Written by Alex Stojanovic
Raising Teenage Girls
Be A Dick 2nite
My Rock N Roll Dream
Mr. Rock N Roll
Who's Better Than Us?
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Label: Metal Blade Records
Jim Breuer - Vocals Rob Caggiano - Guitars Joe Vigliotti - Bass Mike Tichy - Drums
One song that puts a huge grin on my face is "Old School" which has references to a slew of bands like AC/DC, Metallica, Megadeth, Van Halen, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister and Ozzy to name a few, all of who were important to Breuer growing up. Musically, it has a very Maiden-esque triplet intro before heading into straightforward metal territory with grooving riffs and incredible hooks. This is definitely one of the high points of the record. "Be A Dick 2nite", despite the weird title, is pretty entertaining where the lyrics are talking about that one guy we all know who likes to get absolutely drunk and act idiotic. The verses are spoken in conversation mode as if Breuer was talking to someone else about that person and also from his perspective of hanging with that person.
Long before the album's release, Breuer revealed that the album would feature a guest appearance by none other than AC/DC's Brian Johnson, who lends his vocals to "My Rock N Roll Dream", where he narrates a short autobiographical piece talking about Jim's dreams of being a comedian and a rockstar, and "Mr. Rock N Roll" where he unleashes his unmistakable voice to some very AC/DC inspired riffs and grooves. Although the current situation with Brian is lousy with him not being able to continue with AC/DC, it's great to know that he can still record music and he's keeping a positive attitude.
The album is also a representation of Breuer's stand-up routine where he normally talks about his love for metal and music, as well as family life, marriage life, as well as a few other topics like going out and drinking. "Thrash", "Old School" and "Mr. Rock N Roll" represent the music part of his routine, "Raising Teenage Girls" and "Family Warrior" represent the family life part, and "Be A Dick 2nite" represents the drinking part. The choruses on "Family Warrior", "Old School" and "Raising Teenage Girls" are where he really showcases his great vocal abilities. After hearing Breuer sing some Judas Priest and Halford songs on YouTube a few years ago, I was amazed at how great his vocals were and it got me wondering if he would ever do a music album, and sure enough, here he is with one. Other highlights on the album include "Wannabe" and the album's closer "The Unexplained" with their insanely catchy riffs and melodies.
Usually when it comes to comedy, I enjoy comedy a lot, but I like comedy that has wit, but every once in a while, you come across some simple comedy but it's well executed, and that's the case with the comedy on this album and also with Breuer's stand-up routines. There are a lot of comedians out there that tell very simple comedy, but very few execute it well. It's all in the delivery, and Breuer is one of the few that does it really well as he has me laughing all the time. All I can say is that if you love metal and comedy, there's no denying that you'll enjoy Songs From The Garage.
Highs: Each song is entertaining. No song really mirrors another.
Lows: I have nothing to complain about