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Old 01-18-2016, 07:24 PM
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Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What! - January 19, 1988

Following up a genre-defining masterpiece like Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? is no small task. Given the fact that the band would go through a 50% member turnover ups the ante even more. Then, add the fact that the band's chief (only?) songwriter was languishing in a world of drug abuse and things are starting to look kind of bleak.

Megadeth's third full length starts off with whichever word you'd like to use that does not mean bleak. "Into the Lungs of Hell" is a fantastic instrumental opener -- probably one of the best of its kind ever made. It leads into the riff-gasm that is "Set the World Afire", which is among the best Mr. Mustaine has ever penned. Talk about a 1-2 punch. It's starting to look like Dave and Dave Jr. are going "Chris who?" and "Gar? What the fuck is a Gar?" Then shit starts to get weird.

The obligatory WTF cover song serves as track number three here, and while "Anarchy in the UK" is the best of the awful early Megadeth album ruining cover songs, it's placed in the worst spot. It's way too high in the album, and it really, REALLY fucks up the flow here. "Mary Jane" would sound kind of cool -- almost needed after the skullfucking that the first two tracks provide, but instead it just sounds like a weird, hazy mid-paced return to the land of Daves. After that, we get "502", which is a decent thrasher but is marred by ridiculously stupid lyrics. Then, there's the Burton-inspired "In My Darkest Hour", which is heartfelt but mostly just OK even though there are some totally twisted riffs in there. The last two tracks get the album back on track as they mostly just thrash angrily and efficiently but it feels as if it might be a little too late.

Even with all the idiotic shit Mustaine would pull in the mid-90's and beyond, this album may go down as the biggest failure the band ever produced. To follow an album as aggressive, raw and brilliant as Peace Sells with such a muddled and obviously drug-addled display is unfortunate. The album still treads water above the also-rans of the day mostly because Mustaine's (and to a lesser extent, Ellefson's) pedigree is so elite. The first two tracks at least let you know that there is hope yet, and because of the benefit of hindsight, we know that that hope was not ill-placed.

Standouts: Set the World Afire, Into the Lungs of Hell, Liar

Score: 7.5/10
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I seem to be the only person who likes the cover of Anarchy In The UK. I guess I can understand why you think its derailing. Especially since that's exactly how I feel about Fabulous Disaster after the cover of Low Rider.

I used to think this was the second best 'Deth album after RIP, but the greatness of Peace Sells just can't be denied.

I have to draw the line on "biggest failure" though. No way did this fail more than Risk.
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I seem to be the only person who likes the cover of Anarchy In The UK. I guess I can understand why you think its derailing. Especially since that's exactly how I feel about Fabulous Disaster after the cover of Low Rider.

I used to think this was the second best 'Deth album after RIP, but the greatness of Peace Sells just can't be denied.

I have to draw the line on "biggest failure" though. No way did this fail more than Risk.
Haha fair enough. Probably a little hyperbole there, but I was in the moment. Also, if you've been paying attention, I feel like that about almost any cover that's not at the very end of an album.
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Great review of So Far So Good So What. Extremely disappointing album although I would place Hook In Mouth over Liar for highlights, I always did like that song. If you pretend Youthanasia was Megadeth's last release as I do, I would say So Far So Good So What is their biggest failure. Thank God he finally ditched the cover songs for Rust in Peace.
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I have a soft spot for this album - perhaps because it was the first Megadeth tour I attended. And I also love 'Hook in Mouth.' I suppose the lyrics seem a bit dated these days, but when taken in context at the time it was written it packs a bit more punch. We metalheads, really REALLY hated Tipper Gore and the whole PMRC movement. She and her crew were a bunch of assholes and their attempts to regulate (mostly) metal music seemed to be a real threat at the time. Fuck her and her husband. Mustaine made better albums after this one, but he also made a whole bunch of worse ones as well.
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I have a soft spot for this album - perhaps because it was the first Megadeth tour I attended. And I also love 'Hook in Mouth.' I suppose the lyrics seem a bit dated these days, but when taken in context at the time it was written it packs a bit more punch. We metalheads, really REALLY hated Tipper Gore and the whole PMRC movement. She and her crew were a bunch of assholes and their attempts to regulate (mostly) metal music seemed to be a real threat at the time. Fuck her and her husband. Mustaine made better albums after this one, but he also made a whole bunch of worse ones as well.
It's a little dated because of the organization in question, but the idea of a group of people trying to censor everything to suit their purposes will always be a threat. (I suppose he could change it too "As long as there's a Damn F C C!")
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