Foxy Shazam
Foxy Shazam


4.0
excellent

Review

by C.F. USER (19 Reviews)
April 11th, 2010 | 49 replies | 8,778 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Flashy, fun and flamboyant soul/pop that is nearly impossible to say no to.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

For several years now the Cincinnati group, Foxy Shazam, have been crafting some interesting and unique works of art. Delving into a multitude of genres, they have made a name for themselves by seamlessly melding together Hardcore Punk, Soul, and Piano Rock in a cohesive fashion while still maintaining a great deal of pop sensibility. Based on a pattern from their last two albums, their third release seems to be moving in a more poppy direction. The Flamingo Trigger was a complete freak show of frantic screams and dissonances with and underlying theme of soul/pop; a flavor enhanced when brought to the forefront of their follow-up, 2008’s Introducing. Now it’s 2010, a new Foxy album is in the works, and anticipation is eating away at the fans who are trying to solve of just what the self-title would bring. The result is a new/different, but certainly not unwelcome, take on Foxy Shazam. To put it simply, don’t listen to this album looking for the wackiness of No! Don’t Shoot or the brutal ending in Ghost Animals. Foxy have gone full blown, unadulterated pop. With that said, some die hard veteran Foxy Shazam fans might shed a tear and put The Flamingo Trigger on repeat for a few weeks, but rest assured, there really is no reason for that as this album is a fantastically constructed pop album with catchy hooks aplenty.

The obvious main attraction to this carnival of an album is the lead singer Eric Sean Nally. He really gives this album its vibe with his impressive range and flashy delivery akin to the likes of Freddy Mercury. With his pipes, however, this flashiness is certainly warranted as it only adds to the huge production that is Foxy Shazam’s self titled album. Songs like “Oh Lord” can certainly attest to this. Containing one of the catchiest choruses ever this song really epitomizes what the album is all about: accessibility, pure fun, and overly flamboyant soul. However, do not translate that into flowery, happy-go-lucky song writing. Possibly the best song on here, “Only Way To My Heart,” is a sassy jazz tune with a cynical delivery that culminates with the most “brutal” part of the album.

In addition to his vocals, Eric Sean Nally’s lyrics are noteworthy for the simple fact that they truly are clichéd, pointless nothings - which is in no way a pitfall. There’s nothing serious about them, no deep meanings, just care free, easy-to-go-down lyrics that are there to do nothing more than bring a smile to your face. With lines like “I want my friends to think I’m so punk rock, so punk rock and roll. And all you hipsters say I’m gay, but I’m not gay at all” and “When I get back home I find the door is locked, pretend I’m a G.I. Joe and sneak around the house” it really is difficult – at the very least – to not crack a smile, no matter how hardcore you claim to be.

With Nally’s showy and soaring vocals backed by some dazzling piano lines, a feel-good guitar lick here and there and the addition of a more that apt trumpet player, Foxy Shazam have successfully made an album full of hard hitting, straightforward and (can’t stress this enough) fun pop tunes. It really all boils down to one thing: accessibility. Yes, this album can be enjoyed in just about any situation. Whether you’re having a good day and want to keep that feeling going, or you’re have a not so good one, Foxy Shazam can now always remind you that life is a bitch, but she’s totally doable.

The full stream can be found on their myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/foxyshazam



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Comments:Add a Comment 
nodontshoot
April 11th 2010



21 Comments


Someone needs to change the album art. Nice review nonetheless.

elephantREVOLUTION
April 11th 2010



2731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review. this album has grown on me a lot since i first heard it...and it's slowly becoming my favorite foxy album. i saw them live a few days ago too and they were even more amazing than usual. they even have shirts that say "new foxy sucks, bring back the flamingo trigger."

JWT155
April 11th 2010



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need this asap.

elephantREVOLUTION
April 11th 2010



2731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i tried to change the album art a couple days ago and it never updated

guerilla939
April 11th 2010



9 Comments


Saw them at the Webster on April 1. Awesome live show. My friends got me into Foxy, and the songs I've heard off this album were really good. Can't wait to listen to it in its entirety. Great review.

WeepingBanana
April 11th 2010



10040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks guys. also the track list needs to be changed.

listen to these guys-->see them live-->die happy

Spec
April 11th 2010



27051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really like this album actually. Very good review too, i'll pos

HenchmanOfSanta
April 12th 2010



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Introducing isn't from 2009. Also this album is definitely their worst effort.

PirateSquid
April 12th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Methinks Henchmen and everyone else haven't been hearing the same album, which is obviously the best.

DoubtGin
April 12th 2010



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i cant find it eh.. I have the "old version" at 4 so I bet this might be even higher

PirateSquid
April 12th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah same, I want the new version. I liked it on Myspace so much I might just actually buy it. Shocker.

DoubtGin
April 12th 2010



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just listening to "Count Me Out" on myspace.. whoa.. the difference is really huge. (its greater than the one I have btw)

DoubtGin
April 12th 2010



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Intro/Bomb’s Away - 3:20
Wanna-Be Angel - 3:21
Count Me Out - 3:46
Bye Bye Symphony - 4:04
Unstoppable - 3:33
Second Floor - 3:59
Oh Lord - 4:10
Connect - 3:27
The Only Way To My Heart - 4:43
Killin It - 3:58
Evil Thoughts - 4:17
Teenage Demon Baby - 3:31 (iTunes bonus track)
Some Kind Of Love - 3:09 (iTunes bonus track)

this is btw the new tracklist. That review mentions With an Axe which is no longer part of the album it seems.

WeepingBanana
April 12th 2010



10040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh my mistake. i meant to change that before i submitted it. editing now

PirateSquid
April 12th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

No, 'With An Axe' is just called 'The Only Way To My Heart' now.

Jips
April 12th 2010



1129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

loved the closing sentence... nice review... but i think im in the group that wanted another flamingo trigger...

im gona listen to this shortly, hopefully i can enjoy a non-hardcore-foxy...

Jips
April 12th 2010



1129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and all you hipsters say im gaIEEaay... but im not gay at all...

im loving it...

HenchmanOfSanta
April 12th 2010



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Methinks Henchmen and everyone else haven't been hearing the same album, which is obviously the best.
Everything I loved about the Flamingo Trigger is completely gone, and none of the hooks are as strong as the ones on Introducing like Red Cape Diver, the Science of Love and the Rocketeer.

Also the band should change their name to Eric Nally Shazam!

WeepingBanana
April 12th 2010



10040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think if you just kinda detach this album from the foxy that made flamingo trigger you'll realize what a good pop album this is

Blumper
April 13th 2010



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, weeping, that is debatable. I mean irregardless.



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