I dont know what to label this style of music. It doesnt really fit into any one genre, its glam, disco, rap, funk, dance, techno, electronic and country all piled together. Its slightly weird stuff and a curious mix.
Things open with Rock with a Slam and for me it isn’t a good indication of things to come. This is verging on rock but unfortunately it has Kid Rock type rap all through it.
Looking at the track list I cant help but wonder what the idea (or perhaps lack of ideas) is behind all the double whammy song titles. Oh La La, Bling Bling and Jump Jump for example. Jump Jump is rappy and Bling Bling goes into country territory but both are annoying and naturally repetitive lyrically. While Boob Boob Booty may sound like it should be fun, this is another one that makes me want to tear my hair out with one of the most irritating ditties in musical history, although this could mean it takes off with a vengeance in dance clubs.
Sucker Punch is probably one of the better tunes on Choreography Sucks. It has a cool beat and groove that is quite catchy but I cant really find anything else here I like a great deal. Give the Radio Back is rather melodic but sickly. Sumthin Huge is probably the worst, sounding like a cross between glam and disco gone wrong. Although I couldn’t help but smirk at the corny line “hey baby dig the horny horns” and then we get a blast of horns from the brass section.
Julian Angel is obviously a talented musician, being pretty much a one-man band and he can sing o.k. and while Choreography Sucks does not completely suck, it mostly does. This really doesn’t float my boat and I can’t say I will be listening to this again in a hurry, but if you want to hear something kind of innovative and a little different, give it a whirl.
You can hear songs from Choreography Sucks at Julian Angel’s myspace page.
1. Rock With A Slam (Intro)
2. Sucker Punch
3. Sumthin’ Huge
4. Teaser / Pleaser
5. Oh La La
6. Give The Radio Back
7. Bling Bling
8. This Is On You
9. Boob Boob Booty
10. Jump Jump
11. Strip Down Vegas
12. What Goes Up
13. Sucker Punch (Radio Edit)
Julian Angel – All Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizers and Drum Programming except:
Jesse Curse – Acoustic Drums
Cat: Backing Vocals on Jump Jump
The Horny Horns: Brass Section
Reviewed by Tania