There is no lack to a radio-friendly sound that is only punctuated by a high about of profanity. The Nillaz comes through on their self-titled track with a sound that closely approximates the Kottonmouth Kings, the Insane Clown Posse and Fall Guy. “Home Wrecker” verifies this with a vocal flow that is almost indinguishable from Violent J’s style, and the eighties-reminiscent backing beat that was increasingly present on the later ICP album. Subject matters are embarrassingly bad, ranging from a much-too-long discussion of how to do a double decker (Home Wrecker) to an entire song based on the “Sally sells seashells” tongue-twister.
The instrumentation does tend to recoup some of the band’s cred even if it is not too tremendously skilled or original; the shrill guitars present on “Hump Hump”reminds individuals of the Fall Guy remixes of Eminem tracks. Trying to recall the screamed-out vocals of Lil Jon during “Burners”, what results is something that ends up annoying instead of working well in the context of the track. There are some flows that do impress; on random tracks there comes into prominence a type of flow that approximates Bone Thugs closely; the speed may not be there but the sound is similar. Further tracks show The Nillaz as an act that is trying desperately to find a hit, moving through different styles quickly.
For example, “Scratch” begins as a track tremendously closely to the sound of Outkast’s recent classic “They Way You Move” before sliding back into the Kottonmouth Kings/Bone Thugs still. “Bananas” is yet another track that tries to push forward something embarrassing as “hard”; like titular relation “Hollaback Girl” the track mixes “bananas” with a hooky chorus that just does not work. By the time that “Gamblin’ Man”, I really start to wonder if The Nillaz are a serious band; there is self-parody in droves on this disc that is only found in those fuck-around bands (Me First And The Gimme Gimmes) that consist of people that have already made it. As an serious act, the style of “Home Wrecker” is sufficiently poor and weakly developed that the band should go back to the studio for a few more years before coming out with something more serious. You remember the video for “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)”? The Nillaz are at least as over-the-top as the individual in the video, and with “Home Wreckers” deserve as much ridicule.
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The Nillaz – Home Wrecker / 2005 Placeholder / 10 Tracks / http://www.thenillaz.com / http://www.placeholderrecords.com / Reviewed 30 October 2005