|1. Just Another Day|
|2. Dead Man's Party|
|3. Heard Somebody Cry|
|4. No One Lives Forever|
|6. Fool's Paradise|
|7. Help Me|
|8. Same Man I Was Before|
|9. Weird Science|
Just Another Day - 7 out of 10
Dead Man's Party - 10 out of 10 - I absolutely love this song. It has a great sound to it.
Heard Somebody Cry - 8 out of 10
No One Lives Forever - 10 out of 10 - My favorite on the album. There's really no words to describe how much I love this song.
Stay - 10 out of 10 - A great ballad-type song.
Fool's Paradise - 7 out of 10
Help Me - 9 out of 10
Same Man I Was Before - 8 out of 10
Weird Science - 10 out of 10 - This song has great parody potential. ;)
Yet another great album released by Oingo Boingo.
To me, Oingo Boingo is a weird / funny name. In fact I think there was a pair of jeans of the same name in the 80's.
Arguably, this is one of their best. In fact, I believe there may be some kind of underlying theme here. I think this is more of a focused / concept type of album (though only Danny Elfman probably knows what the specifics are to this theme). Many of the tracks don't necessarily deal with a dead man's party, but they do include mentions of ghosts, souls, and death. The lyrics are morbid / mordant. Songs like the title track, "no one lives forever", "same man i was before", and "heard somebody cry" all deal with similar anthems. Not that this initially would seem like fun material, but lead singer Elfman seems to poke fun at himself in the process, which lightens the sometimes errie tones.
If Oingo's morbid lyrics aren't appealing though, DMP keeps itself interesting for a plethora of other reasons. Sounds of trumpets, bells, xylophones, and synthesizers create a noisy and strange atmosphere, yet they're set with ingenious juxtapositions with some funky rythyms. It's a driving album and perhaps Oingo did accomplish more with Only a Lad, but from a commercial perspective, this was the peak of their success.
i love danny elfman's voice too.
Bottom line for the uninitiated: start here and work your way backwards through the Oingo Boingo discogprahy. The three previous albums deserve much more notice for their influence and originality.