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"Singing, songwriting, guitar-weilding punk doll Kimberly Freeman is the creator of this super-charged anime-style rock due, screeching out nursery rhymes and cooing evil phrases throughout an energizing, forceful album of precocious ditties like, "Scapegoat" and the creepy, "Meth Monster". Her belted-out ferocity and fabulous looks remind me of Dominique of Stolen Babies, but the music's less self-conscious , more ballsy Pixies meets Siouxsie meets Hole. Austin's One-Eyed Doll is captivating, wild and never predictable, the way indie rock should be." - Celine, SENTIMENTALIST MAGAZINE (NY)
"Somewhere in Texas there is a storm brewing. Fuelled by discontent with life, the storm manifests itself in all sorts of ways and some of them are musical. If you want an example of this, try this album from the band One Eyed Doll. With titles like "Meth Monster" and "Nudie Bar", this is not likely to be a collection of wholesome Christian tunes. Taking "Nudie Bar" first, Bluesbunny pauses to wonder why they always play Tina Turner tunes in such places. Maybe things are different in Texas. Or maybe the nudie bars in Texas are staffed by female vampires. It would be worth a field trip to find out and this song is a hardcore rockfest with the sort of homicidal tendencies that reminded us of the Meteors. "Meth Monster" comes across like hippie poetry gone evil with the sugary sweet vocals counterpointed with that trademark death metal riff. "Hoochie Mama" should be licensed by that boy Tarantino to liven up the soundtrack of his next movie as Kimberly Freeman snarls "... if I wanted a caveman". God knows the boy needs some help in his selection of feminist anthems. We took a special liking to "Recipe 4 Success" with its throwaway fifties novelty pop feel were not for those rather worrying lyrics. Wholesome it is not as we are urged not to make friends with our food as"... that makes it harder when you kill them". I don't think we shall see this one performed on American Idol. Loud, dark and twisted really sums this album up. It is like Rodgers and Hammerstein writing a musical of a Grimms Brothers fairy tale after developing a crystal meth habit. Musically, it is let down by an over reliance on standard death metal riffs but lyrically it is a gothic gem. Admittedly, the natural home for this album will turn out to be inside a '57 Chevy with blacked out windows but it is well worth tuning your ears to its particular frequency on the home hifi. Failing that, turn the volume right up and annoy the neighbours. Satisfaction guaranteed."
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I also thought it was cool that Freeman decided to go the way of a female Jimmy Hendrix and cover the beginning of the Star Spangle Banner, followed with a barrage of awesome dissonant noise. Memorable? Yes. If America was to have an anthem of doom, laden with girlish charm, this would be it.
The next track is "Black Forest", which I soon discovered later on their website, (where to my surprise they had the entire album streaming!). They are so generous. This song opens with an awesome heavy punk metal riff, and slides into a chugging, catchy tale of Miss Freeman's favorite place, "Black Forest, forest of the night.' Whether this is Kimberly's favorite hang out in her native Oregon, or the forest itself, it sure is catchy! I also really like the bridge here, as it is choppy and metallic.
"Scapegoat" is an alternative pop-punk ode/rant to girl power. It talks of a relationship gone sour, and Miss Freeman has had enough of this pig's abuse. Hit the road Jack! I like the simplistic but melodic intro, and the chorus is very memorable and catchy.
"Master" is a lullaby of sorts, with a dreamy guitar and a repetitive drum roll. You will be hypnotized into submission with this track. Here, Miss Freeman makes it clear that she is indeed your master, and you will indeed do as she wills, or bad things will happen (as you hear babies coo, children at play, helicopters chopping, and sirens waling). I liked this track immediately.
Run folks, next comes the "Meth Monster". This is probably the darkest track on the album, as it talks about a predatory drug induced animal of a man, that smokes methamphetamine and breaks into people's homes. This is a grunge masterpiece in my opinion, and it has a very haunting opening line,"I am Satan, I am God, third eye open to the fraud." Brilliant lyricism.
