and "Two Birds one stone" in that order. My personal favorite is "Fame". What i love about this album is the range of different songs that can fit whatever mood I'm at the time. What I dislike about this effort from Drop Dead Gorgeous is what is the plague in the music scene today - too many less than mediocre songs slapped on the cd that do not compete with the rest.