Reel Big Fish
Candy Coated Fury


2.5
average

Review

by Boris Canzano USER (9 Reviews)
July 18th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Reel Big Fish are pissed off at people again. So they wrote a song about it, and another, and another…

Reel Big Fish has always been known for consistently putting out fun and catchy ska-punk tunes. These songs have created the soundtrack to the last 5 summers of my life. So, when I saw Candy Coated Fury at a Reel Big Fish show not too long ago, I had to pick it up. Much to my disappointment, I found that this would be the worst Reel Big Fish record yet.

Reel Big Fish have hardly undergone a single change in sound or style throughout their whole career, and Candy Coated Fury is no exception. This has earned them a spot as one of third wave ska’s most well known groups. However, maybe a change is what Reel Big Fish needs. Candy Coated Fury is the sound of a band whose dwindling well of creativity has finally run dry. While it may be comparable to other Reel Big Fish fare, Candy Coated Fury is outright boring. First track, “Everyone Else Is An Asshole” reminds the listener right away that nothing has changed for the band. Lead guitarist and vocalist Aaron Barnett is pissed off at people again, so he wrote another song about it, and another, and another.

Highlights of the album are few and far between. Instrumental track “Don’t Stop Skankin’” features good horn parts and reminds the listener of The Toasters’ “Weekend In LA”. The final track, “The Promise” is another strong point. It is the slowest track on the album and is more reggae focused than ska-punk. While there are high points present, they do not rescue the album from mediocrity. In fact, they are so overshadowed by the other 12 tracks that it’s easy to forget that they’re even there.

The primary pitfall of Candy Coated Fury is that it lacks any form of dynamics. In other words, it’s plain. Each one of the 14 tracks blends into the other and the album turns into 55 minutes of fast-tempo upstrokes and distorted power chord choruses. The lyrics are lacking in substance present in earlier Reel Big Fish releases and the hooks in each track are nearly the same. By no means is this is this an absolutely terrible record, its just not a good one. Perhaps it could be improved by removing 4 or 5 tracks and bringing the run time down from a tedious 55 minutes, but quite honestly, the time for Reel Big Fish to stop writing new music has arrived. Candy Coated Fury makes it quite apparent that the band has run out of ideas and is just rehashing everything they’ve done over the last 17 years into a record that any Reel Big Fish fan has already heard before even putting it in their CD player. I believe I speak for most of their fans when I say that after listening to Candy Coated Fury, I’m not exactly clamoring for any new Reel Big Fish music.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sirob
July 18th 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not really much to say here other than it's really.... average.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 18th 2012


4854 Comments


That album title and art are just wow.

Kris.
July 18th 2012


12345 Comments


i heard that one song they released and couldn't actually finish it which is pretty sad
rbf used to rule

Sirob
July 18th 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah. i made it through twice and couldnt even stand to listen to it again i was so bored, i just had to let everybody know.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2012


50545 Comments


I'm expecting this to be in the 3.5-3 range

YankeeDudel
July 18th 2012


9313 Comments


Band has about 3 good songs ever

Digging: The The - Soul Mining

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2012


50545 Comments


Steeeeeeve Perry

cpa15
July 18th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its the first time i see people complain about a band that didnt change...i just love that they make music with their original style!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2012


50545 Comments


lol wut

Sirob
July 18th 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sometimes i feel like this is a 3 but then i compare it to everything else theyve put out and its just not as good

thewired
July 18th 2012


48 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i used to like this band

Douglas
July 18th 2012


9118 Comments


I think ill have myself a beer.

Digging: The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes

Sirob
July 19th 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i second that, sir

MadMikeLove
July 23rd 2012


653 Comments


Stream?

EDIT: I get it, they were selling it at shows. I'm listening to it on youtube. So far It's not terrible. Will go further once my copy shows up in the mail. Do you think it's better than chimps? I thought chimps was painfully average.

MadMikeLove
July 23rd 2012


653 Comments


So i listened to a couple songs and at least a snippet of each. It's Reel Big Fish playing Reel Big Fish songs. But it's fun. it's old but still fun for me anyway.

Sirob
July 24th 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i thought chimps was better than this at this point tbh. and its not like its unlistenable i could probably spin a track or two every now and then but its just boring

MadMikeLove
August 10th 2012


653 Comments


how the hell does this have a worse rating than we're not happy till you're not happy? That album blew my dick. This album is at least fun. Sure it's a bunch of songs RBF has written before, but that still doesn't merit a lower score than that other shitty album haha

MikeAdriatic
November 26th 2012


27 Comments


agree with the review.. although i do think this is their best album since " why do they rawk so hard".. but in no way as good. on that note.. cant wait to see them this friday in Australia.. yewwwwwwwww

Black Ink
December 12th 2012


169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The Promise is an 80's cover. Album was better than the last one though.

dylstew
November 24th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my favourite RBF album, why does everyone hate it so much?



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