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Type-O-Negative: The Least Worst Of

The 2000 release of The Least Worst Of would be an interesting collection for the existing fans of Type-O-Negative. It's existence defied the conventions of a typical "hits" package as the band was never considered a hit-maker by any standards and they only received a small amount of airplay on stations catering to Heavy Rock or Metal. The legion of followers however was the type of audience that would support the shows and purchase anything that the band released. Based on this demographic it did not seem prudent to be issuing an album full of songs that they already had; the chance was that this would remain unsold on the shelves. The answer to this would be the decision to include alternate versions of the songs they had heard as well as a couple of songs that were unreleased and very simply this allowed the album to work on a number of levels. Given "Misinterpretation" is dead air; the time could have been better used by one of the sound effect lead-ins that the band has been known to do, but otherwise the music truly begins with "Everyone I Love Is Dead". Joining it would be "Everything Dies" also from the amazing World Coming Down album and the better of the two tracks. "Unsuccessfully Coping" is the earliest track representation of the band, and of course the most raw and in your face both sonically and verbally. The song holds a strong resemblance to the sound of Peter's previous band Carnivore. From there the other albums receive a decent showing with the most popular tracks of October Rust appearing (Love You To Death and My Girlfriends Girlfriend) while "Cinnamon Girl" receives an almost industrial makeover. "Hey Pete" is a fun re-do of the Hendrix classic but seems out of place from the faux live album that it originally appeared on. The three unreleased tracks are good with "Stay Out Of My Dreams" and "12 Black Rainbows" having the most impact of the lot, we also are treated to a far darker version of the Black Sabbath track "Black Sabbath". Peter's voice and lyrical context will send shivers down your spine as you listen. Time restrictions caused the band's biggest number "Christian Woman" to be limited to the single 3.30 minutes version, which is a shame if you ask me.

The new and different inclusions make this a good purchase for existing fans, but a great thing for those that want a wide variety of what the band has done across their career. Type-O-Negative has a larger appeal than you might imagine, and the music is very imaginative while the lyrics often thought provoking. There is also a strong dark sense of humor in a lot of the bands work and this cynicism and quick wit makes them one of the more interesting bands to appear on the Metal world. Wrapped in a digipak case there are some cool photos and liner notes to review.

Track Listing
1. Misinterpretation Of Silence & It's Disastrous Consequences
2. Everyone I Love Is Dead
3. Black No. 1
4. It's Never Enough
5. Love You To Death
6. Black Sabbath Satanic ver
7. Christian Woman - single
8. 12 Black Rainbows
9. My Girlfriend's Girlfriend
10. Hey Pete
11. Everything Dies
12. Cinnamon Girl alt ver
13. Unsuccessfully Coping With The Natural Beauty Of Infidelity
14. Stay Out Of My Dreams

Added: May 14th 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Type O Negative Website
Hits: 2794
Language: english

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