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2011 album from the Canadian band. A latticework of Rock and Hip Hop, the album conjures old school sounds, thanks to leader Kaz and producers Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry, as well as the good vibes at Hollywood's TGG Studios (now called Wax Studios, whose alums include Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Neil Young). The sound may be warm, but the songs revisit the cold climate of Kaz's native Hamilton, Ontario., and the even chillier emotional landscape of his lost years. In the astonishing hip-hop flavored debut single, "Old Man," Kaz offers a reluctant salute to his father, a larger-than-life figure who taught school by day and raced stock cars at night.

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"Redlight King's "old Man" grabs the 1972 classic by Neil Young, who approved a sampling of the song for the first time, and launches it into the 21st century. Young's song is sped up and updated with heavy percussion, while singer/songwriter Mark Kasprzyk's vocals are laid over the track and present an ode to the singer's father. "My old man is a legend/He cast a shadow so great/I think of how he is watchin'/With every move that I make," he sings. Somehow Kasprzyk's gruff voice and Young's think warble blend seamlessly in the chorus, and "Old Man" ends up as the first single since puff Daddy's 1997 hit "I'll Be Missing You" to immerse itself in a sample of another track without sounding unoriginal. Redlight King has achieved the near-impossible - and might have scored his first hit--with this respectful, modern reworking." -- Billboard Magazine, 2011
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B004WIKQF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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