Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Guided Tour of Riot Act: Get Right

(A Guided Tour of Riot Act)
GET RIGHT

If Get Right was a b-side I’d like it a lot more. It’s got a fun, crunchy rhythm and it’s an enjoyable song with nothing at stake. Nothing particularly memorable, but nothing really insipid either and because it aspires to nothing it can’t be held accountable for its failure to get there. 

 Having said that, Get Right has no business being on Riot Act. Perhaps they justified the song as a moment of levity or to serve as a breather, but You Are is not nearly as emotionally draining as a song like Thumbing My Way, and Green Disease has enough false sunshine in it to have served that purpose equally well. I’m not going to even try to argue that the song is there to serve as an inward retreat/escape (when your whole world collapses what is there left for you to do except get high) since the lyrics are terrible and I’m not inclined to give Matt Cameron the benefit of the doubt on this one. This is no Severed Hand. All Get Right does is disrupt the emotional narrative of the record. It’s a momentum killer, and given the fact that Riot Act is probably too long to begin with (too many songs anyway) I just can’t defend the presence of Get Right anywhere on it. This song’s inclusion was a conceptual mistake, and the record suffers for it.


OTHER SONGS IN THIS SERIES: 
Can't Keep 
Save You 
Love Boat Captain 
Cropduster 
Ghost 
 I Am Mine 
Thumbing My Way 
You Are 
Get Right 
Green Disease 
Help Help 
Bu$hleaguer 
1/2 Full 
Arc 
All Or None 


OTHER GUIDED TOUR SERIES: 
Vs. 
Vitalogy
Binaural 
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