You can listen to all of Hank III’s new album (including some annoying clicks) at Damn Right, Rebel Proud Amazon Listening Party.
There’s also some new III pics HERE.
SPIN Damn Right, Rebel Proud Review.
If you want to see this filth for yourself, CLICK HERE. But this is the “review”:
“Four albums in, Bocephus’ boy continues to pretend that the Williams family tradition can make up for his inability to carry a tune. Damn Right Rebel Proud, typically, raises less convincing hell than plenty of current mainstream Nashville product. Muffled train chugs and minor-key gloom make him tolerable in psychobilly mode, and his class-consciousness means well. But from stiff-assed slam dances to meandering hangover slog to interminable GG Allin homage, Hank III’s shtick is no more captivating than your average nasty drunk’s.”
First off, I know that SPIN has a reputation for writing bad reviews and starting controversy to draw attention to itself. SPIN was immortalized in ‘Guns & Roses’ Get In The Ring for just such behavior. But this shit is over the top, and smacks of a hidden agenda. So let’s get the knife out and dissect this festering roadkill of a ‘review’ (and I use that term lightly):
“Four albums in, Bocephus’ boy continues to pretend that the Williams family tradition can make up for his inability to carry a tune.”
There are things that you can be critical about when it comes to Hank III’s music, but saying that he can’t carry a tune is not one of them, and you can ask any singer that. This is a canned criticism that you make when you want to criticize country music but are too much of a fucknut to know how to do it properly, creatively, or constructively. It also smacks of a hidden agenda.
“Damn Right Rebel Proud, typically, raises less convincing hell than plenty of current mainstream Nashville product.”
Who in the hell does SPIN have writing their reviews? A trained money that they asked to write this review on the floor of his cage with his own feces??? This moron doesn’t even know how to use the English language! And are you really going to try to convince me that Hank III raises less hell then ‘plenty’ of mainstream Nashville? ARE YOU REALLY MAKING THAT CLAIM ?!? Do you not understand that STH was the FIRST major Nashville album to carry an Explicit Lyric tag, and has been the only one to carry that tag since? This is just outright uninformed bullshit.
“Muffled train chugs and minor-key gloom make him tolerable in psychobilly mode, and his class-consciousness means well.”
A transparent attempt from this asshole to act like he’s impartial. I could see through this with a cardboard pair of X-ray glasses I got in a cereal box 20 years ago.
“But from stiff-assed slam dances to meandering hangover slog to interminable GG Allin homage, Hank III’s shtick is no more captivating than your average nasty drunk’s.”
Well, this ape finally proves that he can write a sentence, but instead of offering any truthful, thought-out, or constructive criticism, he descends into spiteful name calling to be cute and tries to include references to all the songs on the album in a muddled way to hide the fact that he barely listened to it.
Who in the hell are these fucking people who write these reviews?
Oh, and that SPIN website accepts comments, so if you have the time, go over there and tell them what you think.
I’m going to come right out and say it. No wait, I’m not. I’ll have Hank III say it:
“ANd il tell ya the way it is Damn Right and Rebel Proud aint Shit Compared to Straight To Hell!”
That’s a quote from III’s personal MySpace page. And I agree with it. But Gad Dammit, I fought for this album with more sweat and effort than most of you can probably imagine. All of our efforts at Free Hank III may have not made much difference in the end, but III never had any question that the fight and the music was worth it, and that his fans and friends had his back all the way.
This SPIN review may not be the first criticism of DRRP you’ve seen, and it might not be the last. And I hope that all of you appreciate that I have been honest about my feelings about that album since I first started hearing stuff from it. And honestly, no, it is no Straight to Hell but its got some damn good songs on it and it is from one of my favorite artists, and as soon as I get my double LP copy in my own two hands next Tuesday I’ll be happy as hell, and rebel proud.