Yesterday Family Force 5 released their second full-length album to delight of many. I rushed to Walmart and was delighted to find that it was actually in stock… I had to hunt around for it a little bit but i did find a few copies tucked away on one of the shelves. I have given myself a day to soak it in an am now prepared for a full review, here goes:
“Dance or Die” – Family Force 5
I have been waiting for FF5 to release a new album since their first album came out! I absolutely fell in love with Soul Glow Activator and his crazy bandmates from the first time i heard the song “Kountry Gentelman.” Now two years and one re-release later they finally boast new material on a large scale (the re-release featured 3 new tracks). This album starts off strong with the title track, “Dance or Die”; a groovy 80’s sounding tune that really rocks. Next, “Get Your Back Off the Wall” comes wailing in with Fuzz-drenched guitars and catchy lyrics, it got stuck in my head several times since yesterday… It’s one of their “heavier” tracks and one that i really enjoy. Following that is “Rip it Up” which maintains the fuzzy guitars and heavy synth buts moves the album in a little bit of a funkier direction with some nice drum-work (especially the high-hat-heavy dance rythmn.) The song also has some great singing on the chorus. Then the album totally shifts directions for a second; “How in the World” brings the album into a more ethereal vibe. Waves of digital synth-sounds and electronic beats crash against your eardrums with a surprising pleasantness and pull you out into a deep ocean of sound. A very full sounding song with very nice singing and lyrics, again it boasts a very 80’s pop sound. “Fever” re-energizes the listener and shakes all that digital water of ya’ with it bumpin’ beat. Nice club/dance number, reminiscent of “erfquake” from the first album but with it’s own distinct sound. Then comes “Party Foul” one my other favorites on this disc. It’s classic FF5 at it’s best; nice effects on most of the vocals. This song manages to crack me up and make me feel like rockin’ out at the same time! Then comes my favorite track on the disc and maybe my favorite FF5 song of all time; “D-I-E 4 Y-O-U.” By far the “heaviest” track on the album and in my opinion the one with the most energy. Rocks out through the entirty of the song and even has a metal-esque breakdown. Then with “Share it With You” the album chills out again. Kind of goes into a classic hip-hop sounding song and the grooves on through like a low-rida. “The First Time” keeps it in the same type of musical area except it sounds more punk-rockish… like a punk rock power ballad… “Wake the Dead” breaks back into a more recognizable sound as FF5 lights up the dance-floor of your mind. Nice funky guitars and just a groovy all-around feel. The album closes out with another one of my favorites, “Radiator.” This song is in the same vein as the previous track but with a little more Rock. It also boasts a good message in the lyrics… i think… I interpreted the song as talking about shinning for Christ… but even if that isn’t what it’s about, it’s really good. In conclusion, “Dance or Die” is a fun-filled romp from dance-floors to mosh-pits and everything inbetween. I am excited to see what FF5 brings to the table next time. Remember kids, keep it C-R-U-N-K in the U-S-A! Price Paid: $9.87
I’ve got some other new CDs that i’m listening to and i should review the shortly… stay tuned.