Hey there Communitarians, I’ve got a very special treat for you guys today! I’m starting to bring us into reviewing music! Oh god…No, please don’t run! It’s just video game music you sillies!
As it has been stated in the past here on The Community, we freakin’ love ourselves some good ol’ video game music. How about video game bands though? Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about today. I’ve got two of the newest albums from Video Game Music’s “Weird Al” Brentalfloss and the Foo Fighters of video Game Music, The Megas. This week we’ll talk about Brentalfloss and his newest album entitled “Bits of Me”.
Brentalfloss has been making Video Game tunes with Lyrics and being successful at it ever since he came onto the scene with his Mega Man 2 w/ lyrics. I bought his first album and I was a fan of it. I listened to it quite a bit. Recently he’s been advertising his newest album as “The album we’ve been waiting for.” Naturally I wanted to see whether or not it was true. I got my digital copy in my e-mail the first week in June. I downloaded it, booted up iTunes and set myself up. And I have to tell ya’, it’s the most fun I’ve had while listening to an album.
Bits of Me and its 18 track CD has songs both old and new for “brentalfans” to sing along to all day. While it contains mostly re-mastered versions, they’re still just as good as when you first heard them. The album encompasses almost every genre of music from Blues, and Rap, to Rock and even country (Banjo Kazooie?). Brent’s ability to make funny and entertaining lyrics is still unparalleled in comedic music.
Mega Man 3 Game Over w/ Lyrics still makes me laugh whenever I listen to it. It’s an unbelievably hilarious take on Game Over music. Anyone who has become frustrated just by hearing Mega Man 3 Game Over music after a frustrating fight knows the feeling. That’s one of the things that set Brentalfloss apart. He was a gamer just like the rest of us. He knew exactly how we felt when we beat Super Mario Bros. 2 to find out it was just a dream, or when we finished a game and we just got a dumb credits role like in Classic Ending Credits w/ Lyrics. It’s just Brentalfloss at his absolute best.
I also love that this album contains some songs that didn’t follow the basic “Hey, let me tell you about this video game” formula. What I mean is, certain songs like Baby Mario and Papa Yoshi, 2-2 Blues and Star Fox: Space Oddity tell adorable and hilarious stories. 2-2 Blues is just as good as it was at Video Games Live and Star Fox: Space Oddity is a great parody to David Bowie’s classic Space Odyssey. It’s definitely a step above the first album.
The only real problem I had with the first album was that some of the songs, while great, were lacking because of little things like some of the music wasn’t fitting quite as good as it could’ve. Don’t get me wrong, Brent’s 1st album was great but after hearing Bits of Me, it dwarfs it in comparison. The style of the album is a lot more sophisticated…if by sophisticated you mean beer drinking, baby eating, and gay toads then by all means. It’s sophisticated, damnit!
Finally, credit needs to be given to Joe Skinner for being such a badass sound designer for Brent. The guy clearly cares about the fans and making the best possible product. It shows that both parties are absolutely in sync’ when it comes to producing quality music. I could go on and on about how much I loved this CD, and I believe I pretty much have, so I’m just going to say this: If you enjoy video game music, if you enjoy comedy, if you enjoy even music in general, get this CD. Brentalfloss’s sophomore album is light years ahead of its predecessor and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. It’s a great experience that many of us gamers will enjoy. Now stay tuned folks, because next time, I’ll be reviewing the long awaited sophomore album of The Megas entitled “History Repeating: Blue”.