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...well, I'm addicted
on 10 April 2011
I think the reason that "Educated Horses" is generally the least liked of Zombie's albums is because it is the most experimental, and people do not like change. I personally think it is his best, precisely because it stands out so much. The great thing about this album is that no two songs are alike.
"Sawdust in the Blood" is the intro to the album. Piano and acoustic guitar blend together wonderfully. This gentle sound is contrasted with a gritty crushing. It's strangely unsettling. As fast as this intro ends we are thrown into an entirely different atmosphere with "American Witch", a heavy song with some chugging guitar work and a chorus made to be sung along to. It's concise and fast paced. Not a second wasted. The pace is decreased a little with "17 Year Locust" which induces an unexpected middle eastern atmosphere. It's a calmer track, but I find myself head banging along with it from start to finish. In "The Scorpion Sleeps" Zombie projects a sound similar to his influences such as Alice Cooper. It is jumpy and makes you feel as though you can handle any mishap life could throw you. Then it calms down again with another filler track. I don't think it adds much, but it sure does change the mood. If you're listening to the album start to finish it will break things up nicely. "Let it all Bleed Out" is a brilliant heavy track with incredibly disorientating lyrics that I will never be able to interpret. Rob's voice sounds great and there is also a great use of melody. This is followed by "Death of it All", a gentle and harmonious track. This, in my opinion is the best track on the album. It clearly has a lot of heart put into it. Don't write it off because of it's lack of heaviness."The Devil's Rejects" is probably the second strongest track. It is eery, mean spirited and catchy. "The Lords of Salem" is the only low point of the album. My problem with this song is simply the tedious and dreary pace at which the song moves. A strange ending which ironically sums up the entire album.
Rob Zombie songs can take a considerable amount of listens before they are appreciated. This album is no exception. In fact, this album takes the most time to be appreciated. It took me three months! But I can't stress how worthwhile it is. Each and every track is wonderfully detailed. It is broad, heart-felt, and I couldn't recommend it enough.