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Aloha

Aloha

November 13, 2012
4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Todd Smith, teamed up with Scott Radway (who wrote half of the album's music), continues his excellent songwriting track record with the new El Creepo outing, Aloha. Anyone who is familiar with this project needs no introduction to Todd Smith, one of the 21st century's greatest songwriters - as seen from the perspective of Jack The Ripper. Todd has always had a knack for genre-bending ditties, but on this album he focuses in more on the emotive and timeless aspects of songwriting through deviant lyrical wordplay and film noir musical variety.

Cuts like Sick Amore', Slip The Noose, & Arabian Rose - This is the bread & butter of Aloha. You could go as far as to say this album is Todd Smith's "California" (reference to Mr. Bungle's swansong record). It channel's that feel with the middle-eastern electronic stylings and the occasional DFD experimental metal burst - but less of that here, which ends up being a good thing this time around. A Town Called Tribulation recalls the first El Creepo record, with its ghost country twang and Smith's now trademarked croon.

Cottonwood River will remind Smith fans of a more peppy version of Desert Grave from DFD's Adultery. Counting Sheep is an epic, insane track that has to be heard to be believed. Its reminds me of something from Legendary Pink Dots. Bizarre and addicting. Lock The World Outside is a gentle 60s sounding acoustic daydreamer tune that really pulls you in with the descriptive lyrics. Calm Before The Storm sounds like a Nick Cave collaboration - very doomy and jangly. Stranger Things Have Happened is a skittering new age ambient jazz mash-up that has unique progressions - one of the albums finest cuts.

The gem of Aloha is Under The Moonlight. Honestly, I'm floored.
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When El-Creepo! started, it was Todd Smith solo, mostly him and his guitar, singing haunting, sparse, acoustic tracks that were unmistakably Todd. But anyone who heard the first album in its entirety likely toke note of the fact that this gave way about halfway through the album. At that point, the guitars picked up, the songs became less acoustic and more reminiscent of either Dog Fashion Disco or Polkadot Cadaver. The same is true with this album, only more so; only the first two coincide with the haunting-folk-balladry idea. After that, the guitars pick up, as do the other instruments, and the acoustic style is not revisited until the last song, Aloha. For all who want an album all in that acoustic style, this album will not do the trick...

...However, for all that loved the first Creepo record straight through, this one only expands the pallet of sounds; it delves into full blown jazz, heavier breaks, more varied song structures, and less repetitive lyrics (not to dog on the first Creepo record). Heck, even the acoustic songs here sound better, and though it's a shame that there is only three of them, that is simply a shift of style, not quality. Every song here is better than Hitman, so don't fret, little piggies. Todd cut this bizarre piece of music, and it is wonderful.
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This album is outstanding!! It's got a very sedistic undertone, which is usual for Todd Smith. Kinda like the first El Creepo!, this album has a great groove to be found in every song. My favorite track has to be Counting Sheep. Every song on the album draws you in but with Counting Sheep, you don't want the song to every end. It just keeps getting bigger and more intense.

It's best to listen to this album from start to finish. The songs are totally different from one to the next and by the end you get the full picture. Smith writes the most insane lyrics with a realistic twist. I hope he continues to make music for a long time. If you buy and enjoy this album, check out the rest of Todd Smith's music. Several different bands and everyone of them are very good.
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This albums is amazing. Todd Smith stepped it up with this album. From beginning to end I can say nothing wrong about this album, unlike the first El Creepo album I loved most of them, but the last few just didn't do it for me. This album is just amazing.
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Aloha is, in my opinion, the best album of 2012. Todd Smith continues to push the envelope with his deliciously morbid yet beautiful lyrics. The music is so diverse from song to song, showing how talented Todd Smith and Scott Radway truly are. The album has it all...with styles ranging from Massive Attack style trip-hop, Beck style funk, and Mike Patton style twistedness. Hints of electro-metal with songs such as 'Arabian Rose' and even a love song 'Under the Moonlight' to dance the night away with your lady.

If you are looking for something truly unique and innovative, get this album!
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Aloha is a shining example of classic Todd Smith musical paradox. The music is smooth, clean and conveys optimistic contentment. The lyrics offer impending doom and death. Todd shows, once again, that he can adeptly weave multiple musical genres and styles into a cohesive and majestic mass of musical magnificence. After spending more than half of my 36 years actively listening to and studying music I can say with no hesitation that Aloha is an absolute masterpiece.
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