Well, this is it. My first review of a bass line, or anything for that matter. Anyway...
E-Pro by Beck. Half Empty, Half Filler
I would be lying if I said that I didn't love this song. In fact the main reason why I've played this song so many times is because I've watched the music video so much, that I couldn't stay away from it. I would give the song itself gold stars due to the catchy and power-filled nature of the song, however I'm not here to talk about my favorite songs. I'm here to talk about the playability and overall "fun factor" of the bass line.
The two issues I have with this song's bass line are as follows:
It's kind of hard describing a song's playability if nothing is happening, and unfortunately this song is a prime example of that. During half of this song's playthrough (namely the intro, outro and verses), I was blatantly staring at my screen waiting for notes. I'd understand if this happened once or twice due to a solo, but that never happens. Setting the mood is one thing, but it's something entirely different to keep the player at bay, waiting for anything to happen.
Now to be fair, this song is already repetitive no matter which instrument you play. A quick listen of the chorus will persuade anyone to think the same. There is a problem that both guitar and bass share however, and that problem is that you play the exact same riff over and over again. Admittedly, the problem isn't as bad on bass as it is on guitar, because the rhythm in which you strum changes slightly (compared to guitar which has no changes added to it's riff whatsoever), however this problem is just as noticeable. This isn't to say that the riff you play isn't fun, which it is. Both the bass, and guitar are what give this song it's edge and intimidating sound. At the end of the day however, it just feels like I'm playing guitar in a much lower key.
In conclusion, I wanted to give this song a high grade, but sadly this bass line is just a little too repetitive to enjoy as a stand alone instrument. if you're a bassist who's new to Rock Band 3 and are thinking of buying the Rock Band 2 export pack, I would include this song with the others ONLY if you're a fan of the song. If not, I suggest keeping this song off your list.
I give E-Pro by Beck 2 out of 5 stars.