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Somber Reviews - Starbomb (Album)
The Album - Starbomb
Oh, where on earth do I begin? There's so much to talk about! With hilariously inappropriate lyrics, and plenty jokes sprinkled in every single song, Starbomb manages to be a hit with adult music fans everywhere. Despite the music referencing children's games, such as Mario, Pokémon, Zelda, and Final Fantasy, this music is nothing short of explicit.
Leigh Daniel Avidan and Brian Wecht, known as "Ninja Sex Party", together with Arin Hanson, also known as "Egoraptor" from Game Grumps, released this album on December 17, 2013. The music tracks brings together the sexually graphic music stylings of NSP, and the video game-based humor "Egoraptor".
Promotion and Popularity - Top Charts!
Starbomb was unveiled on December 2, 2013. The highly anticipated announcement came complete with a minute-long snippet of the song "I Choose You to Die" being released on NSP's official YouTube channel.
Their debut album released two weeks later on December 17, 2013. Promoted further with music snippets from; "Mega Marital Problems" and "Crasher-Vania", both released on December 10, 2013. The snippets were so well received, that a fourth and final snippet; "Sonic's Best Pal", was released on December 16, 2013.
Starbomb shirts, and stickers were sold on Rodeo Arcade, with versions of the album available to purchase with the other merchandise. To say the album was a smash hit among the gaming fan base is a gross understatement.
Starbomb managed to hit #12 overall album on ITunes. If that alone wasn't enough, the album held a steady title of #1 on iTunes comedy charts and #1 rap album when it was released.
Words of Warning
Normally, I can simply post something like this inside of my review section, however, Starbomb is an explicit album, and I can't reiterate that enough. The last thing I would ever want, is for a parent to purchase this for their child, believing that the music is sweet and innocent, when it is most assuredly not.
Adult gamers with a dark, and somewhat dirty sense of humor, would likely find this music amusing. Even I get a few chuckles out of some of the songs. However, naughty and sometimes questionable lyrics aside, even the music videos found online, are not at all suitable for children.
At the age of twenty-four, I can pick up this music listen to it, and put it away at the end of the day. I can appreciate it for what it is, adult humor. Quite frankly, the music is sexual in context, it's violet, it's angry, and it's just not for kids.
You might like this music if:
- You enjoy crass, explicit adult humor.
- You play videogames such as Pokémon, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Metroid, or Super Mario Bros.
- You enjoy rap and hip-hop styles of music.
- You've watched Ninja Sex Party or Game Grumps on YouTube.
I will say right now, clear as crystal, I do not, often listen to such vulgar music.
However, I am a gamer who grew up with these series, so, there is a fondness in my heart for the things that these songs rap about. It just so happens that I can laugh along with the crowd, despite the fact that sometimes, the lyrics test the boundary line of what I would consider acceptable. I can look past that for the sake of nostalgia.
For what it's worth, the songs are well informed about the topics they reference, sometimes to a level so deep, I've had to look something up. That to me speaks highly about the passion put into making this album great...and it is!
It's amazing, and yes I will admit, there is without a doubt shock value, however it is well done shock value. Properly timed gags are just priceless, and Starbomb nails it.
The tunes are catchy, the words stick with the listeners, and it's fun. It's everything to expect out of comedy music. You want to be able to laugh and sing along. This album does that wonderfully. I can only praise the work, because it is genus in its own, convoluted way.
It's not for everyone, as stated above, it caters to a very specific group of people, but the top ten lists don't lie. For this album to hit number twelve in overall chats for 2013, I have no choice but to say that Starbomb was a compete success.
Cast Your Vote
What do you think of the Album?
When I bought my signed copy of the album, I was one of the people who had to wait for them to make more. They sent out an apology e-mail to everyone who had to wait. They didn't believe it was going to be so popular. Think about that, it was so anticipated, that they ran out of copies!
I mean really, what more can I say?
As with all of my reviews, based on a score of 1-10, with 1 being the lowest possible score, and ten being the highest, I will give this album a 9. Why haven't I given this a perfect score? Well that's just because sometimes it pushed the limit for me...but you know what? That's okay, it's still awesome.