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Just the Way You Are       Santa
This song has 20 notes on Expert. I really think there isn't any more that needs to be said. This three and a half minute long song has 20 notes on the hardest difficulty!

Simply amazing...
06.07.11 2:05pm 6 Replies | Reply +4 Relevance
Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)      "One of the Most Dreadful Guitar Charts Released Lately" Santa
There's no easy way to say this, but this song has one of the worst guitar charts ever released for Rock Band. Obviously that is very arguable as there have been some really bad ones before.

Remember "Lucky Denver Mint"? Remember how that song's guitar chart was incredibly annoying? Remember how that song consisted of nothing but constantly strumming various chords? Yeah, well this is worse.

How so? Well for starters, this song is actually more repetitive. At least with LDM there were a lot of chord changes; they were still annoying, but at least you would be changing your finger positions. This track has three notes. Yeah, three notes. Those notes are red, yellow, and orange. You will be holding one of those colors (changing colors on occasion) for the entirety of the song!

There are brief instances throughout the song where you will actually play chords, but this only occur two or three times and only last a second or two. Then it's right back into the constantly strumming notes.

How Harmonix deemed this song worthy of a Pro guitar chart is beyond me. It truly shows that Harmonix plans only to abuse the Pro guitar for the money, and not as an actual educational tool as they suggested months ago (after all, any other song this week would have been more educational than this on Pro guitar).

Would I recommend buying the song for guitar? Hell no! It's a horrible guitar song! I can't speak for the other instruments, but if you play guitar, you should avoid this like the plague. And what about the Pro chart? Well, if you really want to learn this song's guitar, then I would recommend watching a Youtube video of it. Let's face it, you're only going to be learning three frigging notes anyways, so why waste the dollar?
04.12.11 11:01am 3 Replies | Reply +10 Relevance
Wrong 'Em Boyo       Santa
Worst. Intro. EVER!

This song is incredibly annoying on guitar. First you play a fast chordgasmic intro with no beat whatsoever. Then you play the same slow beat for the remainder of the song.

Despite London Calling being a really fun guitar album with a lot of variety, this song blew.
02.01.11 11:46am 5 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
Helen Wheels      "Worse than "Need You Tonight"..." Santa
This song is the absolute worst keys song available in the game as of right now. People mocked "Need You Tonight" for being bad, when this is actually worse.

This song has 6 notes across a song that is almost 4 minutes in length. Of those 6 charted sustains, there are only 2 different notes. That's right, you only need to know 2 notes in order to FC this song!

Absolutely horrible.
12.28.10 11:12am 2 Replies | Reply +8 Relevance
Flight of the Bumblebee (Rimsky-Korsakov)       Santa
Flight of the Bumblebee is a tune that everyone has probably heard at least once. It is a very distinguishable up-beat tune. But does it translate well into a rhythm game? I think so.

First, let me start off by saying that this song is tricky. Unless you are good at HO/PO chains, this song will probably give you nightmares.

Why? Because the entire song is nothing but fast HO/PO chains. There are also little bits of fast strumming thrown in to spice it up.

I thought it was a very fun song, and I've even played it 5 times in the span of the day since it was released. However, because of its patterns throwing most inexperienced players off, I can't give it 5 stars. This song is fun... if you can handle it. If you can't then it will be the biggest pain in your ass since Satch Boogie.
05.15.10 6:08am 0 Replies | Reply +3 Relevance
Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky)       Santa
There are two main parts to this song on guitar:

The first is a series of HO/PO chains. I felt they were pretty easy, but I can see them giving newer players trouble. The chain is isolated to the green through yellow buttons, and does a little zigzag pattern between basic yellow to green POs.

The second pattern is a bunch of weird constant strumming across all the frets. While this pattern changes a lot, none of it ever feels fun. It feels more tedious and requires too much work from the player.

So basically what you have here is some fun HO/PO and some bad strumming. They end up evening themselves out to be a very mediocre song.
05.15.10 6:03am 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
I've Got Dreams to Remember       Santa
As much as I despise the drums in Let Forever Be, I can't deny that this song takes the cake for "Worst Drum Song of the Week"!

Remember "Silver" by Pixies? Remember how bad that drum chart was? This is worse. At least in "Silver", you constantly hit 2 pads and the bass pedal! You spend about 75% of this song hitting either 2 pads, or 1 pad and the pedal in the same slow "few seconds between each hit" fashion as in "Silver".

About halfway through the song, the drummer decides that he wants to mix it up and keep a constant, slow beat on the blue pad. He must have strained himself though because it only lasts for about 10 seconds and then you soon go back to the "Silver" beat.
02.16.10 12:28am 0 Replies | Reply +3 Relevance
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)       Santa
Just a constant beat. That's pretty much all it is. Not much else to really say about it.

It isn't bad, but it is too boring to consider decent. Definitely a pack for vocalists.
02.16.10 12:21am 0 Replies | Reply +4 Relevance
I'm Sick Y'all       Santa
This is probably the second best Otis Redding song, in my opinion.

