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Something for the Pain [Import]

Redlight KingAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Like Redlight King’s 2011 debut album, Something for the Pain, which established the L.A.-based unit as a potent new force in the modern-rock arena, the new Irons in the Fire is downright ferocious in its aggressiveness. But as far as bandleader Kaz is concerned, the similarities between the two efforts end there. “The last record was more of a studio record,” he ... Read more in Amazon's Redlight King Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Redlight King has an interesting story. It's the brainchild of lead singer Mark Kasprzyk, a Canadian native that's equally inspired by hip hop (such as A Tribe Called Quest, Lords Of The Underground, Nas and Das EFX) as he is with classic rock (such as Tom Petty, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young- who he sampled on the first single "Old Man"). He started out originally as a rapper named Kazzer in 2002 and had moderate success in Canada with the song "Pedal To The Medal". He tried to maintain his career, but due to shakeups at his then-label he was without a recording contract for the remainder of the later 2000's. He decided to leave Canada for California in search of greener pastures- at least from a musical standpoint. He started a band called Redlight King and released their Hollywood Records debut, the deeply personal and reflective "Something For The Pain".

This debut is practically a mixture of many sounds- ranging from hip hop to 90's alternative to southern rock. The best way to describe this album is that it's a mixture between Third Eye Blind and Filter- with a little bit of Everlast thrown in for good measure. The album starts off with the title track "Something For The Pain", a song about offering comforting words to someone dealing with personal problems. Mark sings about the hard times he's been through on the songs "Bullet In My Hand", "Built To Last" and the orchestra driven acoustic ballad "When The Dust Settles". On the aforementioned "Old Man" he tells the story of his father, an amateur race car driver whose ambitions didn't exactly lead to prosperity. He sings about the trials of the downtrodden on "City Life" and expresses his desires to start a new life on "Drivin' To Kalifornia".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not what you expect June 30, 2011
By Kenneth
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect with this disc. Like most people, I had heard Old Man and thought it was a really good homage to Neil Young and his song, and that is also reminded me a lot of Ends from Everlast. I had read other reviews that said the rest of the disc was nothing like Old Man, which is true. If you are looking for an entire CD of that, you won't find it here.

As good as Old Man is, the rest of this album doesn't have the hip-hop flavor that one song does. On most of the other songs, Mark Kasprzyk sings the whole song (or most of it anyway) instead of raps and most of them are more rock oriented than Old Man. He has a good voice for it (truth to tell, his voice reminds me of a slightly gruffer version of Kevin Rudolf, which I don't think of as a bad thing).

I've listened to this disc several times now and, all in all, I think that this is a good disc and shows an awful lot of potential for a new artist. I like to read reviews that make comparisons to other artists so that I get an idea of what to expect, so you get one too. If you know who these people are, try to imagine a cross of Kevin Rudolf's first CD In The City with a touch of Everlast and a maybe a hint of Tom Cochrane in his voice (think of the voice on the songs Life is a Highway or Lunatic Fringe). It's a good combination. Maybe better than I make it sound here, but it works really well. I look forward to seeing what he does next.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is the best CD I have heard in a very long time. The music crosses all age barriers. I am almost 50, my daughter is 30 and my granddaughter is 14. We all think that this is a great CD, every song tells a story. The music is a cross of styles in Red Hot Chilly Peppers and Nine Inch Nails. Very happy to have in our collection. We hope that this band will gain the attention that they deserveSomething for the Pain
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Great Album! July 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled across this CD by chance while looking for a Rock album to critique for a project. I have never bought a music disk before, but when I heard Redight King's single hit, "Old Man," I knew had to get it. This album is truly a unique piece of art. The way in which the album was composed and produced shows the creativity and hard-work that was put towards it. What really hooked me into this style of music were the rap-rock elements in this album, which reminded me of one of my favorite artists, Linkin Park.

While listening to the album playlist, the listeners can relate to the bittersweet journey of Mark Kasprzyk, the vocalist of Redlight King. The album as a whole is purposely arranged to depict his journey starting off with the song, "Something for the pain." In this song Kasprzyk seeks to provide the listeners a resource of relief. While analyzing this song, I felt that this is Kasprzyk's way of saying to his audience whenever you're experiencing pain, sorrow, or suffering, you can listen to my story and I'll provide you with a hope of light. Quoting from the lyrics, "When the sun goes down, Call my name; when all the world around you is just too hard to take..." This is a great song and way to start off the album; the title also provides an insight to what the listener should expect.

Kasprzyk goes on to the next song to provide his personal experiences as credibility to the skeptical listeners through his song, "Bullet in My Hand." The title Bullet in My Hand can be thought of as him being shot; however, surviving from a deadly wound. He now has the bullet to remind him and the audience that life is not something to waste away and that there is still hope; you have to believe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 23 days ago by lester schroder
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Album
I love this album. The album is packed one great song after another. All the songs are lyrically something that people can get into. Read more
Published 4 months ago by brandon franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Built to last
I'd been curious about this album and after seeing the video for their cover of Neil Young's "Old Man" I had to get the album and it did not disappointment. Read more
Published 4 months ago by THowerton
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
The album is well rounded and diverse. I like it and so do my teens and we rarely agree on music
Published 5 months ago by D. M. Crutchfield
5.0 out of 5 stars I need more!!!
I love these guys. His voice, the melodies, the beats, all of it is very catchy. I have to buy more from them.
Published 6 months ago by Autum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This Redlight King album is a must have! Each track is incredible and it's produced very well. Top to bottom it's an amazing album for any rock fan!
Published 6 months ago by Racer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Does not disappoint. Enjoyable and can sing along. Will look forward to next DVD. Great way to kill time while driving.
Published 6 months ago by Mary C. Koppenol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music great band
These guys are awesome. I got to meet some of them in Chattanooga in 2012. They are talented musicians and were nice.
Published 8 months ago by VickieKM
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great!
it's a little rap, meets hip, meets rock...a little different from the rest and it was a steal!...the seller sold me a scratched cd but they refunded my 3.00 for it... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J and G
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing band
The music is amazing. I like "Comeback". It was a song used in "The Avengers". And several of the songs have a good beat for running songs.
Published 13 months ago by Donald Goins
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