Customer Reviews

149
3.7 out of 5 stars
Educated Horses
Format: Audio CDChange
Price:$7.39 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

62 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2006
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Following the release of 2001's "Sinister Urge," Rob Zombie took a little hiatus away from music. During this five year absence, Rob made two feature films, so it was questionable if he would ever return to music, or just focus on his movie career full time. But now his fans can rejoice because Rob has finally returned with a new studio album.

"Educated Horses" keeps the b-side/horror movie samples to a minimum, so it may very well be the most focused and professional album of Rob's long and storied career. Plus, as songs like the churning "American Witch," and the rhythmic "17 Year Locust" show, Rob still knows his way around a good hook. And there are a handful of standout tracks on here. "The Scorpion Sleeps" features a catchy stop-start beat with stutter-stepping guitars; songs like "Let It All Bleed Out" and "Ride" are backed by a powerful chug and churn guitar lead; and "Death Of It All" has a beautiful acoustic guitar intro/outro and an unexpected, hooky hand-clap pattern.

But, unfortunately, "Educated Horses" has just as many drawbacks as good aspects. Firstly, there are no classics anywhere on here, and no songs that are anywhere near as good or memorable as, say, "Dragula," "Living Dead Girl," or "Never Gonna Stop." It's doubtful that any of "Educated Horses" will stick with you or bounce around your head for very long.

Next, this is doubtlessly Rob's most experimental and least heavy album. The single, "Foxy Foxy," has a syncopated beat and digitized/electronic vocals, whereas songs like the aforementioned "17 Year Locust" and "The Devil's Rejects" feature (what could be) a sitar. Experimentation isn't inherently a bad thing, but most would agree that heavy songs are catchier, more infectious, more exciting/exhilarating, and hold the listener's attention better.

Finally, the biggest flaw this C.D. has is that, like most RZ discs, "Educated Horses" is WAY too short. At a mere 11 tracks (with only nine of those being actual songs) and 39 minutes, it doesn't have time to be to wow the listener or be a satisfying step forward from "Sinister Urge." It's curious that it took Rob this long to make a C.D. that's this brief.

So, there are a few good tunes here, but, as a whole, "Educated Horses" just kind of falls flat and isn't memorable. In fact, it's probably Rob Zombie's weakest album (that he's made by himself or with White Zombie). If you're not a diehard fan who needs a complete collection, you can definitely afford to skip this one or buy it used.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
OK, ok. Typical Rob Zombie it ain't. I agree. If you love his solo work up to this point and his White Zombie stuff, as I do, you do have a certain expectation about what a Zombie (Rob or White) album will deliver. But Zombie's a creative creature, and that's why I love this album. He's too creative to stick with that hot rod drivin' demon conception forever. And this album proves he can move beyond that. He keeps a lot of the similar, horror based track concepts, but this is less a metal album and much more a hard rock album. It still has loads of the atmosphere that Zombie is quite good at creating, but it's got a lot of groove that really comes across very well. That said, there are still some tracks that sound a little like classic Zombie. "Let it All Bleed Out" would fit well on any of his other albums, as would a few others. It's the more unique and clever approaches to songs like "The Devil's Rejects" that make the album unique. Bottom line, if you're willing to let Rob take you in a different direction, this is a very strong album. If you just can't bear Rob trying something a little different, it's not for you. But give it a couple of listens before you condemn this album for its variance from traditional Zombie.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
this isn't what i was expecting out of an album that too so long to come out. it's "different" than anything he's come out with before. alot softer if you will. something that could be heard on teh radio at anytime of the day i'd say. when i first got it i skimmed through it to find the tracks that where keepers and which one's i'd have to give more time to. problem is i couldn't find one that was an instant classic...just alot of filler. out of all the ones on it i like Death of it All the most. the album was a little on the short side also. which isn't a bad thing if your not lyric extensive. all in all if your new to rob zombie then its not so bad. but if you've been a fan since white zomebie your expectations may be unfulfilled like mine was. sorry rob but this album sucked ;_;
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
I am very reluctant to listen to the radio because there is really nothing good on it. So needless to say I had not heard the single "Foxy Foxy". I figured it's Rob Zombie, it's gonna rock. All I can say is that Rob fell flat off his educated horse on this one. The songs for the most part are not heavy. His vocals, while sounding more old school Zombie, still come across as weak to me. Not to mention he has John Lowery from Marilyn Manson fame on guitar, but even John's solo album "Vertigo" is overflowing with hard driving guitar / solo shredding on some of the tracks. So I will let the blame fall on Rob since the band is more than capable of rocking out. It is just and uneventful weak release that he should've just made another movie instead of recording. The lack of a Parental Advisory Sticker should've sent up a red flag to me but oh well. If you must have some Rob Zombie music, buy any other release and avoid this one.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I loved the previous releases, especially Hellbilly Deluxe but this....wow, what a shame. Sounds like Rob is trying to appeal to mall kids who are into Korn.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A slight departure for Rob Zombie, "Educated Horses" veers away from the electronic effects and the sampling, that were so prevelant on classics like the "Hellbilly Deluxe" album, on most of its songs, focusing on a driving, hammering, metal assault led by great distorted guitar-work and Zombie's distinctive (and increasingly versatile) vocal performance. The electronic/sampling elements are still present, popping up to fine effect on tracks like "Let It All Bleed Out", while techniques not usually associated with Zombie - like soft/acoustic guitars - turn up fairly frequently. The atmospheric instrumental "Sawdust In The Blood" - both haunting and menacing - opens up the album and segues right into the instantly memorable future classic "American Witch".

