Playmate of the Year

Playmate of the Year

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by Zebrahead
     
 
Having failed to score commercially with their debut album Waste of Mind, Zebrahead returns two years later with more of the same, which is to say fast-paced hard rock on which Justin Mauriello's male adolescent musings are augmented by Ali Tabatabaee's aggressive raps. At their best, on the title song

Overview

Having failed to score commercially with their debut album Waste of Mind, Zebrahead returns two years later with more of the same, which is to say fast-paced hard rock on which Justin Mauriello's male adolescent musings are augmented by Ali Tabatabaee's aggressive raps. At their best, on the title song (sort of a musical version of a Farrelly Brothers movie in under three minutes), the group approaches the sound of Cheap Trick, with their shimmering guitar lines, furious rhythm playing, and Mauriello's self-deprecating, humorous lyrics. A few other songs, notably "The Hell That Is My Life" and "Wasted," are almost as effective, but much of Zebrahead's music is too busy for its own good, and when they attempt social commentary on "What's Goin' On?" (where have we seen that title before?) the results are embarrassing, while as a change of pace like "Livin' Libido Loco" is more reminiscent of Barry Manilow than Ricky Martin. The hidden track at the end of the album is a prank call made by Mauriello to Sony Music in which he impersonates his mother and demands to know when he is going to start seeing some money from his record contract. It may indicate the band will pack it in unless Playmate of the Year breaks through, but even with a tie-in to Playboy magazine that still seems like a long shot.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074646381724
catalogNumber:
63817
Rank:
58723

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zebrahead   Primary Artist
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Bobby Brooks   Loops
Gabrial McNair   Keyboards
A. Jay Popoff   Background Vocals
Tavis Werts   Horn,Background Vocals,Didjeridu
Ed Udhus   Drums,Group Member
Ali Tabatabaee   Vocals,Group Member
Greg Bergdorf   Guitar,Group Member
Justin Mauriello   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ben Osmundson   Bass

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Programming,Producer
Bobby Brooks   Engineer,Loop
Brandy Flower   Art Direction
Ed Udhus   Composer
Ali Tabatabaee   Composer
Greg Bergdorf   Composer
Justin Mauriello   Composer
Ben Osmundson   Composer
Woody Pornpitaksuk   Authoring
Randy Cash   Composer
Ernie Vigil   Engineer

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Playmate of the Year 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is awesome it has so much energy and it keeps you moving...everyone should check this awesome band out
Guest More than 1 year ago
I quote the book of James, chapter 2, verse 7: "Tho shall buy Zebrahead's Playmate of the Year and play it so loud and so often that God himself shall hear every hook and beat and in turn ye shall be blessed with some of the kewlest music ever made and so it shall be done...or something." Yes folks, this album is so awesome that it's even in the bible. However, don't believe what William Ruhlmann had to say about it...he's just a nit wit who took this album WAY too seriously. Listen up Bill: sometimes you just have to take things for what they are and leave it at that. Zebrahead have never claimed to be anything but a good time band who wants to get people rocking to their beats. So Mr. Ruhlmann, stick to reviewing bands like U2 and leave Zebrahead to their legions! Bottom line: If you want a CD that will get you singing in your car and tapping your feet, then this is the disc for you. If you like well produced, drum and bass driven music with EXTREMELY catchy hooks and beats, then this is the disc for you. If you only have $15 left to your name, F your utility bill and BUY THIS CD! Zebrahead is one of the greatest bands that most people have never heard of...and now it's your biblical duty to spread the word...the word of Zebrahead!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Zebrahead at the DV8 on Aug. 16th with The Ataris and Less Than Jake, and they were the greatest. So after the concert I went out on the 22nd and picked up Playmate of the Year - it's soooooooo good! All the songs on it give you lotsa energy and the lyrix are kewl too. All the songs are so good. Number 7 is really kewl but kinda depressing...but really really good. This cd is so great, and anyone who likes good music should add this to their collection. ZEBRAHEAD ROX!! woo woo