Bowling for Soup
Fishin' For Woos


4.5
superb

Review

by simonpettersen USER (18 Reviews)
April 27th, 2011 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite the fact that the album is called “Fishing for Woos”, Bowling for Soup delivers probably their most mature album yet.

Ok, let’s look what we actually got here… A new album by Bowling for Soup, the punkers who never got out of high school and even in their 30s sings about getting loaded. Everyone who follows these guys probably thought it would sound the same considering they started writing in the beginning of 2010. This however, is not the case. Despite the fact that the album is called “Fishing for Woos”, Bowling for Soup delivers probably their most mature album yet.

Does that mean that the thing that made everyone love Bowling for Soup is gone, cheesy lyrics and happy sing-along tunes? No, we still got a bunch of those. The album sounds completely as their older records, looking back to 2004 when they gained their first critical acclaim. Then what’s changed? Normally, Bowling for Soup has one to two songs that actually are serious, on this album however, pretty much half of the songs are quite serious. Like the songs What About Us, Turbulence and Guard My Heart.
All of those song have a low tempo and have really well written lyrics, but it figures that Bowling for Soup could never make a complete serious record, it would be like Britney Spears singing death metal… “Girls in America”, “Here’s Your Freakin’ Song” and the lead single “S-S-S-Saturday” are good examples of Bowling for Soup milking their trademark sound.

OK, so the album has some serious songs, this isn’t exactly shocking looking back at their previous album “Sorry for Partyin’” and it’s tracks “Me with No You” and “Goodbye Friend”. What makes this album mature compared to everything they have released is probably the lyrics. Although there are funny tracks on the album, none of them has a such a cheesy line as “Did you feed the fish? Where’d you lose your pants? Do you like my band? Wait, don’t answer that…” from the song “No Hablo Inglés”. I mean, there’s even a song on the album that sings about how good a night can be WITHOUT drinking? That’s a new one…

Just so that I have mentioned the whole band; when it comes to the pure song writing, it’s clearly who has control, as it’s their lead singer/guitarist/composer Jaret Reddick who is in complete control. There’s nothing outstanding from the instrumentals, nor vocals, only really solid songwriting.

Musically the album is full of funny and sad tunes. Making it a really cool mix compared to most of their previous works. There is as close to none musical connections to “Fishin’ for Whoos” and “Sorry for Partyin’” that pop influenced sound is far gone, so for those of you who really didn’t like their change will be pleased. Many people always hated the group because of the really cheesy lyrics, so maybe this is the time for those to check out the band as the lyrics are really more mature, but still funny and cheesy from time to time.

Basically, if you like a fun, still a bit serious record, or is just in complete love with the pop punk formula, “Fishing for Woos” is a really well pulled off album that you more than likely will enjoy! It has funny moments, a whole bunch of sing-along choruses, serious songs and the really cheesy lyrics are removed. Does Bowling for Soup fit this serious sound? It’s really up to every single listener, because musically nothing has changed, in my eyes the only difference is that they have evolved as songwriters, so YES Bowling for Soup fits this more serious approach.

PROS
- Catchy guitar riffs
- Strong songwriting
- Lyrics are more mature, but still funny

CONS
- Really absent bass
- Drumming really basic and not interesting
- A bit too short

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
“Turbulence”, “Let's Pretend We're Not In Love”, & “This Ain’t My Day”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
simonpettersen
April 27th 2011


272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No clue how to change the artwork, but if anyone could change it that would be great: http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B004R1VXVI.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

taylormemer
April 27th 2011


4944 Comments


Done

Satellite
April 27th 2011


20826 Comments


protip: album titles are italicized, song titles are quoted.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 27th 2011


7047 Comments


these guys? theeeesee guys??? alright fine these guys.

Satellite
April 27th 2011


20826 Comments


Basically, if you like a fun, still a bit serious record, or is just in complete love with the pop punk formula...

lots of basic grammar issues with this review.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2011


7122 Comments


This could do with a couple more read-overs,

'All of those song have a low tempo and have really well written lyrics'

*songs*

'Really absent bass'

Bass guitar work is absent on a large scale.

But compared to your other reviews, this is a step forward. Keep at it and it will come. My first reviews were utter crap, and my newer reviews are not that good either.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2011


7404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I expected this to be horrific but it was actually pretty decent.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2011


7122 Comments


band or review?

Crymsonblaze
April 27th 2011


7527 Comments


A Hangover You Don't Deserve is pretty good but I've hated pretty much everything else they've done. Still might check it out though.

Review is good

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2011


28789 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

never going to listen to this shit but im glad they're still making music.

they've always sucked tho

also: i like 1984, but only really because it was written by the guy from sr71

bloc
April 27th 2011


35010 Comments


Girl All The Bad Guys Want

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 27th 2011


10623 Comments


I can't imagine this band making anything above a 2.5

LepreCon
April 27th 2011


4152 Comments


They're still around?

Tyrael
April 27th 2011


20946 Comments


Pop punk? More like pop junk...

Digging: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

Kris.
April 27th 2011


12429 Comments


fucking hate this band so much

LepreCon
April 27th 2011


4152 Comments


I'd like this band if I liked gay sex I think

Kris.
April 27th 2011


12429 Comments


i thought you already liked that

LepreCon
April 27th 2011


4152 Comments


Naaaaaaaaaah that aint meeeeee

TheSpirit
April 27th 2011


17990 Comments


19 - 19 - 1985!

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

Kris.
April 27th 2011


12429 Comments


Naaaaaaaaaah that aint meeeeee


idk bro some people have told me things



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