Here’s this weeks review and playthrough for the Flock of Seagulls and Billy Squier 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 ($0.99).
Review is after the jump.
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
Guitar was WAY more enjoyable than I was expecting! It starts out with the seagull noises, which provide a bunch of HOPOs that can be tough to nail. Then the part goes to the main riff, which features some alt-strumming combined with notes on different frets. Before each of the solos, there’s some fairly fast alt-strumming you should watch out for. All in all, the part is great fun, and you should pick this up.
Bass starts out with something we haven’t seen in a while; strum lanes! The whole song is very easy, but the strum lanes might break your FC. The bass plays the exact same thing up until the end, and while that can get a bit boring after a while, the part is still kind of fun. If you’re a bassist, and you like the song, pick it up!
Drums are simple enough. It’s got the same pattern that most New Wave songs have, but with some slight variations thrown in to keep it interesting enough. It’s a good drum part for beginners.
I don’t know how many people here have seen the music video for this song, but outside of its cheesiness, one thing always stuck in my memory; The Keyboard Player. More specifically, The Keyboard Player just working that one key throughout the whole song. Because of that, when this song was announced for Rock Band, I wasn’t expecting much, and boy was I right! The whole part is just a bunch of long sustains. Avoid if possible.
Vocals,at least for me, were quite easy. There isn’t much differentiation in the pitch throughout the whole thing. Harmonies were quite lacking. I was able to get all Double Awesomes just signing in to two microphones.
This song would be fun on Blitz, if it weren’t for the keys. The whole part is just long sustains that will make it quite hard to level. The seagull noises on Guitar at the beginning, however, are a blast to play. Super Bass is the best instrument here, although there are two guitar solos, so Super Guitar would also work well here.
Billy Squier – The Stroke (Pro)
Guitar was pretty easy. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun though! It’s almost entirely made up of chords, so if you’re not good at them (although if you’re playing on Expert, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be. I don’t know if the other difficulties are as chordy), avoid this song. There isn’t much else that’s notable, however. It’s an OK guitar part, that is fun in parts.
Bass was pretty much identical to guitar, except for the fact that there aren’t any chords. It’s still fun to play, and once again, if you like playing bass, and you’re a fan of this song, then you should pick it up!
Drums were incredibly easy. Most of the song is just a simple rock beat, and the rest of it it just Kick/Space/Snare-Tom. The only bit that presented any sort of difficulty was the snare roll section toward the end. If it weren’t for that (and missing a couple vocal phrases), I’d have an OMBFC of this song.
I always thought that this keys part was bass. The part is very boring. The “keys” only come in during the chorus, where they play a couple notes, then stop until the next chorus. The only time there is any bit of change is when the bridge comes in, and you play another boring riff, but at least this one actually sounds like a keyboard.
Vocals are deceptively challenging. As someone who knows and loves this song a lot, I was expecting to just sit down, sing it, and FC it. I was completely wrong. Filled with loads of difficult pitches, this song should challenge all but the best.
This song doesn’t work that well in Blitz. The big problem with this song is that it’s full of empty sections. Bass is going to be a pain to level in certain sections. If you’re looking to get loads of points, Super Drums is your best bet.
Billy Squier – Everyone Wants You
This is probably the best guitar part of the week. Filled with quick chord HOPOs, and an incredibly fun riff, this song is a delight for all the guitarists out there, and I strongly recommend getting this!
This is also the best bass of the week. It’s got a great riff that goes throughout the song, doubling up the guitar part. If you’re a bassist, you should get this song without hesitation.
Drums, like the other songs this week, were very easy. Once again, most of the song was a standard rock beat. While I found I Ran had a stronger drum part, I definitely had more fun with this one! Once again, this part is great for beginners, and drummers looking for a song to cool down with.
Definitely the hardest keys part of the week. It’s not hard by any stretch of the imagination, in fact, most of it even verges on boredom. The middle, for a bit, and the entire outro, however, feature this cool little pattern between the blue and green keys. It’s not hard at all, but it breaks up the mind numbing boredom of the rest.
Given the fact that I don’t know this song at all (although I do dig it now), I was surprised with how I did on vocals. It’s not that hard of a song to sing, although I did find there were certain bits that gave me trouble. It was a very fun song to sing, and I highly recommend it.
This song is actually pretty fun in Blitz. The main problem with this song is the keys for the majority of the song. Most of the time, they’re just long sustains, making it difficult to level. Toward the end, however, they start to pick up and become fun in Blitz. Super Guitar is your nest bet for this song.
Pick of the week: Everybody Wants You
What should you buy: Everything