Unsung: The Best of Helmet 1991-1997

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Four guys who looked like they had just punched out after running the batting cages at Softball City & Put-Putt-a-Rama: that's the type of image Helmet cut on-stage. The noise they generated did not fit the lack of image. How could such an unpleasant sound come from people who looked so reasonable? The band spent the early years slumming it with the likes of Unsane and Surgery, fellow New York bands that fit the jockish/bookish postcollegiate look and picked up where Big Black left off. By the time the group began to make an impression on more than the noise rock underground, thanks to what resulted from a major-label deal, their sound had developed from a scummy grind...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Four guys who looked like they had just punched out after running the batting cages at Softball City & Put-Putt-a-Rama: that's the type of image Helmet cut on-stage. The noise they generated did not fit the lack of image. How could such an unpleasant sound come from people who looked so reasonable? The band spent the early years slumming it with the likes of Unsane and Surgery, fellow New York bands that fit the jockish/bookish postcollegiate look and picked up where Big Black left off. By the time the group began to make an impression on more than the noise rock underground, thanks to what resulted from a major-label deal, their sound had developed from a scummy grind to a very precise and diabolical din -- full of martial barks, jackhammering drums, rumbling bass, and some of the most brilliant IQ-lowering guitar riffs since Black Sabbath's first four albums. In their wake, they left five full-lengths and a legion of bands that decided to make a soufflé with them and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the primary ingredients. Many of these bands went platinum and wound up on MTV Cribs. So 2004 was a good time as any for a compilation of the group's best work to appear. There are few gripes that can be made about what was selected for inclusion; a handful of tracks come from each of the band's proper studio albums, most of which were patchy but not short on gloriously skull-cracking moments. Longtime followers -- meaning those who bought Meantime after seeing "Unsung" on MTV, went back and bought the uglier old stuff, and then stayed along for the years of decreasing power -- will want this for the reminder and the improved sound. And if a dollar still seems too much to shell out for the Judgment Night and Feeling Minnesota soundtracks, the thriftiness has paid off; while not up with the band's best work, the House of Pain collabo "Just Another Victim" and "Disagreeable" are also included.
Entertainment Weekly - Michael Endelman
Imagine roaring rage delivered with laser-guided precision. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Fontana Interscope
  • UPC: 602498012260
  • Catalog Number: 56002
  • Sales rank: 86,282

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Repetition (2:59)
  2. 2 Fbla (2:40)
  3. 3 Bad Mood (2:15)
  4. 4 Sinatra (4:23)
  5. 5 In the Meantime (3:07)
  6. 6 Iron Head (3:22)
  7. 7 Give It (4:17)
  8. 8 Unsung (3:57)
  9. 9 Better (3:10)
  10. 10 Just Another Victim - House of Pain (4:22)
  11. 11 Wilma's Rainbow (3:53)
  12. 12 I Know (3:41)
  13. 13 Milquetoast (3:55)
  14. 14 Rollo (2:37)
  15. 15 Overrated (2:36)
  16. 16 Disagreeable (3:44)
  17. 17 Pure (3:32)
  18. 18 Renovation (2:55)
  19. 19 Like I Care (3:19)
  20. 20 Driving Nowhere (4:19)
  21. 21 Exactly What You Wanted (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helmet Primary Artist
Henry Bogdan Bass
Page Hamilton Guitar, Vocals
John Stanier Drums
Peter Mengede Guitar
Rob Echeverria Guitar
Technical Credits
Helmet Producer
House of Pain Producer
Steve Albini Engineer
Henry Bogdan Composer
Page Hamilton Composer
Wharton Tiers Producer, Engineer
D. Sardy Producer
T-Ray Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Erik Schrody Composer
Erick Labson Mastering
Leor DiMant Composer
Scott Ravine Licensing
Jason Pettigrew Liner Notes
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