To describe the chart in about one sentence: It is a 16th roll on the red pad while occasionally hitting the yellow pad.

So now you are probably thinking, "So why did you give it 3 stars? Do you just hate Otis Redding, you... you terrorist?! That sounds fun!"

First of all, no, I don't hate Otis Redding. I have a dozen or so of his songs on my old computer. I like soul, funk and blues. I also love 16th rolls on the red pad!

The problem with this song comes from its speed. The roll is really slow and too "dumbed down" to be that fun. The roll still provides some enjoyment, but not too much. The chart definitely shows that the drummer is supposed to be keeping the rhythm in the song. Never once do you feel that great playing the roll. Therefore, it is only a decent roll.

If you are new to expert, I'd definitely recommend the song because of the roll's speed. It can probably help you get better at 16th rolls.
02.16.10 12:12am 0 Replies | Reply +7 Relevance
Weightless       Santa
Definitely the best song this week. The first thing that I have to say is that the song has a lot of variety! The beat changes many times throughout the song, and makes the whole song a blast to play!

The beat starts off with that "Holiday In Cambodia" type of beat, where you are constantly alternating between pads and pedal. It seems awkward when you first start playing it, but it becomes really fun.

The beat then changes to a slower beat of double bass/crash cymbal/snare drum. The drummer keeps throwing in "mini-fills" where he will change what he is doing for a few notes, and it feels awesome. Then the song goes into a break with bass/green without the snare.

The next verse is a constant beat on the hi-hat and snare. It may sound boring, but the snare and bass pedals are thrown in at different places and there are hi-hat rolls every now and then.

The beat then changes again to a pattern of double bass/hi-hat followed by both the hi-hat and snare. It's only like this for about 20 seconds though, as it soon goes back to the green/bass/snare pattern for the second chorus. It continues this beat for a little bit, adding in the "mini-fills", some more bass, and some rolls. The song then turns to about 10 seconds on alternating between pads and pedal before coming to the break.

...then cymbal roll and BAM! Back to the chorus beat again, with fills, rolls and all! It pretty much keeps this beat for the remainder of the song.

The song isn't fast or overly complicated, but it sure as hell is fun! It has more than enough variety to keep you interested. If you were to pick up only one song this week, I would definitely recommend this for the drummers.
02.15.10 11:53pm 0 Replies | Reply +3 Relevance
Stray Cat Strut       Santa
Stray Cat Strut is a fairly mediocre song on drums. It isn't anything bad, but it isn't anything good. The only important thing worth noting is that this is the first song in Rock Band with the "Jazz" genre.

And that pretty much describes the song. It is just a jazzy beat that you carry on the blue pad. There are a couple of slower snare rolls, but for the most part the song's chart is just... well, jazz.
02.15.10 11:38pm 0 Replies | Reply +3 Relevance
Love Man       Santa
The best drum song in the pack, and it still isn't that great.

It is just a basic beat with a couple of drum rolls thrown in. This is one of those songs where the basic beat isn't boring, but it isn't exciting either. Overall, it's a pretty average song from a pretty disappointing pack (sorry Otis fans, but the pack blows on the instruments, and according to our singer, vocals as well).
02.15.10 11:19pm 0 Replies | Reply +3 Relevance
Fascination       Santa
While I may feel that Fascination isn't a good song, I still enjoyed its drum chart. There are two main components to the chart:

-A faster constant beat on the green pad

-A slower beat on the yellow with bass between the notes

The song changes between the beats enough times to keep it fresh, and both beats are actually fun to play individually. While the song isn't perfect, it was still one of the funnest songs to be released today.
02.15.10 11:00pm 0 Replies | Reply +2 Relevance
Let Forever Be       Santa
[Played to "Let Forever Be"]

*different-looking drum beat starts*
How does it feel like, to play the same old beat?
And how does it feeeeeeel like, to watch that chart repeat?
How does it feel like, to play Let Forever Be?
And hooooow does it feeeeel like, to spend the entire song-time playing the same damn beeeeeeaat?
Same damn beeeeeeaat!

*same drum beat continues*
How does it feel like, to play some god damn beat?
And hooooow does it feeeeel like, to spend the entire song-time playing the same damn beeeeeeaat?
Please kill meeeeeee!

*exact same drum beat continues*
How does it feel like, to steal Tomorrow Never Knows?
And how does it feeeeel like, to know the drum chart blows?
How does it feel like, to play Let Forever Be?
And hooooow does it feeeeel like, to spend the entire song-time playing the same damn beeeeeeaat?
Float down streeeeeam!

*drum beat still hasn't changed*
How does it feel like, for the beat to never end?
And hooooow does it feeeeel like, to spend the entire song-time playing the same damn beeeeeeaat?
It doesn't change for meeeeee!

*same drum beat plays until song ends*
02.15.10 10:51pm 4 Replies | Reply +5 Relevance
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