Review: Black Light Posterboys – If the Animals Could Talk (Rock)

This review covers the rock track Black Light Posterboys – If the Animals Could Talk.

This track was released in 1998 on the compilation album Atlantis Music Conference 98. The track also made an appearance on the Playstation game Road Rash: Jailbreak.

The track starts with a drum kit and various lead guitars. An additional guitar comes in. The track then breaks down somewhat before the vocals come in for the first verse.

After that, the vocals take the track into the first round of the main chorus. This is accompanied by lead guitars. At the end, the track breaks down into a brief instrumental section.

From there, the vocals take the track into the next verse. The vocals then lead the track into the main chorus. This is capped off with a guitar solo before the guitars gradually lead the track down a bit. The vocals then extend the main chorus somewhat.

After that, the vocals quietly re-iterate the main chorus, but in a almost whisper-like manner. A mix of vocals and instrumental elements continue for a bit. After that, the vocals then take the track into the main chorus, but is joined by an additional guitar in addition to the more normal version of the main chorus being filled with lead guitars. After that, another instrumental section continues, leading the track out.

One thing that really works for this track is the creativity in the lyrics. They paint a very vivid picture of the topic, but it’s a very atypical subject for a rock track. By extension, it’s about consumerism, but in a rather twisted and quasi-reverse psychology manner. It’s clear that the idea is to go for something that is “awesome” and somewhat satirical. Somehow, this track manages to succeed in this pursuit to great effect.

The vocals, meanwhile, sound quite good. They not only demonstrate that they can sound great when the main chorus is in full swing, but also sound great in a wide range of circumstances. The whispering borderline paranoia part and that excitement in one of the verses are both great examples of this.

Finally, the guitars. They are great both with the leads in the main chorus as well as the quieter part with just the bass guitar. That additional melodic guitar over top of everything is just icing on the cake for me.

Overall, this is a quite the great track. The creativity in the lyrics is certainly enough to win me over. The good vocals and great guitars certainly didn’t hurt anything though. Definitely a recommended track.


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