Cruel Melody [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Undoubtedly, quite a few buyers who pick up the debut album by Wes Borland's Black Light Burns, Cruel Melody, will be expecting more of the aggro frat boy rap-metal of his previous band, Limp Bizkit. Too bad there's no way of seeing their expressions upon hearing this heavily Nine Inch Nails-influenced recording (which was produced by none other than a former NIN member, Danny Lohner). You have to give Borland credit for not taking the expected route -- which would be both a lucrative and easy way to do it. Sure, Borland's riffing brings back hints of his former employer here and there -- as exemplified on a track like "Coward." But whereas Fred Durst wouldn't think twice ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Undoubtedly, quite a few buyers who pick up the debut album by Wes Borland's Black Light Burns, Cruel Melody, will be expecting more of the aggro frat boy rap-metal of his previous band, Limp Bizkit. Too bad there's no way of seeing their expressions upon hearing this heavily Nine Inch Nails-influenced recording (which was produced by none other than a former NIN member, Danny Lohner). You have to give Borland credit for not taking the expected route -- which would be both a lucrative and easy way to do it. Sure, Borland's riffing brings back hints of his former employer here and there -- as exemplified on a track like "Coward." But whereas Fred Durst wouldn't think twice about diving headlong into the testosterone pool, Borland opts for a more unpredictable and quirky approach throughout, especially on the Queens of the Stone Age-ish album opener, "Mesopotamia," and such Pretty Hate Machine-esque tunes as "Animal" and "4 Walls." For many, Borland was the only Limp Bizkit member who was taken seriously. As evidenced by Cruel Melody, he is now officially allowed to follow whichever musical path he so desires.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4527516007898
  • Catalog Number: 762058
  • Sales rank: 334,871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mesopotamia (4:27)
  2. 2 Animal (4:08)
  3. 3 Lie (4:19)
  4. 4 Coward (4:36)
  5. 5 Cruel Melody (5:00)
  6. 6 The Mark (3:13)
  7. 7 I Have a Need (4:24)
  8. 8 4 Walls (3:51)
  9. 9 Stop a Bullet (3:37)
  10. 10 One of Yours (4:51)
  11. 11 New Hunger (5:24)
  12. 12 I Am Where It Takes Me (6:09)
  13. 13 Iodine Sky (8:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Light Burns Primary Artist
Charles Clouser Strings
Mathew Cooker Cello, Guest Appearance
Richard Dodd Cello
Josh Freese Percussion, Drums
Johnette Napolitano Vocals
Danny Lohner Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
John Krovoza Cello, Guest Appearance
Eric Gorfain Violin
Daphne Chen Violin
Wes Borland Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Cello, Drums, Bass Guitar, Vocals, fender rhodes, Group Member
Carina Round Vocals
Leah Katz Viola
Marshall Kilpatric Drums, Group Member
Nick Annis Guitar, Group Member
Sonny Moore Vocals
Josh Eustice Synthesizer
Section Quartet Strings
Sean Fetterman Bass Guitar
Sam Rivers Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Charles Clouser Programming
Louie Teran Mastering
Danny Lohner Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Sound Design
Wes Borland Programming, Engineer, Artwork, Paintings
Joshua Eustis Engineer
Kymm Britton Publicity
Charlie Clouser Programming
Rodney Afshari Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not too shabby.

    Comparisons to NIN and Limp Bizkit are going to be inescapable for poor ol' Wes Borland. It's a shame too, because this album really does go well beyond such restricting and generalized associations. In fact, I think this album owes more to early Stabbing Westward and late God Lives Underwater- two bands who also drew unfair comparisons to mainstream successors that unfortunately religated them to sidelines with mediocore contemporaries- than any work of atleast NIN, and certainly Limp Bizkit. Regardless of all that, take this album without a comparative ear and you've got a pretty solid piece of work. His lyrics are accessable enough to appeal to your average rebelous kid, but nuanced in a way that lets them reverberate with a bit more depth upon later listen "also, they make nihilism seem like a cheery and hopeful disposition by comparison- which I find endlessly entertaining". The entire first half of the album feels forcefully true to pieces of his metal sprinkled past, but with synth-lines and production tricks courtesy of Mr. Lohner, it rarely feels as underdeveloped. The latter half of the album is where the price of admission is justified. The songs are coated in delay and reverb. Gentle female harmonies float alongside his baritone croon. Watery synths wash over string arrangements and, together, fade out gingerly. I've always been a fan of Wes Borland, and I'm glad he's finally doing something that disregards frat boy demographics.

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