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This is the FLC's first release since Loco in 2001 and it's like they never went away. In other words this is a Fun Lovin' Criminals album for people who fear change.
After taking a couple of years out to run a lounge bar and pizzeria, Huey, Fast, and brand new drummer Mark from Leicester have brought us FLC by numbers on their own DiFontaine label.
FLC switch effortlessly between different musical styles. There's the Noo Yoik gangster (ending in er not a) trips of Fun Lovin' Criminals and "Scooby Snacks" mimicked here with "You Got A Problem" and "Stray Bullet". There's the lounge lizard of "Barry White", "Loco" and "Bump" which appears in the guise of "Living On The Streets" and "Friday Night".
Finally, their punk rock side comes out on "Baby". This versatility can be a disadvantage though and Welcome To Poppy's suffers from too many mood swings on its fifteen tracks. Interestingly, the best moments on Poppy's come from less familiar FLC territory. "You Just Can't Have It All" is a fragile ballad while"Beautiful" is verging on the Tom Petty.
The lyrics cover the same ground of New York life, drugs, politics and relationships. The grooves are tight and funky, the musicianship effortless. I guess they all sat down and thought: Well if it ain't broke...but with the exception of "Too Hot", Welcome to Poppy's lacks the killer hooks to make it a great FLC album and if you own their previous albums you already own this one.
Review courtesy of 6 Music --Jack Smith
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New York's finest are back on the block, and on form, and with the new addition of Frank The Rhythm Man as Mackie's replacement, the sound is fresh and funky. Opening with the excellent and underrated single 'Too Hot' and moving effortlessly into the equally upbeat 'Stray Bullet', this album puts a smile on your face from start to finish.
Standout tracks for me include the bouncy 'Lost It All', the insanely catchy 'You Got A Problem', the hiphop infused 'Take Me Back', the bass-driven 'What Had Happened' and the surprising 'Steak Knife'. There are some gentler tracks to balance the more upbeat ones, such as the pretty 'Friday Night' and the touching 'Beautiful' and 'You Just Can't Have It All'.
All in all, a truly entertaining album all the way through. Fans will love it, and those who aren't yet soon will be after hearing this! Go buy it now!
It did take me a while to get into this, and I thought it was another Loco..But..What makes this album soo good is the number of great tracks one after each other, especially the middle/end.
The album opens with one of their best tracks ever - Too Hot. Like the patchy Loco, there is still some filler, but stong material round it. Next notable track is Friday Night. You Got A Problem will put a smile on your face. Take Me Back, What Had Happened? Got Our Love and This Sick World, all one after each other make this the class album it is. Fantastic beats and rapping. Beautiful's up there with the best too. Some say there's no heavy tracks here, but Baby is nothing short of heavy, and is a surprised after what has followed. It's a great track, and turns into Heavy Metal.
Overal it's their best album for me. Similar in style to Loco, but soo much better. Also elements from the first two albums are there too. They learnt from the average, lacklastness of Loco. I can't stop playing this album.
Too Hot - 5/5
Stray Bullet - 3
Living On The Streets - 3
Lost It All - 2
Friday Night - 4
You Got A Problem - 3.5
Running For Cover - 2.5
Take Me Back - 5
What Had Happened? - 5
Got Our Love - 5
This Sick World - 5
Steak Knife - 3
Beautiful - 5
Baby - 3
You Just Can't Have It All - 3
From beginning to end, this album lifts your mood and puts a smile on your face. Standout tracks include the catchy but underrated current single 'Too Hot', the funky 'Stray Bullet' (surely the next single?), the addictive and extremely bouncy 'You Got a Problem' and the bass-driven 'What Had Happened?'. 'Baby' is a great rock tune reminiscent of 100%'s 'Southside', 'Take Me Back' is an equally good hiphop number and 'Steak Knife' with its surprise chorus is definitely worth a few listens. The gentler songs such as 'Friday Night' (great lyrics btw), 'Beautiful' and 'You Just Can't Have It All' are all lovely and mellow - perfect chillout songs.
The fans will love it, and anyone who isn't yet soon will be. Huey, Fast and Frank have done themselves proud!
It is a touch more upbeat that other FLC albums and more rocky; bluesy even and less hip hoppy which suits me. When you listen you are not tempted to skip through tracks, and you don't get the feeling that you are waiting for the next track whist putting up with a 'filler'.
I would recommend this to anyone as this takes pride of place as no1 in my music collection: Brilliant
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