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PopTop review: Surprise! Hollywood Undead's new album not terrible
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

GRADE: B-

CD •For all of their rap-rock faults, the masked members of Hollywood Undead understand the importance of dynamics on their new album, "Notes From the Underground," and that separates them from most of their peers in a genre that grew tired a decade ago. For every here-comes-the-boom skull-crusher with references to Colombian neckties and silicone dreams, there are moments in songs such as "From the Ground" and "Lion" that show a talent for genuine reflection and softer, hook-heavy melodies. "You can see God when I take my mask off" is a lyric from the first single "We Are," and while we don't often see God in the music here, we can see God's children with humanity.

David Burger —

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