I bought this album about a year ago. It was sort of an impulse buy. You see, I’m not into this whole rap-metal thing, but I’ve always liked Tommy Lee, so I decided to give it a run. This thing rocks from beginning to end. Yes, I know what people have said, but really, who cares? This is just flat out fun to listen too. I wouldn’t even call this “rap-metal”. It has something for everyone. Right from the opening grind of “Who the Hell Cares?” to the closer-esque beat of “New Skin” to the straight up hip-hop “Propsition F*#$ You” to the techno metal, slamming “Crash”. This record has something going for it. Each and every song sounds different from the previous. I don’t really get why there are so many bad reviews about it. Hopefully the follow-up record will be out soon. Well, anyway, call it what ever you want, but this is an album that will stay in my collection. Just ignore all the bad reviews and pick yourself up a copy. I’ll put it this way, “If you’re interested enough to be reading reviews about it, You will definitely like it.
As far as the notion of the caveat emptor goes, it’s hard to beat what’s imprinted right on the Methods of Mayhem CD. ”Warning: this CD is nothing but worthless plastic unless played loud as f**k….” OK then. Scenario: Tommy Lee, tattooed wife-slapping bad boy, dives headfirst into the not-so-brave or new world of white-rap road rage and comes up with a pretty smoking CD–even with the volume not cranked up to 11. Joining forces with Lil’ Kim, Kid Rock, Mix Master Mike, and obnoxious poseur Fred Durst, Lee kicks out the jams with a thundering hammer-of-the-B-boy-gods glee. With tracks like ”Crash” and the skittery assault of ”Hypocritical,” Methods of Mayhem is loud, snotty, and kinda cool. Even for those of us way too damn old and female to actually play the thing around the house. –Amy Linden
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If you think this is another rap rock album, your wrong. Not only does it blend that it also adds in “techno”. I find a lot of these songs very good because they actually don’t sound like anybody else. Mad Props Tommy Lee, you rock
Before I begin let me state that I’m hardly one of your teenage rap-core junkies. Far from it, I’m an old Motley Crue fan from WAY back. I recently bought The Dirt, the Motley Crue biography where I heard abotu Methods of Mayhem. (The Dirt is an awesome book, by the way, I highly recommend that one too.) So I decided to check the CD out and see what Tommy Lee had been up to since leaving the Crue.To quote some of the younger generation, yo dis iz DOPE! This is by far one of the coolest CD’s I’ve heard in years. Rather than talentless scream-rock like Linkin Park or “I wish I was black but I’m VERY white” rapping by Limp Bizkit, this CD artfully blends rap, rock, industrial, metal, and pretty much every other contemporary format you can think of. From the opening power riff of “Who the Hell Cares” to the party-till-ya-puke attitude of “Get Naked” to the acoustic guitar of “New Skin” this album just DELIVERS. I’ve been playing this non-stop since I got it. This is one of the most original music projects from an old 80’s metal guy since Rob Halford’s “Two” hit the scene.All in all you can’t go wrong with this CD. Even if you’re an old fart in his 30’s like me, if you still like to rock then this is for you.
This is by far the best thing Tommy Lee has ever done. Motley was terminally bad (Lee was the best thing going for that band)and he should have stayed on the METHODS’ hip-hop tip instead of going with the limp alternative rock on NEVER A DULL MOMENT. “Who the Hell Cares” clearly stands as the best track. Incredible lurching rhythm, crunching guitar. This song shreds and the message is right on (“Who the hell cares/Where the … you come from?”). Even Snoop delivers with a smooth rap. The other songs on this album are surprizingly well made (“Hypocritical,” “New Skin,” “Metamorphosis”). I don’t know if you’d call “Get Naked” a song, but it sure is crazy – and very dirty. “Proposition …You” is more like an old school hip-hop trip and an engaging rant against pigalettos. I even like the techno exercises at the end of the album by Scott Kirkland. If you can’t vibe to this then you must not like kickin’ hip hop metal.
The opening line of “Serve The Servants” on Nirvana’s In Utero read: ‘teenage angst has paid off well / now I’m bored and old’. What that line did is set the foundation of vulnerability and pain which that entire album possessed. Now, although Tommy Lee is no Cobain, he knows how to make a point. Here, “Who The Hell Cares” starts with: ‘this is the operator with a collect call from the LA county jail from Tommy / will you accept the charges?’. So although the two quotes have nothing in common, they work in essentially the same respects. This album is Tommy Lee’s way of releasing his anger and disgust towards the press; it also covers his sexual side, his problems with drugs, and the paparazzi. But aside from the lyrical value of this disc, the music is just plain awesome. It’s great driving music or equally as good for periods of anger and/or when you want something non-stop and in-your-face.The two main highlights here are “Get Naked” and “Anger Management”. On “Get Naked”, it’s just so funny to hear what lingo Tommy Lee uses (if I printed it here, they’d … it out). How they ever made an edited version of it is beyond me. The guest appearances by Lil’ Kim, Fred Durst, George Clinton, and Mix Master Mike also add appeal. The title for “Anger Management” pretty much speaks for itself. The line ‘people ask me for answers as if I was a pope’ is quite fitting. The other single, “New Skin”, is decent, but sounds a lot like NIN’s “Closer” and the appearance by Kid Rock was somewhat ill-timed. “Hypocritical” is a decent song, though it’s hard to make out what they’re saying. It doesn’t quite outdo its predecessor, “Who The Hell Cares”. After the opening, the guitar work hooks you and everything flows perfectly in and out of the chorus. “Crash” is another obvious track. It starts: ‘here’s some music to crash your car to’. If there’s a better driving song out there, I’d like to know. Believe it or not, “Metamorphosis” might actually be the best song on the album. It’s a bit more tame, and every time TiLo jumps in with ‘times are changing…’ one can’t help but (want to) sing along. The only truly bad song on MOM is “Proposition Fxck You”, which is a straight-up rap song. If you don’t like rap, you won’t like it (or vice versa). “Mr. Onsomeothershxts” is a pointless, 38-second track from Wu Tang member U-God. Finally, you have “Narcotic” and “Spun”. Both of them are more of techno-rock and just act as what resulted from Tommy messing around on turntables and whatnot. “Narcotic” has a few good tidbits of Tommy’s life (‘forget about rehab’) thrown in, whereas “Spun” is more of a basic techno tune.Overall, this album has five unbelievably excellent songs (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8). “Hypocritical” and “New Skin” are good as well, just not as good. And the remaining four tracks take a few listens for toleration. Although MOM came into the world at rock-meets-rap’s musical peak, their music serves it purpose. It’s fast, hard, unclothed-and-loving-it FU metal for the car, and NOT your parents. And, believe it or not, underneath Tommy Lee and TiLo’s extremely volatile exterior sound, there are decent, respectable lyrics to be had. Like it says on the actual disc: ‘…take this shxt straight to you head – because after all, it’s quiet when your dead’.