Here’s this weeks review and playthrough for the Cutting Crew, Hoobastank and Whitesnake DLC. Included below are playthrough videos of the DLC from the always awesome thenewnoelisoncruz. Definitely check out and subscribe to his YouTube channel!
All tracks are 160 MSP ($1.99). Pro Guitar/Bass charts are noted below where applicable, and can be purchased for an additional 80 MSP ($O.99).
Also, just before I start, my microphone isn’t with me this week so I won’t be able to do a review of the vocals and harmonies. Sorry about that.
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms (Pro)
When it was announced that this song would be getting the Pro Guitar upgrade, I, along with a lot of other people, went “Huh? They chose this song over Still of the Night to get Pro?” When I went to play the guitar part, I don’t know what it was, but something about this part was tough to nail. It could be coming from one of its 2 solos, or it could just be coming from its HOPO happy guitar lick. Then again, I’m also playing this at a different place than I usually play at, so it could just be me not being used to the TV and guitar I’m using. That said, the part was surprisingly fun, but I’m still unsure of why this got the part instead of Still of the Night.
New Wave songs have typically had awesome bass parts, but this part just reeks of boredom. There are very few times during this song where the bass does more than just two consecutive sustains on one fret before moving to two consecutive sustains on another fret. There are a few parts of the song that throw some moderately paced strums and HOPOs at you, but for the most part, the song is quite boring to play.
Keys on the other hand, are fun to play. Especially if you’re trying to help your fingers learn how to change between chords. A lot of this song is chords, and some difficult ones at that, but fortunately, the song isn’t that fast paced, so while you may not hit the GRO chord the first time, you might be able to get it the next couple of times it comes up.
Drums are very, very basic. The part consists almost solely of a basic beat, with only one fill thrown in to the mix. A great song for beginners, but seasoned drummers might get bored.
Hoobastank – Crawling in the Dark
The guitar part starts out with a recurring series of HOPOs that take you all over the fretboard. Then comes the chorus where it goes all out chord fest, throwing in some three-note chords, some Green/Orange chords, and a bunch of chords that are a lot more common to see. There are some changes to this patter that come up at certain points through the song, mostly where the chords become quick gallops, but outside of that, the pattern is mostly the same. Luckily, it’s a fun one to play!
Bass was actually pretty good. The majority of the song is just alt-strumming, with the occasional Hammer-On or Pull-Off thrown in for good measure. Take that, repeat it for the length of the song, and you’ve got your Crawling in the Dark bass part!
This is probably the most enjoyable drum song of the week. Featuring loads of challenging bass drum patterns, along with quite a few fills to keep you on your toes, this song is sure to be a hit to the more seasoned drummers looking for something that they might not be able to FC first try!
Whitesnake – Still of the Night
This guitar part is easily the best guitar part released all week, from its amazing riff consisting of HOPOs that go all over the fretboard, to a great alt-strumming section alternating Green and Orange notes. Then after playing this part a few times, there is a little bridge that doesn’t feature too much playing from the guitarist. After that section, there is a solo that, while it may not challenge a seasoned guitarist that much, it’s sure to keep the average player on their toes. After this solo, it goes back to the main riff until the end of the song.
The bass here is probably the best bass part of the year, and if it weren’t for the Red Hot Chili Peppers songs that came out last year, I’d even dare to give this song the best bass since RB3 came out. The bass has everything that made the guitar great, from the awesome riff to a pretty cool solo thrown in! Like the guitar, the bass mostly plays the riff consisting of HOPOs taking you across the fretboard followed by the alt-strumming between the Green and Orange frets. This plays out for another couple of minutes before going to the bridge section. After the bridge section, you go back to playing the main riff before going in to a bass solo that is WAY more fun than the solo on its six-stringed counterpart!
Keys, like bass, mirrors the guitar quite a bit. The largest chunk of the song is the riff that starts off with a series of notes that take you all over the keyboard, followed by a quick series of green and orange notes. This continues for a couple minutes before going in to a bridge. Sound familiar? During the bridge is when the keys solo starts. Not much to this solo, just some notes ascending and descending across the keys. Once this finishes, it goes right back in to the riff until the song ends.
Drums are surprisingly difficult. What starts out very easy, becomes quite difficult toward the end when there’s some really interesting stuff going on between the bass drums and the toms and cymbals. The whole thing is very fun!
Pick of the week: Still of the Night
What should you buy: Everything