Travie and the Gym Class Heroes are back doing what they do better than most, blending rock,rap,and pop. "II" is their first album since 2008's "The Quilt". Travie McCoy (lead vocalist/rapper) went solo for a few years, put out a somewhat successful album "Lazerus" (you may remember the hit single "Billionaire"). I honestly hadn't heard much of Gym Class Heroes until now, besides their hit single "Cupid's Chokehold" which was from the 2006 album "As Cruel As School Children".
Some of my favorite songs off the new album are "Stereo Hearts" which features Adam Levine and was a huge on the Billboard hot 100, peaking at #4. Other favorites are "Kid Nothing and the Never Ending Nightmare" (which is a very long song and the last on the album, it blends screaming,rapping,and pop), "Holy Horseshit Batman" (possibly my favorite on the album), "Ass Back Home" (feat. Neon Hitch), "Martyrial Girl$" and "The Fighter" featuring Ryan Tedder of One Republic (probably the second best on the album).
As for lyrical content, its nothing revolutionary, Travie writes about girls, parties, the tough situations that life throws at us, etc. It's not horrible, and their catchy. At least its not as bad as Kesha's lyrics!!
The replay factor is moderate to high for this album. I find myself wanting to listen to the album as a whole,instead of just a track here and there, although the tracks are good to listen to independently as well.
Overall, the album is fun, enjoyable, upbeat at times, and solemn and serious at points as well. It blends genre's well, and is well produced, and i compliment the members of the band for doing a good job on each instrument. It sounds nice, fresh, and overall i give the album a 90/100.
More reviews to come guys! Sorry it took so long to post a new blog, I haven't had time until now, I've been moving into my new apartment! I will be posting more often now, but until next time guys,follow the blog,subscribe here and to my youtube channel! Peace guys!