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Hangover Music, Vol.VI

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In what could be considered the masterstroke of all niche marketing, Black Label Society has released the aptly titled Hangover Music. It's a beautiful collection of slightly toned down hard rock, meant and perfectly constructed for the morning after a night of hard, heavy metal partying. The gut wrenching riffs are there, so are the morose vocals, but guitarist/singer Zakk Wylde takes a little of the edge off to nurse a throbbing head and headbanger's neck. The outcome is nothing short of brilliant.

The music makes more than just a tip of the hat to the lamented lost brilliance of Alice in Chains: there's even a song dedicated to "Layne." It's a warm, sad and loving tribute to the late Layne Staley and all that he accomplished in such a brief run -- and a gut wrenching reminder of the needle and the damage done (all due credit to Neil Young).

Sunshine is at a minimum on this record, which makes it the most "Seattle" album in awhile. Despite all the gloom, "House of Doom" strolls along like a walk on a partly cloudy day -- perhaps a walk with Soundgarden (or Big Head Todd) in the headphones. And there's more than a nod to Jar of Flies. But Hangover Music is no rip off. The album has more of the feel of that day after jam that happens after the best gigs.

Every good rock album has a good break up song, and every good break up song has a searing "I'm over it" guitar lead. "Queen of Sorrow" fills the niche better than most, even if Wylde's brilliant fretwork sets his vocal shortcomings in sharp contrast. The chorus is melodic with anthemic aspirations and the hooks are sharp enough to catch every audience. Wylde competently plays piano on this album, at least well enough to drive his point home. But he's a guitar player and he does that extremely well.

Fact is, there are some great riffs on this album. Some can be considered tried and true, but in Zakk Wylde's hands, none of them sound worn out. There are busloads of heavy metal musicians who have tried to show a sensitive side, but few have put it into context. Sometimes, you've gotta give that head of yours a rest after banging it all night long. Hangover Music lays it on the table, frankly, honestly as that greasy fast food biscuit that makes everything better.

By Rob Boss

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Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Black Label Society
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.00 x 0.42 x 5.63 Inches
Release Date: 04/20/2004
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Track Listing

1. Crazy Or High
2. Queen Of Sorrow
3. Steppin Stone
4. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
5. Takillya (Estyabon)
6. Won't Find It Here
7. She Deserves A Free Ride (Val's Song)
8. House Of Doom
9. Damage Is Done
10. Layne
11. Woman Don't Cry
12. No Other
13. Whiter Shade Of Pale
14. Once More
15. Fear
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