The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Let's Face It


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
March 24th, 2009 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A quintessential piece of 90's ska.

In the mid nineties, Ska was the latest mainstream darling. Songs like Less Than Jake's "Dopeman", Save Ferris' cover of "Come On Eileen" and Reel Big Fish's "Sellout" were on endless repeat on Alternative Rock radio and No Doubt had yet to fall vitctim to Gwen Stafani's love of tasteless pop. Things were looking bright for the Thrid-Wave. In 1997 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones released their breakthrough album Let's Face It. Propelled by the success of the single "The Impression That I Get", Let's Face It toned down the punk and upped the pop making it one of the best chill out album's of the decade.

The album's opener "Noise Brigade" showcases everything that the Bosstone's are about in a scant two minutes. The rasp in Dicky Barrett's gravelly voice has been dialed back when compared to their earlier work making him understandable but still keeping enough of the smoky grit and bar room sneer to keep his ties to the punk scene. Upstroked chicken scratch chords set the pace for Barrett's vocals as an upswell of triumphant brass ushers in a rising chorus of "Woah oh oh's and "do do da do do's". This sound is heard through out the entirety of Lets Face It and is perfected on "The Impression That I Get". The intro to "The Impression That I Get", with it's surfy reverb drenched upbeat chords and swelling brass, is instantly recognizible to anyone that has listened to Alternative Rock radio. As the brass subsides a nimble bass line feeds its way through the verse as the guitar kicks into distorted power chords for the anthemic chorus where Dicky Barrett belts out "...Never had to knock on wood!". "The Bug That Bit Me" closes of the flawless first half of Let's Face It by showing off a bit of The Bosstones punk influence. Barrett brings back the intesity and rasp of his past for a fast, power chord romp that sounds like the Ska-punk little brother of Face To Face.

The album's second half continues in a heavier fashion than the first. "Nevermind Me" is a rough and tumble rocker that brings to mind the best of Hot Water Music with roaring power chords and a simple but effective lead riff that ties together the song. The brass is delegated to the back burner giving Barrett's vocals the opportunity to take center stage and he doesn't dissapoint. "Desensitized" is just over two minutes of the The Bosstones rocking out balls to the wall. Barrett spits out a biting and socially aware diatribe against the media as the drums furiously pounds away a punk beat and the guitars turn things up to eleven. Let's Face It comes to a close with "1-2-8". "1-2-8" mixes the more in your face sounds of the album's second half with the radio friendly pop hooks of the first. Boarderline yelled vocals and thrashing chords let up in to a gentle chorus of "1, 2 what's in the stew/ 3, 4 no one's really sure/ 5, 6 what's in the mix" before returning back to the fury of heavy chords. This creates a rollercoaster ride that is mile a minute intesity one moment and smooth pop hooks the next.

Let's Face It shows The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the top of their game and is one of the greatest ska-punk albums to come out of the nineties. Sonically devided into two parts, Let's Face It has something for everyone. Those who still fondly remember the pop friendly ska of "The Impression That I Get" will find plenty of hooks and clever wit in the album's first half, while those looking for something that packs more of a punch will get a kick out of the ska-punk of the closing half.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
UncleSombrero
March 24th 2009


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review of a pretty amazing album!

ninjuice
March 24th 2009


6760 Comments


Great review. I've been meaning to look into the Bosstones since Impression That I Get is so darn good.

fireaboveicebelow
March 24th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is this the only album I need by them

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2009


17222 Comments


their other stuff if good too, though not as good as this. if you are gonna get anything else by them I'd rec Dont Know How To Party.

thebhoy
Emeritus
March 24th 2009


4461 Comments


This is fun stuff, good review.

IntoTheFire
March 24th 2009


89 Comments


they're putting out anothe ralbum , this year i think. niggawat

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2009


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love the Bosstones, saw 'em with Dropkick this summer

Digging: Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

Jom
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2009


2688 Comments


Excellent review + album.

timbo8
March 24th 2009


618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this review fills a big hole in the database, and its a good one too.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2009


17920 Comments


i guess today we have to call it the ska-locaust

masterofcum
March 24th 2009


428 Comments


lol

MentalityOfA
March 26th 2009


1213 Comments


I love ska.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2009


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Break So Easy is my favorite song off of this album

metallimeister
February 11th 2010


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Greatest Ska/punk record ever

MUNGOLOID
March 15th 2010


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Digimon digital monsters Digimon are the champions.

dimsim3478
August 3rd 2011


5186 Comments


"Impression" was in Chasing Amy. Good to see even Kevin Smith likes ska.

Digging: The Pillows - Moondust

fulgrim
September 16th 2011


1542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this, such a good summer album.

Spec
November 18th 2011


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oddly enough it's a winter album for me. Doesn't make much sense.

mallen-
November 18th 2011


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Used to think Question the Answers was better than this, but idk now

Vespiion
January 10th 2012


1222 Comments


Bum Bum, Bum Bum. Bum Bum Bum, BumBumBumBum. Yeah, The Impression That I Get is a hell of a tune.

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