Sound — 10
Rob Zombie's latest offering "Educated Horses" is much like his films in a way, it grabs you by the neck and refuses to let go until its had its way with you. A harsh yet melodic introduction with "Sawdust In The Blood" is a fine way to catch you off guard and make you ready for something faster, more powerful and it gives you what you want. "American Witch" is the first track to pound the listener and its rather memorable chorus will stick in your head. Rob has a strange way of bringing together very well put together accoustic tracks like "100 ways" and throwing them in with more raw and fast tracks like "Let It All Bleed Out." 01. Sawdust In The Blood - drum beat hits your system first followed by a soft piano line that is haunting. 02. American Witch - harsh guitars drag you into Rob's just as harsh voice. Quickly leads into the catchy chorus "The end, the end, of the American." 03. Foxy Foxy - first single off the CD, very fun guitar riff that follows through the entire song. Another catchy chorus and Rob's voice is softer in this song. 04. 17 Year Locust - very interesting guitar sound in the song leading into a much more menacing guitar that assaults your ears. 05. The Scorpion Sleeps - one of the more fun songs on the CD as Rob's voice keeps you going and makes you want to sing along with him. 06. 100 Ways - an instrumental interlude, again piano's are used in the song. Very soft and nice to break up the CD. 07. Let It All Bleed Out - the fastest song on the CD and may be the one that fans will enjoy the most, very nice shreding involved. 100 Ways sets you up perfectly for this song. 08. Death Of It All - a softer track but still keeps the darker tone of the CD and Rob's lyrics complement the song perfectly. 09. Ride - the piano again draws the listener in for the guitar riff to knock them down, vocal parts lead the listener right up for the chorus to kick in again. 10. The Devil's Rejects - southern feel to this song, from the movie of the same name. Not really a stand out track but still a nice track for the sound it creates. 11. The Lords Of Salem - menacing guitar riff matching right with Rob's echoing voice to create an interesting way to end the CD. Gives a true feeling of a "live" song. Overall however the album is impressive at giving fans what they always expect and crave out of Rob.
Lyrics — 9
This is an interesting part of this CD, if you look at the chorus of "American Witch" the line is "The End, The End, Of The American." It's something that gets stuck in your head for better or for worse. Rob's lyrics always go well with his music and it is never obvious if something doesn't seem right for a song. Alot of the chorus's on the CD are very similar in the set up however. Most will just repeat the same set of words over and over, it's not bad and it works well but some variety would be nice. Again though this style has been done through all of Rob's music and it's never done him wrong in the past so if it ain't broke don't fix it.
Overall Impression — 10
The CD delievers what fans always look for in his music, it can be fast and menacing while still being melodic and well produced. The songs all in their own way are great, everyone has something different in it that makes the whole CD itself a journey. The CD is (going into Rob's movies) much like being tortured, it can hurt you one minute and then give you a minute to breath right before it comes back for round 2. For fan's the CD will not disappoint as it maintains Rob's style and flare for creating an ambiance that can make the listener picture a situation for every song, be it good or bad. Impressive in the way it is all put together "Educated Horses" will make a great addition to fans, and even the causal listeners CD collection.