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Cheer Up!

31 Mar. 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 31 Mar. 2004
  • Label: Mojo Records
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  • Total Length: 1:07:20
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  • ASIN: B001UWRHIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,179 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "swampmangirl" on 3 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Superb. I'm not a particular fan of ska really, but I have to say this is very, very, very good. And it's very appropriately titled, I can't help but smile when I whack this in my stereo.
The band picked a gem of an opener in "Good Thing", for aaaaages this was my favourite song and it's just so good! Everything about it makes you smile, the vocal harmonies are flawless, it's one of those songs that you love, but you're not really sure why. There isn't anything special about it when you break it all down, but as a song with everything together, it gives you a great feeling. Even my mom likes this song! The first 5 tracks are great ska, but not conventional ska at all. You won't find any upstrokes on the top three strings off the beat - the trademark ska style. RBF have really broken the mould with the opening 5 tracks. I love the inventiveness of the songs, really well done guys.
Tracks 6 through 8 revert back the usual ska structure, but they're still very good. If you're a hardcore ska fan, you'll appreciate these tracks, but if you don't really like ska-by-numbers, skip the tracks, you've still got some killer tracks to come.
It all goes very experimental after track 8. Tributes to different people that have nothing to do with ska pop up in "Rock 'N Roll is Bitchin'" (one for the Kiss fans) and a superb a cappella version of "New York, New York". More inventive ska in "Dateless Losers" - a particular favourite of mine, and "Valerie". Also, "Brand New Hero" (completely stealing the riff out of "By The Way" by the Chili Peppers and shifting up the neck of the guitar slightly) shows us that RBF have taken ska to another level.
The real quality of this record lies in the creativity of the Fish in largely ignoring conventional ska methods and techniques, and blown open the possibilities for ska bands - if these guys can fuse together good-time rock 'n roll with chirpy ska, then everyone should start doing it too. Buy it, you won't regret it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "mister_jon" on 12 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
On my first play of 'Cheer Up!', I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed with it... but then I listened to it again, and again, and again, and again. While the album perhaps marks a move away from ska/punk towards plain old rock (only with the addition of a horn section), it still has that certain charm about it that could only come from the Fish. The opening track 'Good Thing' is a solid rock tune, along with the likes of 'Where Have You Been?'(the first single from this album)), 'Valerie', 'Brand New Hero'.
'Ban The Tube Top', 'Suckers', 'A Little Doubt Goes A Long Way' and 'Kiss Me Deadly' are all songs in the traditional RBF style, while a vocals-only (plus human percussion) version of 'New York, New York', and the almost ballad-like 'Drunk Again' provide something that little bit different.
All in all, some great thumping tunes and some excellent trumpet playing come together to make this ANOTHER great Reel Big Fish album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. D. Allin on 20 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
What a truly outstanding album this is. I have had this record for over two years now and it still sounds as fresh,exciting and uplifting as the day I bought it and is still a regular fixture on my CD player. And to think that based on the advice of several RBF fans, I very nearly didn't buy it! Ignore the people that don't want a band to stretch and grow, and the too-cool-for-school elitists that accuse them of selling out and just enjoy the band's best music to date.
This album is full of energy, catchy hooks and great melodies. Highlights include the wonderfully sarcastic title track, "I Think Somebody Loved Me Once" with it's beautiful intro that gives way to a wonderful brass and guitar stomp, the haunting "Where Have You Been?" & the excellent "A Little Doubt Goes A Long Way" which comes complete with a snatch of Paul Simon's Gracelands album and it's own insanely addictive refrain.
Buy this album now as if you like;punk,ska,pop and/or rock there is something for you in this modern classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ska baby on 18 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album was bound to offend someone but the fish have proved they are probably the best band to come out of the new wave scene, rising above bands such as Less Than Jake with intelligent riffs, rocking solos and that RBF sound.
At first listen it may seem that RBF have abandoned their sound choosing punk over ska but listen to it hard and you'll realise that this is no money making cop-out, RBF have become more than a OC ska band but a talented melodic outfit.
The title track is a song anyone can relate to with a fantastic drum beat showing that Carlos is at home driving out those RBF beats, and anthem chorus.
Other tracks such as 'Sayonara Senorita' and 'Good Thing' are definatly the soundtrack to a ska'd up summer. Although this is a much punkier CD the fish keep it 'reel', paying respects to Sublime with an incredible version of 'Boss DJ'. Scott gets a chance to show off his vocal talent in 'Drunk again'. Proving there is more to this band that girls and being famous, and exposing the insecure side of the fish.
The single 'Where have you been?' is an amazing punk song in its own right and keeps to the lyrical style of songs such as 'Beer'. RBF haven't dropped their horn section and it shows that losing Grant and gaining Tyler has not made any lasting damage. The vocals on this CD blew me away with Aaron and Scott's harmonies and a barbershop quartet style version 'New York, New York' show RBF are not afraid to experiment with new styles.
If you want to hear an album of ska, punk and classic RBF then this is it! Don't write off this CD give it a chance! I promise you won't be disapointed.
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