Big D and the Kids Table
Strictly Rude


4.5
superb

Review

by nickpcharrette USER (11 Reviews)
September 29th, 2007 | 21 replies | 24,342 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


I, like many people, had noticed Big D and the Kids Table was producing less ska songs on their albums. 'Good Luck' had a lot ska-punk, as well as 'Gypsy Hill'. 'How It Goes' and their split with Brain Failure, however, had minimal ska, and more punk. I was a little disappointed after picking up their other releases (besides 'Beijing to Boston' with Brain Failure, it is outstanding.) I felt they played ska better than punk, and if they wanted to succeed, they should play it, right?

Well, when they announced their new release, 'Strictly Rude', I pre-ordered it quickly. When I received it, I popped it right in my stereo, and waited nervously. I knew that it was supposed to be and album that gets back to their roots, but I was still a little nervous about it.

After the first few tracks, I knew that they had stuck to their word. Nearly every track is all ska. There are many fantastic songs on here that would blow you away. The track 'Try Out Your Voice' is a song that has some heavy traditional ska influences. It is a political song, as the title might suggest. Everything about the song is great. The whole band meshes together to make a great song. The best song on the album is 'Shining On'. Boy, did they write a masterpiece with this song. It is easily the best ska song of 2007. The lyrics are some of Dave's best, and they are extremely happy. To listen to this song and not smile, well, it is not possible. The guitar has some pretty cool riffs, the bass has some nice walking bass lines, and the horns section makes the song instrumentally. Another one of the best songs on here is the title track, 'Strictly Rude'. Dave plays an instrument that is foreign to me, the melodica. It sounds great. The guitar uses the echo effect, which sounds cool as well. The horns make a creepy effect, and the overall song is slow, but fantastic.

'Noise Complaint' was the first song released from the CD. Although most people think the song is fantastic, I can only find one thing great about it, and that is the horns. The three, yes count them, three trombone solos are outrageous. They are fantastic. Besides the horns, the song is nothing special. It becomes annoying hearing the phrase 'Noise Complaint' repeated at least ten times every verse. It is not bad, just a sub-par song. The song 'Hell On Earth' has a one minute acoustic intro that is a nice change of pace, and then goes into a fast punk riff. It sounds like it could be on 'How It Goes.'

Other highlights on the CD are 'Steady Riot', which is the opener, with one of the best bass lines on the CD. It is an upbeat song, a lot faster than the others, and a great chorus. 'Breaking the Bottle' is another different song. Dave's vocals are surprisingly not bad here. The bass is nice, and the overall song is great. Two other songs that stand out are 'Souped-Up Vinyl' and 'Raw Revolution'. They both are catchy, and fun to listen to. 'She Knows Her Way' is awesome, because all of the instruments are on top of their game. 'Relocate the Beat' really shows their old influences. You can hear the traditional ska throughout the song. It sounds like a Specials song.

As I brought up in my last Big D and the Kids Table review, people dislike Dave's voice. I suggest picking up this CD, as his vocals are not nearly annoying. His vocals can be annoying on 'Try Out Your Voice', but it does not take away from the song as a whole. There are some problems with this CD though. There is a lot of filler. 'Deadpan', 'Snakebite' and 'Fly Away' could fall into that category. It feels like there are never times where they can get more than two good songs in a row. Right when you find a perfect song, it will be followed but filler. It leaves you wanting more.

Overall, I give the CD a 3.5. Although there is a lot of great ska, some of the songs are filler, and become repetitive. I like the fact that there is less punk, because they ska a lot better. The introduction of two new instruments (Organ and Melodica) to their band is great as well. The traditional ska influences are a nice change. If you are not a fan of ska, this CD won't change your mind on ska. Leave that to Streetlight Manifesto.



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nickpcharrette
September 29th 2007


110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

although it isn't the best review, i feel that it needed a review, don't you?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 29th 2007


4927 Comments


You need some serious fixing on spelling, and work on grammar.

'Good Luck' had a alot ska-punk, as well as 'Gypsy Hill'.

if they wanted to suceed, they shoud play it, right?

among other spelling errors.
Advice: Write reviews in Word. Also, breaking up paragraphs couldn't hurt. All constructive criticism, nothing against you. Oh and Big D are terribly lame.This Message Edited On 09.29.07

nickpcharrette
September 29th 2007


110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i am not a good typer and it didn't help it is early for me to be up
haha

it should be fixed now

why don't you like them?

Aficionado
September 29th 2007


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Break up your parahraphs dude.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 29th 2007


4927 Comments


They are bland and the lead singer's lyrics are lame. I've liked two songs that they have ever made (and I've heard a lot of it due to my friends punk-ska obsession) Specifically LAX, which is an abomination upon mankind lyrically.

nickpcharrette
September 29th 2007


110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea it's kind of a hit or miss with them

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 29th 2007


3767 Comments


Heh, LAX is about the only song i can listen to.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Two-Headed Boy
September 29th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good stuff, this.

SkaRobotArmy
September 29th 2007


24 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i dunno what it is about this album but from the time I bought i just can't stop listening to it. It currently resides in my top 5 albums ever for some reason. There is something about Daves lyrics and vocals that make it all seem... so much more credible if that makes sense. I dunno, I also own his book which I haven't finished yet but is definately an interesting read so far.

Jessizzle
September 29th 2007


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love this album

top 3 summer album for me.

and top 5 overall possibly?

smokersdieyounger
September 30th 2007


672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

workin on a review for this, I'll postpone it a while, your right about shining on being the best song

Intransit
October 1st 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album fucking suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckkkks.

It's like they all got together and decided "hey, lets rip of the Bosstones, they were a cool band". Steady Riot and Hell on Earth are the only two passable songs on here.

Such a letdown after Good Luck.

MariettaMusicReviews
December 13th 2008


15 Comments


I think Dave's voice fits the music really well... it gets a little annoying here and there but I enjoy it. This is the first ska album I ever bought... can't complain

harveyn590
May 21st 2009


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best SKA album of all time

PanasonicYouth
June 20th 2009


7411 Comments


Did anyone else know that Big D was releasing a new album next month??

TRMshadow
January 19th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are coming around soon and I thought I'd give 'em a try before I decided to see them. They're no Jeff Rosenstock but they're good, I think I'll go.

CaptainMorgan
November 29th 2010


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazing album allways lifts my mood when having a shit tastic day

Satellite
November 29th 2010


20811 Comments


this is a really bad album.

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

Spec
March 11th 2012


27167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shit. Vocalist had cancer, did not know that.

Spec
June 29th 2012


27167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great summer tunes.

NO MONEY FOR PINTS AT THE BAR WE BRING A BACKPACK FULL OF PABST OOOOOOOOHH UNDER THE TABLE WE FILL OUR GLASS



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