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Hed - P.E.: Blackout [CD]

(Hed) Pe Audio CD
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While California-based hardcore pioneers (hed) p.e. have enjoyed successful albums, and even registered a Top 30 Modern Rock single, they are now embraced as one of the top underground acts on the independent scene.
“When I first started making records, I was mostly writing party music, and some subject matter with social commentary,” says frontman Jared, referring to his ... Read more in Amazon's (Hed) Pe Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Music for Nations
  • ASIN: B00008KIYX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's something genuinely interesting about (hed) Planet Earth. Rather than simply singing about being different, they actually attempt to be so. The result is that Blackout is a fascinating piece. Though nearly all the 14 tracks do kick off into a metallic frenzy at some point, they're also wildly varied in their pace and feel. "Crazy Life", for instance, begins with sinister Wu-Tang keyboards, then rips into a raucous sha-la-la chorus, before a hard-hitting dual rap about sex on the road leads to a screaming rock crescendo. "Flesh and Bone", meanwhile, has vocalist Jahred howling a weird blues, conjuring lost souls at midnight crossroads, while the shuffling, semi-acoustic "Other Side" is cushioned by a soft 1970s haze. Elsewhere pop, soul, reggae and even folk are slipped into the mix, all of it making the band's histrionic outbursts all the more effective. Jahred's lyrics, too, are in a class above the norm, though too many tracks deal with a personal betrayal (probably a business betrayal) that holds no interest for the listener. --Dominic Wills

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new step for (hed) pe 13 Aug 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I got this album imported from America before it came out because I thought Broke and (hed)pe were such excellent albums. When I first listened to this album I was disappointed by it. I put it down on the side and forgot about it for weeks. I then went on holiday and brought it with me. After recently discovering Faith No More's 'Angel Dust', I found many similarities between the two albums. Faith No More included many various styles of music, moving in a completely different direction to their previous album. (hed)pe have taken the same approach in 'Blackout', including many genres, such as: reggae, metal, rap, and some straight out cheesy rock. I think this change was for the better and some of the best songs are "Revelations", "Suck it Up" and "Flesh and Bone", although all songs are excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 2 Cents 26 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Just thought I'd chip in my opinion given that (at the point of writing) we've got two votes for "it rocks!" and two for "it sucks!"
I eagerly anticipated the release of Blackout following (hed)pe and broke, both great records. Listening to Blackout the first time through (as others have said) I wasn't sure I liked it. But I played it again...And again...and again.
Genuinely, the more you listen to it, the more you like it. I must have heard it several hundred times through now (I can never be bothered to change the music on my MP3 player) and I haven't got bored.
It's a diverse album, with some soulful lyrics. It ranges from chilled out tune of Other Side through to the (strangely) uplifting Crazy Life (my personal fave).
I really feel if you give this CD a chance to get under your skin it won't let you down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A change of tune for Hed(pe) 31 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
hed's long awaited third opus disappointed me at first. The stong hip hop style evident in the band's first, self titled recording, was far less evident here. The dark,angry sound of the second album, 'broke' semed to have disappeared, and there were no high profile collaborations such as System of a Down (feel good).
However, a second listen led me to the conclusion that the first time i heard 'Blackout' i had been in an uncompromising mood. THIS ALBUM I EXCELLENT!
The opening to 'Suck it up' is a barrel of bombast. You are immediately pulled in by a catchy riff, followed by a meaty bass and a battle cry of 'lets get ready to....destroy'. The following serving of frantic drumming takes us into the body of the song, with Jahred's growling lyrics sounding as though he is singing to save his own life.
The rest of the album is much mor upbeat than the first two albums, which took me by surprise at first, but is entirely welcome.The opening groove of 'Bury me' brings out the funky side of the band. Dj product 1969 is an integral part of every song,especially on 'crazy life', using the decks as more than just a hiphop scratch. 'Get away' and 'Carnivale' have a distinct reggae feel -datng back to Jahred's west indian roots- and provide a refreshing contrast to the heavy guitar chugging tunes such as 'The only one' and 'flesh and bone'
Lyrically, the album is very much about the search fo clarity and redemption- ' just let me walk away, before i lose my faith, im running round in circles through the shadows trying to find my way'( flesh and bone) There is much to identify with and it is the most personal feeling album the band have produced thus far.
All in all, Hed have succeeded in updating their sound, without sounding tired or typically 'nu-metal'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very different offering from (Hed) PE.... 28 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
(Hed) PE have struggled to make it in the music business since the early days of KoRn (who they toured with in the beginning). They finally 'Broke' through with their second full-length album after their self-titled debut. ‘Blackout’ is their third offering (not counting their first EP ‘Church of Realities’) and it is a very different sound. The first track ‘Suck It Up’ is reminiscent of Broke and the title track seems to have been pumped with a million dollars and spit shined. The two aforementioned tracks seem out of place or detracted from the rest. Over all it’s another great album from the PE, but be warned, don’t expect another Broke. 7 out of 10 (compared to a 10 out of 10 for Broke).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 19 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
i love this album ive had it for 2 months and its pretty much all ive listened to....the songs couldnt be better and there is a gr8 mix which is what ii listen to (h.e.d.) planet earth for i wouldnt say this is there bast album which is why i give it 4/5 stars but the ideas behind the songs are unbelieveabe the full introduction for the sng "suck it up" is a wrestling arena i dont think ive heard a beeter intro this is the standard of a true band who deserve great fame and fortune.... my advice buy this album u wont regret
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