Jeffree Star – “Beauty Killer”

Jeffree Star – Beauty Killer

It seems like if you mention the name Jeffree Star, nine times out of ten you’ll get someone who only knows about the aesthetic appearance but nothing about any of the music he has managed to release over the past couple years. You can’t really blame them though, because if

Beauty Killer is the best Star can muster for a debut album then perhaps he should consider sticking with the clothing lines and makeup for the time being. Case in point, this album bombs huge with unappealing lyricism that comes across like an inside joke, and the melodies contained in said songs get stale and boring too quickly to carry the tunes.
Mixing elements of the dance and rock in an attempt to get your heading bobbing, hips shaking or toes tapping isn’t the problem to be honest. At first listen, Star makes enough reasonable beats to keep your attention through most of the tracks. However, after one or two listens, things just seem boring. Even Matt Skiba can’t save “Louis Vuitton Body Bag,” which heavily pours on the distorted guitars at various points. Each song basically follows the same formula of intro, verse, chorus and repeat, only rarely straying from that ordering of elements. Strangely the only track that really sticks out is “Fame & Riches, Rehab Bitches,” a track anchored by dance-screamo kids Breathe Carolina. If the only thing memorable about a record is a track where you have someone else do a bulk of the vocals, shouldn’t that say something about what you are doing?
Lyrically, this album is atrocious. Whether Star is talking about his own vanity or about a Louis Vuitton body bag, nothing comes across seriously—especially when you consider the cookie-cutter beats backing his self-absorbed lyricism. I mean seriously… what kind of lyrics are “Stab you with scissors and let’s hold hands / Blew out my birthday candles wished that you were dead” anyways? Take that into account with Star’s rather boring delivery and there just isn’t anything worthwhile.
Maybe I just don’t get it. Maybe there are droves of people out there that understand and appreciate this genre. But at least some people in the bubbling dance genre can write decent beats (3OH!3, whose Nathaniel Motte actually produces a couple tracks on this album) and not end up boring you to death. Seriously, we can all do better.
[By: Jason Gardner]
Rating: 1/5
Release Date: September 22, 2009

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