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So Far, So Good...So What!

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  • This was Megadeth’s last album released in the 1980’s, and it is also considered by most fans to be their last true thrash album. “So Far, So Good…So What?” is my second favorite Megadeth album (second only to “Rust in Peace.”) I might be alone in this opinion, but I do prefer this C.D. to its predecessor, (Megadeth’s sophomore album “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?”). Every song on this disc (especially the instrumental) grabs me; this album is catchier and more contagious than “Peace Sells.”

    “So Far, So Good…So What?” hadn’t aged well, and it hadn’t stood the test of time, because when it was originally released, back in 1988, it came across sounding rather stale, because its production was pretty bad. Therefore, I think reissuing/remastering this album was a great idea. The result of the remaster made these songs sound better than ever! Like most of Megadeth’s remasters (they reissued their whole back catalogue), the rough and raw sound of the original C.D. is gone, here, but the sound quality is clearer, louder, and all-around MUCH better.

    “Into the Lungs of Hell” is the album’s opening song, and it is also the instrumental. The whole song is very catchy (especially the opening guitar sounds), and a few solos are also included. It’s not quite as good as Metallica’s “Orion,” but this song is still very good.
    “Set the World Afire” should be titled “Set Our Fret Boards Afire,” because this song begins with really fast, running, almost buzzsaw riffs. Three good guitar solos are tossed in, (but the first one is pushed to the back, because this song’s rhythm is so crunchy.)
    “Anarchy in the U.K.” is a cover of an old Sex Pistols song. Some people like this cover, some people hate it; personally, I don’t find anything wrong with it. It has catchy, chugging guitars and a nice sing-along chorus.
    “In My Darkest Hour” begins with soft strumming, but the electric guitars make a storming/pounding entrance pretty soon thereafter. This song becomes an almost skipping beat with trippy guitar playing, and it becomes quite speedy. Two more talented solos are included around the middle, as well.
    “Hook in Mouth” has chugging riffs, but there are a few subtle speed changes and the guitar work and song tempo become even faster.

    “So Far, So Good…So What?” may not be as important, or influential as some other albums from this band, but it is still a great album, and definitely worth owning. This was always a great album, in fact, but it’s even better now that it has been remastered. As another reviewer said, if you own the original copy of this C.D., and you’re happy with its sound quality, you don’t need to dish out some more money for the remaster. But if you’re new, definitely buy the remaster, and don’t bother with the original.

    Posted on February 4, 2010