01. Bigger Than Motion pictures
02. Shine All The Time
03. Sand Castles
04. Stars of Life
05. By no means Understood a Phrase
08. Freedom’s a Pretend
10. New Adventures
11. Daddy Lengthy Legs
12. Deaf Rap
13. Lot of Me
One could should be of a sure age and disposition to be remotely excited by the phrase “funk-metal.” The arrival of HEAD FIRST appears to counsel that there are quite a lot of of us on the market, pining for the glory days when bands like FAITH NO MORE, pre-suck RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, FISHBONE and MORDRED gleefully blurred the traces between metallic and funk and produced a good quantity of unbelievable music. Clearly, funk-metal was not constructed to final and each grunge and nu-metal had been far greater business propositions within the years that adopted. Listening to it is a sharp reminder that it was absurdly entertaining and significantly extra creative than lots of the cross-pollinated subgenres that got here later.
HEAD FIRST get every little thing proper right here. They sound like a (significantly better produced) amalgam of all the most effective funk-metal period bands, however with songs that seldom really feel contrived or in thrall to a sound from 30 years in the past. Actually, “Head First” will make you surprise why there aren’t extra bands enjoying these things proper now.
HEAD FIRST have a knack for profoundly catchy, AOR-tinged pop-rock songs, however all rendered within the slap-bass and razor-wire guitars of the funk-metal greats. “Shine All The Time” is nearly VAN HALEN-like in its shiny insouciance, whereas “Stars of Life” is an outrageously candy and summery stroll with sturdy echoes of (early) 311 and the swaggering swing of “Fact And Soul”-era FISHBONE. Elsewhere, “Sand Castles” weaves some syrupy dub into the equation; “Alive” is a elegant throwback to snotty rapping and sinewy riffs, with a groove that may positively refuse to give up; “Kick” is like some sensible, lengthy, misplaced LIVING COLOR outtake from the early ’90s; “Deaf Rap” deftly harnesses the ability of crossover thrash; “Lot of Me” brings a lascivious grin and easy soul vibes to a story of rampant however cheerful narcissism. Each final little bit of it sounds tailored for drunken summer time nights and unhealthy dancing.
Probably a tad overlong at a beneficiant 59 minutes, “Head First” is each an impassioned paean to a a lot missed pressure of heavy music, and a genuinely uplifting introduction to its creators. It sounds prefer it was a disgusting quantity of enjoyable to make.