In this fickle world of disposable plastic pop some of which seems like it is designed to last barely the duration of the song itself, it is heartening to discover a band like the Flobots. No overnight sensation they are probably the most unexpected phenomenon of the year.
Put simply the band use a rap-metal formula but there's banjos, horns, sweet female backing vocals, and cellos on it... It shouldn't work, but it does to such an alarming effect it really needs a new genre to describe it. It's success is partly due to the dexerous playing which betrays the fact the band have been playing and recording for 8 years. They even manage to make the genre that most would confine to an early noughties niche come completely back to life.
Aside from that there's the lyrics. Delving back to something from the pre-gangsta era this is one angry, articulate, politically aware record. The likes of Michael Franti, Chuck D, and host of lesser known old school political agitators spring to mind. One thing to say is it never sounds worthy or just aware for the sake of it. These guys clearly believe what they say and are exceptionally well informed.
This is their third album and the first for a major. If anyone needed proof that people should be gently moved into the spotlight then they need go no further than this record. A confident sound from a band who are fully fledged and not just sounding it. Whether you're looking for something a bit more challenging than the last couple of Chilli Peppers albums, want something intellegent, a reminder that intelligent things can be expressed in Hip-Hop, or just proof that the "Handlebars" hit isn't a one-off then you should give this more than a cursory listen.