"Hoochie Mamma" is the next track, with a funky opening beat, followed by heavy drop D power chords. Something you can jump around and dance to, put yo hands up to, and make a devil sign and head bang to, all at once. This song talks about labeling someone promiscuous, simply for the sake of their outward appearance. But Kimberly protests this while singing "My mamma didn't raise no hoochie mamma, my mamma didn't raise no ho.' At first when I saw the title, I thought it might be a rap song, but it is very funk/punk/metal, and very catchy/groovy.
If you're a pyromaniac, or just hate your boyfriend or girlfriend for cheating on you, you will love the song, "Nudie Bar".
This is a personal favorite of mine. Instantly you are hit with a chug chug chug riff and fast mid-tempo drum beat. You can really hear Freeman's rage here, as she sings "Gonna rig up some propane tanks,
gonna light the fuse and kill some skanks.' Her rationale here, is that the Nudie Bar did in fact steal her boyfriend, and she just wants one thing, pure and simple revenge. Don't piss this girl off, especially if you're her boyfriend, and enjoy strip clubs. Just say no.
"Tara" is next. I really enjoy the doom metal/Black Sabbathy opening riff. This one is slightly cryptic in it's message in the sense that, you don't really know who Tara is. But that's what makes the song so great. It's someone who Kimberly has never met, but still mourns the loss of. I like the vocals here especially, as they are ghostly, and will give you chills. I especially enjoy when the songs quickens in the chorus, and Miss Freeman's voice crescendo's into a peak of pure KF bliss, and back again to the doom laden vibe. I call it, "The Wave of Tara". Yes, I lead a rich fantasy life.
If you've ever been locked in the loony bin, you'll relate to the next song "Committed.' The song conjures up images of a manic, and distraught Kimberly Freeman, being dragged to the local Asylum, and shot full of sedatives. Her song writing skills really shine here, as she sings my favorite line, "Lock me up they must sedate me, poke me prod me irritate me, no choice but to be the needle's whore." This is good stuff. The crazies will all relate with this one.
If you've ever felt like ending it all, "Suicidal Again" is certainly a theme song for such thoughts. This is the first track on the album that really conveys feelings of utter helplessness and depression, with the simple line throughout, "Here I am, suicidal again." The musical sensitivity here is extremely beautiful, and the tones on Kimberly's guitar are light and atmospheric, yet still very heavy.
It's hard to pin down my very favorite track on the record, but if I absolutely had to, I think the title track "Hole" would be it. Miss Freeman really shows you that she has indeed been destroyed emotionally by a former love, and it really hits home for me, the listener. "There's a hole in my heart, where your smile used to be, your blue eyes have been gouged from my soul." That verse is so beautiful, because you really know how much she's hurting here. There is no denying the pain Kimberly felt while writing these lyrics. The chorus is in Chinese, "Zoë mou sas agapo', and is sung in a very believable Mandarin accent. The song alternates between light and heavy, and is finished off with a beautiful piano outro, before the final verse. I recently saw a live video of this, and pictured her singing it in front of thousands of screaming fans at the Lollapalooza festival. It's that good!
I used to listen to Raffi a lot as a child, and the first time I heard "Recipe 4 Success", it brought back memories. But, here is more of a cannibalistic female Raffi. Kimberly Freeman sings of a couple who have the perfect recipe for a human cuisine. The song starts out innocent enough as a toddler anthem for your favorite soup recipe. "Stir stir stir the rice, so it doesn't stick to the bottom, slice slice slice the potatoes, actually no it's better if you dice them." Then, Freeman sings 'Make friends with your food, actually no, that makes it harder when you kill them.' After this, the tick-tock two chord sing-along explodes into one of Freeman's signature doom-metal riffs. Great fun.
Last, but certainly not least is "Wheels on the Bus". A song about a school bus driver turned mass murderer. Yet another children's sing-along turned psychotic. When Kimberly sings here, she sounds sweetly sadistic, while a soundtrack of children make a racket, and a heavy sinister riff chugs along to a hard hitting tip tiddity tap drum beat. The song is choppy, fun, melodic, and dark. It shows a dark sense of humor on Freeman's part, and an overall great ending to One-Eyed Doll's first brilliant debut, "Hole". This album is amazing, disturbing, punk as funk, and a little messy.
The End! "HOLE" IS AMAZING!! BUY it!!!!! -Jordan Tyler Bradford
- SENTIMENTALIST MAGAZINE (NY)