Family Force 5
III


1.5
very poor

Review

by David Shephard USER (22 Reviews)
October 18th, 2011 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Today’s class is wobble-ology and I’m your professor.

As a disclaimer to the users whom I predict will appear and make their first comment on this thread, I am a fan of Family Force 5’s debut album. A number of people may assert that this band is incredibly fun to listen to and is great mindless music. To an extent, I agree with both statements. Business Up Front, Party In The Back is a genuinely worthwhile release within the garbage-inundated dance-rap/crunk/electronic scene. Which is why III is so astoundingly disappointing; these guys used to be actually decent.

All intensity that drove FF5’s debut is completely absent. While Dance or Die certainly suggested that FF5’s heaviest days had passed, III is nearly entirely devoid of any energy whatsoever. III is empty and stripped down revealing… well, nothing. Everything that once made Family Force 5 fun is gone and we are left with only the weaknesses: cheesiness, awkward voice effects, and misguided experimentation. At this point FF5’s flaws are no longer excusable; they are quite simply poor now.

Although FF5’s lyrics have always been juvenile, III sees the band steeping to new lows. The album’s almost unlistenable low spots such as “Tank Top,” which boasts lines such as “I sent the boom-shaka-laka shaka-laka to your house / don't let it smack ya in yo swagga-lackin' mouth” and “Scenie babies / throwback 'cedes / bleach-blonde hair and your neon shadies / skinny jeans / know what I mean / roll the red carpet out the limousine.” “Dang Girl” is primarily a repetition of varying pronunciations of “dang girl, you bang, girl” and features an obnoxiously atrocious beat and messy distortion. Even an ill-fated Steve Jobs reference makes an appearance. And although it might seem unfair to criticize the lyrics of FF5, III is so blatantly lazy and childish that it is simply no longer passable.

Even the few “highlights” are glaringly mediocre. “Love Gone Wrong” is probably the only track with any life at all and might be the sole notable takeaway from the release. “Not Alone” is a simple pop song that doesn’t fit with the rest of the album at all but manages to be successful, at least in relation the majority of the tracks. Other relative highs such as the very Mraz-influenced, reggae-flared “You Got It” and the Spanish-influenced “Mamacita” are mostly failures hampered by nearly amusingly bad production decisions, but at least they are trying. While none of these are individually worthwhile, they may save the album from being a complete fiasco. Maybe.

But perhaps the greatest tragedy to be found here is this: with III, Family Force 5 may have crafted both one of the best works of their lackluster genre as well as one of the worst. The collapse of Family Force 5 is disheartening and frustrating; these guys were never that much to get excited about, but they were better than this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2011


9067 Comments


This band is pretty bad

Eko
October 19th 2011


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

happy 20 to me

review kind of sucks tho, first negative review is a toughie I guess. suggestions welcomed. avoid this.

bloc
October 19th 2011


35024 Comments


Heard a few tracks from this and it seemed so serious sounding. Not at all what I was hoping for.

Eko
October 19th 2011


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

grief hood you beat me to my own review

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2011


31629 Comments


Electronica.....

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pizzamachine
October 19th 2011


12572 Comments


Not surprised this is bad.

Waior
October 19th 2011


11461 Comments


surely you jest

this band was never good

only the first 4 seconds of love addict made them worthwhile

Eko
October 19th 2011


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

not gonna edit just for that dev, but if anything else comes up I'll remove the dreaded a

they had some good songs early on, like cadillac phunque, kountry gentleman, I love you to death (best song maybe), replace me

although in my search to remember which of their early stuff was good I found it wasnt as good as I remembered...

and oh yeah HOLD UP WAIT A MINUTE

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2011


31629 Comments


Today’s class is wobble-ology


What do you mean by this?

Eko
October 19th 2011


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Quote from first single to indicate the absurdity of this.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2011


31629 Comments


Oh right. For a second I thought it might have been a reference to there being some kind of dubstep influence on this, and I was confused because there was no mention of that in the write-up. Nevermind

FruityCatOfDoom
October 19th 2011


2140 Comments


this band is suppose to be bad. their not even trying to be good.

TrstN01
October 19th 2011


800 Comments


Yeah, I think that these guys kinda tried on the first album, and now just like having fun.

bloc
October 19th 2011


35024 Comments


This is true dubstep, not any of that lo-fi shit

Eko
October 19th 2011


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ghost neg where are you

and yeah Lakes that's how bad it is

tarkus
October 19th 2011


5560 Comments


I think some fags on my facebook friends list are posting lyrics to this because I know they listen to this shit

iGuter
October 24th 2011


354 Comments


They are a band with a lost sound

Rtecho
April 13th 2012


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Actually I liked both Family Force 5's first album thier second album and This album, It's different unique and entertaining while still music. If you're looking for a standard band you should try elsewhere.

bloc
April 13th 2012


35024 Comments


WATCH WHAT YOU SAY 'ROUND MY MAMA

Friday13th
August 17th 2012


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

nice review! Almost as good as mine! lol FF5 need to call it quits.

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