Hoodie Allen released Americoustic last night at the stroke of midnight and its already flown up to #4 overall on iTunes. That’s an impressive showing for any non-label artist, particularly one who is releasing a re-working of several tracks and only one new song on the album. The Hoodie Mob is faithful, and unlike the majority of music aficionados and obsessives, they actually bother to put their money their
mouths ears are. There’s a lesson we could all learn there. Did I mention they could easily get the entire album for free from Hoodie Allen himself yet chose to pay? That’s loyalty (or fanaticism, depending on your perspective).
In the process of working on his debut album, Hoodie decided it’d be a neat exercise to take some of his most popular tracks and rework them acoustically. We’ve heard the new “No Interruption”, along with “Two Lips”, ahead of last night’s release. Hoodie Allen re-envisioned them as slightly more heartfelt, almost ballad-like songs, which sounded pretty spectacular for the radio but didn’t resonate with me personally. On the other hand, tons of folks are in love with it – you don’t get to #4 without striking a chord with a goodly number of citizens.
My main interest in Hoodie Allen’s latest album lay in the single new track he included on the back-end of the album (well, mostly new, its been performed live before as far as I know). Its titled “Same As Before” and features Jared Evan whom you may recognize from some previous work with Hoodie if nothing else. Initially, I can’t recall any track by the rapper going in so hard with a crunchy guitar – the riff in this thing would be right at home in the days of my youth, serving as a backdrop to any number of pop punk bands such as Blink 182 or the like. Some of you might be turned off by that, but I find it an intriguing touch and love the late 90’s/early 00’s callback. I remain in steadfast denial that I am old enough for something to be in style, go out of style, and then be brought back in 2013…but hey, here we are. Welcome to middle age, blogger dude.
As he’s grown into his transition from Google to rapper, Mr. Allen has became more and more confident on the mic. The content revolves around mostly vintage Hoodie Allen, but his comfort level is evident. Everything is much more even-keeled, more fluid, it flows better with every release. Hoodie Allen might not be for you anymore, or may never have been. I suspect he didn’t make this EP with folks like you and me in mind anyway. I’d suggest getting over it. He’s not going anywhere but forward.