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In the notes, Jaret tells everyone that he hopes the new album brightens up your day and many days to come. If anyone had heard the new single 1985, then this album will make everyone raise a smile or have a chuckle. The opening song Almost has a very Simple Plan type riff at the start but its so hooky you know this is not Simple Plan.
The lyrics here are also very funny, Reddick knows how to write songs that can be related to yet he can poke fun at them, like Ohio which is about wanting a girl to stay in the Lonestar State with the line (The mexican food sucks north of here anyway) or turning a broken down relationship into a boxing match (Down For The Count) or listing all the bad things that happen to you as a kid on the bonus track Somebody Get My Mum.
The music as well is really great, lyrics aside, Bowling For Soup know how to rock, couple of acoustics pop up on My Hometown and Friends O' Mine, while the pogo bounce guitars on Shut Up And Smile sound great when singing "all we need is love and beer".
The remaining tracks are a jam in a studio using the Ohio tune with hilarious results and not forgeting the new version of Belgium. Surely this album has enough on it?! Hell yeah it does and buy it now!
I just get the terrible feeleing that B4S are destined to be too intelligent and quirky for 'the kids' to appreciate and will probably never have the chance to reach an audience that will appreciate how good they are and will end up only being loved by the lucky few, like other great bands like Jellyfish and Enuff Znuff.
I dearly hope I'm wrong! Roll on the next album and their next UK tour. I can't wait!
Funny, happy and just brilliant. Original songs like two-seater, shut up and smile and down for the count are to name a few of their best. With great rhymes and feel good tunes, this is definately a must have album. Jaret's amazing voice, the fantastic harmonies and the catchy music are just a few qualities to rave about. Believe me, you will not regret purchasing this album.
Its a long album, but BFS dont disappoint in any songs whatsoever, from the slow ballad-type songs like 'A-hole' to the all out power pop punkexplosion of 'Ohio (come back to texas)'
this album is garuanteed to put a smile on any face. with its combination of great songwriting and catchy tunes that could make even a statue dance, BUY THIS ALBUM, you WILL NOT regret it