Most of the lyrics on "Educated Horses" are on the vague side, sounding kind of like songs based on horror movies yet to be made. Creepy, well-crafted, and sometimes with a lot of between-the-lines subtext, they're the kind of songs you can something different out of on subsequent listens. The song on here based on a horror movie that Has been made, is of course "The Devil's Rejects", based on the second of Zombie's 'Firefly family' films. It ties in to the movie in a disturbing way, seemingly a reflection on how the Rejects see themselves and the world around them. "Foxy Foxy" and "The Scorpion Sleeps" are also standout tracks that deserve a special mention, although there's not a weak song on the disc. It's still got pretty much everything that made the previous albums work, but expands with new angles. I think there's a definate influence from '70s classic rock on here, although that influence has been fed through a steam-powered grinder to come out distinctly Rob Zombie. "Educated Horses" is a 4.5 star album containing much of Zombie's best music to date.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What a waste of money! These songs seem like leftovers from his last 2 albums. The only highlight is the last 30 seconds of the disc. It seemed like Rob left the recording studio and the rest of the band said "Screw this. Let's play something that actually sounds good."

I hearby state that I will no longer refer to this band as Rob Zombie. It shall now be called 'Sherrie Moon's Husband's Band'.

I hate to say it but Scum of The Earth's (Zombie leftovers) put out a better CD than this.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I know Rob's fans are a rabid lot (I know cos I count myself among them); so it pains me to say this new album is a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, it's quite enjoyable.. but nothing special. I had reservations before the release having read an old interview where Rob apparently says he doesn't give a s**t about music anymore, he's into making films now. Fair enough, he's been making music a long time now. Maybe it's understandable that he's tired of it and more interested in doing something new... Okay..so stick to the movies Rob. This album sounds tired and uninspired to me. Was it a contractual requirement ? I don't know. Even the artwork for the cd is lacking.. Remember how you could pour over a White Zombie / Rob Zombie cover/booklet for ages ? Maybe I have it all wrong.. I just don't feel any heart in this latest album. If Rob does continue to make music, I hope it rocks better than this..
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I like most of Rob & White Zombie's stuff. Maybe I'm getting older and heading in a different direction than Rob, but this is just NOT impressive. Where is the punch, drive, or energy? I can't see the old or recent Zombie fans giving this impressive reviews. 3 decent songs on the disc is not worth the $$.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2006
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Okay, enough is so totally enough already!! 1st the Huge letdown from Korn's new album ( 1 good song, Twisted Transistor ) then the Extremely upsetting release from Rammstein, twice as bad as Reise, Reise... but atleast that album had it's high points.

Rob's new album... Biggest disappointment so far! The "hit" Foxy Foxy, like almost all the somgs, isn't the tempo, pitch, or well, anything the Good zombie albums are. When I first put in the cd, I didn't know if I was suppose to be slow dancing, or if I'd shifted planes and was listening to a horrible local band!

A little tip for Rob - it's great that you've explored other areas, i.e. film... but you need to spend as much time on albums as you use to, or you may find that film is all you have left!

There is another hidden agenda to this cd though, upon opening the cd, you'll find an insert card that promotes his upcoming movie soon to hit theatres, an animated flick; and it occurs to me that with the mockery of attemted talent that's on this cd, it could have been thought up and engineered for the sole purpose of promoting the movie, and to make a bit of money to help ease the overblown film budget.

In any case, the above mentioned cd's should be avoided at all cost. Don't waste your money, you are forwarned.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor by Rob Zombie (Audio CD - 2013)

Hellbilly Deluxe
Hellbilly Deluxe by Rob Zombie (Audio CD - 1998)

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Your Recently Viewed Items and Featured Recommendations 
 

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.