In any event, a full 90 percent of you will run screaming from this disc within 15 seconds; the remaining 10 percent will show up at every gig. This record's not for everyone. "Never Let It Go" devolves into a series of tortured, screaming fake endings, and the rap-metal bits on the album don't work at all. We're informed during "Episode 29" that Mushroomhead is indeed "representin'," though who or what is being represented remains unclear. But the rest? Splendid. The classical-piano-meets-metal approach of "The Wrist" works well, and straight-ahead art-metal tunes such as "Bwomp" and "Before I Die" nearly make up for the lack of visual perversity. XX is a fine testament to Mushroomhead's growing skill and popularity. Now go see 'em live.
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