Sound — 10
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.
Lyrics — 10
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."
Overall Impression — 10
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.