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on 6 July 2007
To start off I really have the album unlike the other review and have listened to it several times and it is fantastic and is so far from Cheer Up, more along the lines of their album ES and Forces of Evil. For those not in the know, this is Reel Big Fishs first real album release since being dropped from their label last year and it clearly shows that they're happy again as their label tried to steer them away from the music they enjoyed playing (see Cheer Up!) and their more recent songs were pretty downbeat (see WNHTYNH). Now with that out of the way, here's the review.

This album is fun from start to finish and for any old RBF fan, the re-recordings towards the end of the album are brilliant and really compliment the songs with better production etc showing that RBF have been a band alway ontop of their game even if they have hit a rocky patch. Some of the themes of the songs are quite cliche such as getting drunk, partying etc but they're fun, happy and will get you moving so I guess it's not all bad. Song highlights include Party Down, My Imaginary Friend, Slow Down and a cover of Another Day In Paradise. The re-recordings of the older songs are brilliant liek i've said before and although Cannibal is an old song it was only released as a demo so it's like a brand new song and it's 1 of my favs on this album. Only downside to the album is 'Please Don't Tell Her I Have A Girlfriend', sounds almost exactly the same as 'One Hit Wonderful' but with a boring theme and is a fairly weak song overall. Not a perfect album by any means but it doesn't try to be, it is a fun, solid album that remains fun after repeated listens and to write and record teh songs within 3 weeks is fairly impressive, so pick up this album, you won't be disappointed (unless this is your first RBF CD of course).
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on 17 August 2007
This is undoubtably an amazing part to the reel big fish collection. They remaster some of there old hits off of the less known "Everything Sucks" like they have done on previous albums but the new material is just as imperesive. Best song are Party Down, The New Version of You, Hate You and Cannibal. The dvd is different parts of them making the record and interviews with the band. Definitelly worth the money!
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on 31 July 2007
It was no secret three years ago, Reel Big Fish had reached a breaking point with their record label, even to the point they released an album of delibrate cyncism and negativity towards anything remotely musical. So when they finally split from their label, it seemed all their issues had been put behind them and soon a live collection was released as a thank you to the fans.

So the most obvious difference between Monkeys For Nothin'.. and its predecessor is the genuine mood of the songs and straight from the get go with Party Down this instantly feels much more uplifting. Of course this wouldn't be a RBF album without their trademark sarcasm and wittiness which still lurks around. Songs like Everybody's Drunk, Another F.U. Song and Please Don't Tell Her I Have A Girlfriend are pretty simple in its themes with F.U. being their most riotous sounding tune since Nothin'.

Once again a cover is present this time in the shape of Phil Collin's Another Day In Paradise, possibly the best cover since Take On Me, and ironically the reggae ting of Talkin' Bout A Revolution is revisited and reworked for Will The Revolution Come?. Best song of the new new stuff is definately Slow Down, the vibes are so great and you can tell they had fun recording it.

The 2nd half is newer versions of older songs, all of them from the out of print Everybody Sucks, from the swagger of I'm Her Man, the appropriately titled Why Do All Girls Think They're Fat?, the fun menage a trois Way Back, Hate You and Call You to Cannibal; the most melancholy song RBF has done since Drunk Again, not in terms of the theme but particularly for the outro.

The bonus dvd contains a 20 minute making the record documentary in which Aaron and Scott seemingly mock the ways of making an album 'Ship it out and wait for their smiles.. but mostly their cash', but is a great insight into how they do it.

This is a return to form for the Reel Big Fish, it certainly goes back to their roots and although they claimed the genre to be dead years ago, noone can do this many ska hits without breaking the charts.

They're going 'Back to the way that its used to be, when things were much better'. Top Rate Stuff.
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on 8 June 2009
RBF are sometimes quirky and mis-understood and this album adds to that. It's packed full of new tunes although none hit the heights of Cheer up, which was always going to be hard to follow. There are some top tracks included but they dont hit the same spot.
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on 29 August 2014
You can't go wrong with RBF. Who would have thouight that a Phil Colins song would sound good. If you get the chance catch these guys live.
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on 10 April 2008
Your opinion of this record is all down to your perspective. If you already love Reel Big Fish (which for the record I do) and just want them to churn out the same thing over and over, then this album delivers in spades. If however, you like bands that like to develop and try some new things this will disappoint.
This album features a cover of Phil Collins' "Another Day In Paradise" in a ska-punk style. If the idea of ska-punk covers of popular hits still amuses and appeals to you as something fresh, then you will love this version and it is exactly as you would imagine it to be. If however, you think this smacks of "ticking the boxes" and is a lazy going-through-the-motions type of manouvre that might still work live but wears a little thin on record, then you will be somewhat less impressed by this cover for the very same reason - it sounds exactly as you'd expect it to.
Sweary song "Another FU Song" is admittedly pretty darn good, but it does seem to be an absolutely bog-standard RBF lyric of the type we've already heard a dozen times before. If that's what you want then you'll love it, if not you'll probably still be nodding your head and tapping your feet but through somewhat gritted teeth.
"Don't Tell Her I Have A Girlfriend" is just covering the same old ground both musically and lyrically and is particularly weak.
All that said, this is still an enjoyable album just a little disappointing as after some recent attempts by the band to stretch their creative muscles and try new ideas this first album since losing their record deal seems like a retreat of sorts to the tried and tested possibly for commercial reasons.
However all is not lost, "Party Down" is an instant classic that manages to put RBF's neat ability to emulate any musical style into a conventional song format (as opposed to the normal live multiple verions of their classic "S.R.") and closer "Cannibal" is the best thing on this album by a long distance and is up there with the very best of their material. Its extended instrumental coda which is both catchy and melancholic is also a warm and welcome sign that they still have it within themselves to surprise us. Hopefully on their next record they will feature more moments like this rather than a closing part to the potential "Beer", "Drinkin'" trilogy.
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on 9 November 2015
A flawless sale.
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on 2 June 2007
Not heard the album obviously. But, i did hear a few new songs live! Theyre great, still got their same style. Id say its the 'everything sucks' style with some 'cheer up' elements! Definitely gonna buy this one and you should too ESPECIALLY if youre a true fan!
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