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Artist: "Drowning Pool"
Album: "Desensitized"
Genre: Metal
Label: Wind-up

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 2/11/2008

Review: Back in high school, I wasn't overly impressed with Drowning Pool. Sure, my mom thought "Bodies" was a hilarious song, but I thought it was pretty annoying, and it didn't help that the song was attached to countless crappy movies and TV shows. A few months later, though, the lead singer died, not of drugs like you'd think, but of some heart problem he had. A very un-rock and roll death if you ask me. Anyway, the call went out for a new singer, and when they found one a few years later, they released Desensitized.

I decided to pick up the album because I heard "Step Up" on the radio, and though it was somewhat goofy-sounding in a "Bodies" sort of way, but it had a nice rhythm to it. I was actually surprised to find that the rest of the songs on the album were pretty good, too. It's all metal, mind you, but they mix up faster songs like Step Up with slower, more downcast songs like "Love and War".

The album had a lasting place in my CD player for a long while, and I was looking forward to another. Unfortunately, the leader singer decided that he would be better off singing for a Christian rock band and left the group. I wonder if the rest of the group wished he had cardiomyopathy, too...

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

James Brown in hiding
Feb 11th, 2008, 05:17 AM
Drowning Pool was fucking stupid yes but at the same time it was so Goddamned fun and unlike most metal bands nowadays more concerned with dressing like Gay Zombie Magicians these guys actually seemed like they were having fun with what they did. So much so in fact that those phony pricks in stupid capes and eyeliner had to make up names to describe the shit like "mallcore" and "nu-metal" as part of the international gross-out competition that metal has become anymore. Ahh to remember the good old days when heavy music was actually fun and not some garbled screaming about misunderstanding Satanism and how God sucks. Of course it's not like anyone could understand that nonsense anyway.
Built in the 80s
Feb 11th, 2008, 04:55 PM
I saw them live in 2002 (i think that was the year). They were pretty okay live, but they were a bit over-the-top. It was like they were trying to jam every single metal/rock n' roll cliche they possibly could into their show. It almost became comical.
pickled
Feb 11th, 2008, 10:28 PM
I always wondered where Drowning Pool went.
What Video Games?
Feb 12th, 2008, 02:02 AM
I always wondered how this album was. Though Bodies is probably the dumbest song ever.
Funky Dynamite
Feb 12th, 2008, 02:41 AM
It really, really is.

The band is still around, I think. They got yet another singer and put out another album, but I haven't heard any of it.
Reptilus Rex
Feb 12th, 2008, 06:09 PM
I hated Bodies when it was new, and I never liked drowning pool. Then, last year, I met a 12 year old who loves drowning pool, and was coincidentally singing, "Let the bodies hit the flo! Let the bodies hit the flo!"
As a reference to how much ass he was kicking in World of Warcraft. I wished that I was eight years younger so I could kick his ass...or, you know, so I couldn't get arrested for assaulting a minor.
SKATASTIC
Feb 12th, 2008, 08:05 PM
I remember having a dream around the time that song came out where it was just a non stop refrain of the counting part except he kept counting. By the end of the dream It was "53, something wrong with me, 54 something wrong with me, 55 something wrong with me" It was very annoying.

I still think click click boom is a much worse song though. Click Click Boom is like the musical Samuel L Jackson, it's in everything. I feel like it should be general domain status by now.
C:enter:###
Feb 13th, 2008, 03:15 AM
I'll admit I never did hear "Desensitized", but after seeing them live in April 2004, I was completely turned off. There was no chemistry between the band and singer Jason "Gong" Jones who replaced Williams. I might give this album a shot eventually, but I don't know if it will top "Sinner".
James Brown in hiding
Feb 13th, 2008, 04:12 AM
I've covered Bodies enough to know that for all the crap people give it that endless screaming at the end isn't the easiest thing in the world to do, nor the best for your pipes. I totally get why people were frustraited with it. Shit I can't hear Nickelback without reaching for something sharp to stick in a speaker but when taken in small doses, hell it wasn' that bad. Could be worse. Could be NiN or System of a Down.