Taken From ThisIsRealMusic.com
Possibly one of the most impressive featuring artist line ups ever seen on an album. It certainly seems like the drummer can get some – help. We’ll learn with this album just how valuable ‘names’ are to producing quality music. Straight out of the gate the first few tracks do have some shallow, hollow ‘bounce’, but considering the quality of the artists it’s and the fact Barker was a Drummer (before he was the worlds best booking agent) it seems like an unavoidable conclusion rather than skill.
It’s difficult to feel connected, engaged and emote with such a transparent marketing ploy by both Barker and the wider-audience-grabbing contributors. Lyrically, ‘Rock’, ‘Metal’ and ‘Drum’ references get old very quickly, but overall some of the tracks are difficult not to nod to. Particularly Knockin (with Ludacris) and Jump Down (with Cool Kids) stand alone as quite decent tracks, but on the album they are outweighed by some very disappointing work from Cypress Hill, Kid Cudi, Yelawolf and Lil Jon. Slaughterhouse really let loose on Devil’s Got A Hold of Me providing the most cohesive collaboration and the most intelligent, thematic track on the album.
If Travis Barker ever managed to take this on tour I can imagine some very lively and exciting performances, tied together with Barker’s experience of live shows, but theres a lot of schedules to align there. Overall if you hear some of these tracks in a club setting you won’t complain, but this is not an album that plays through, that takes us on a journey, or that ever really expresses anything other than a love for rhythm. It’s experimental, in a way, but it gets a bit too formulaic for us to want anyone to try doing it again any time soon.