Welcome To Poppy's was the Fun Lovin' Criminals first album after their greatest hits compilation and also their first away from major label EMI. In addition to this, the Crim's last album Loco, although garnering some of their best reviews, fell flat with many of the fans. Big things were needed from this album - and big things they delivered. For me, WTP's is THE Fun Lovin' Criminals album that should be used to introduce people to first. It contains everything from rock to soul to heart-filled balladry to funk to hip-hop, and most importantly the albums flows perfectly - there isn't a single duff track among the fifteen here and at no point will you want to skip any of the songs. And at least seven of the songs here could be potential singles. The gangster pose is still here, as is the excellent Huey sense of humour, but also now the boys have taken to occasionally lightening the mood with some slower bluesier numbers - sometimes remeniscent of the lighter jazzier tones from their earlier 100% Colombian album. These work beautifully with the album as a whole and help to ensure that the pace is well-maintained throughout. While probably not as credible as the boys earlier efforts, which were more hip-hop orientated, this album for me is The One. It is perfect to just put the Cd in the player, sit back, press play and listen. And how many albums can you genuinely say that about?
The Crim's bring out their best album to date. It's strange and a shame that it comes with their peak of popularity passing them two albums before this one. 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