Rob Zombie‘s new album, , arrived on Friday (April 29th). Zombie made the record in short stretches over a year and explained to us why that worked out: [“Usually, you go in to make a record and you book six weeks at a studio, eight weeks, whatever, and you just plow through it. And you know, by the time you’re getting to track eight, nine, 10, you know they’re not good songs anymore. You’re trying, but you’re just tapped out at that point. You’re like writing lyrics, everybody’s bored and antsy. But by always leaving, whenever we’d come back the ideas were always different and fresh. That’s why the songs are so short, because I lived with them for so long, I kept chopping parts out, you know, and I think it worked.”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . think it worked.)
- Zombie told Rolling Stone why he kept the new record and the songs short, explaining, “Whenever I go through records that I love and I listen to over and over and over, I go, ‘Man, this record’s short. That’s why I loved it so much.’ It’s, like, thirty minutes, so I’ve listened to it nine thousand times, whereas you have other records where you go, ‘Yeah, I know that record’s great, but it’s, like, seventy-five minutes long, or the tracks are, like, six minutes long’ . . . I love long songs, but if you’re gonna write a song that long, it’s better be ‘Freebird’ or ‘Stairway To Heaven’ or something. It’d better be worth my time.”
- Zombie recently released a music video for the current single from the new album, “Get High” — full title, “In The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High.”
- Zombie will begin a co-headlining tour with Disturbed on Tuesday (May 3rd) in Biloxi, Mississippi. He’ll also join Korn on a co-headlining trek this July.
- Zombie’s latest outing as a horror film director, 31, will go into wide release this September.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for “Get High”:
ASK YOUR LISTENERS:
- Do you think an album is better if it’s shorter?
- Do you feel like most records are too long? Should a record be 35 or 40 minutes tops, and not over an hour?
- If you’ve heard Rob’s new record, what do you think of it?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Michael John Will Jr. wrote: “Wasn’t sure about the 3 songs released ahead of time. Each had their qualities, good or not…but the album as a whole makes each of the pre-released tunes fit into a puzzle that I enjoyed more than I though I would. A return to form (of sorts) to the days of White Zombie. I am impressed.”
Jason Green wrote: “I agree with keeping things short and sweet. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of super long nonsensical song titles and themes.”
Peter Clements wrote: “He also decided to keep it s**t… Such a disappointing album. I miss the days of Hillbilly deluxe etc.”
Josh Williams wrote: “It’s only about seven minutes shorter than his previous records. But I’m fine with this. Just listened to the album this morning, and it’s excellent. He was able to take his roots and infuse them very well with his evolutionary process in music to create a great sound. Really happy with the end result.”