Family Force 5
III


1.5
very poor

Review

by Friday13th USER (10 Reviews)
August 18th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They're gonna need a lot more than a golden tricycle to hook me.

There's nothing wrong with silly music.

Heck, I listened to Weird Al's "White and Nerdy" a gazillion times more than the serious original by that one rapper no one listens to anymore.

With nicknames like "Phatty", "Chapstique", and "Crouton", you can tell which side of the fence Family Force 5 falls into. Family Force 5 has always been about partying, dancing, and screaming about pointless things. It's been hit or miss, with some songs being so ridiculous they come off as actually good. "Kountry Gentlemen" from their first album is a prime example. What the heck is a country...er...”kountry” gentleman? What does that have to do with blitzkrieg rapping about mama's fried chicken and having a dance off? Why am I still listening? Well, because it's surprisingly entertaining. It’s not like S.O.D.’s Speak English or Die funny, but it’s still comical.

The music style for the first two albums was called "crunk" by the band. Interpreted into non-ghetto terms, this means a mix of screamo punk, techno, hard rock, and hip hop. Fairly original, actually. Only a handful of bands have attempted to put that many contradictory genres together. To top it off, they have a slightly Christian undertone to their songs. "Love Addict" states "It's better than drugs, in fact it's sent from above." This has inexplicably landed them tours with Christian artists from Tobymac to Mercy Me along with more understandable alternative acts such as 3OH!3.

With lll, Family Force 5 seem to pine for mainstream pop airplay. Ditching the genre hopping in favor of straight up synth pop, Family Force 5 butcher every good attribute the band had, leaving you with an obnoxious set of songs that aren't even funny.

Surprisingly, the albums highlight, “Paycheck”, is a more serious song about living in hard economic times. Though Family Force 5 have managed to release a couple decent serious songs in the past like the focused “D-I-E 4 Y-O-U” and the mellow “How in the World” both off Dance or Die, it still reflects poorly on a band known for their wackiness. “Not Alone” is another more serious number, though this ballad falls flat after pulling off every mainstream rock cliche worthy of Nickelback’s new album.

Album opener "Can You Feel It" couldn't be more ironic. Though it is the closest musically to the bands back catalog with its heavy guitar/synth riffing and punky screams, it sounds like a bland rehash of their previous batch of successful songs. The lyrics hit on the same tried and true theme of club dancing, only sounding more generic and uninspired than usual. This song was also used for a trailer of the Hasbro Battleship movie. Like movie like song.

All the other tracks fall into two categories: teenage “love” (crushes) and dancing at the club. Inspirational. As one might expect from an album with ten songs that clock barely over thirty minutes, the music rarely drifts from predictable synth pop. Just what we this world needs most!

Is Family Force 5’s third album a charm? No.
III strikes, and it’s out.



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Friday13th
August 17th 2012


2583 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Sorry, there are a couple errors, like in the 4th to last paragraph I meant "pulling off every mainstream rock cliche worthy of Nickelbacks' new album."

Digging: iamthemorning - ~

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2012


31401 Comments


So fix them...

Go to your profile, and underneath your profile pic will be an option to edit your reviews

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

breakingthefragile
August 18th 2012


2962 Comments


This is the first time I've ever seen "gazillion" used in a review.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 18th 2012


50695 Comments


Breaking new ground

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me in the River

Emim
August 18th 2012


26649 Comments


Actually saw them when they were touring with MercyMe. They put on a decent live show, though they didn't play Love You to Death.

Friday13th
August 18th 2012


2583 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks Deviant, noobs need that kind of help!

Friday13th
August 18th 2012


2583 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well, Trebor17, I didn't realize the only other review was also a 1.5 rating, but I guess your sarcasm is well deserved. Please check out my positive review of When Dreams Become Reality by Thieves and Liars. I didn't use any "zillion" number in that one haha

Eko
August 18th 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

woah I literally reread my review for this just yesterday on a whim and now there's a new review for it, weird

Fieryfenderz
August 18th 2012


1461 Comments


While I hate this album and the one before it, their first album was a guilty pleasure of mine. Also I'm pretty sure that's a golden dirtbike, not a tricycle.

Emim
August 18th 2012


26649 Comments


has three wheels


is trike

bloc
August 18th 2012


34951 Comments


Summary owns hard

Eko
August 19th 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I think it's a golden dirt tricycle

bloc
August 19th 2012


34951 Comments


Eko the dolphin

Eko
August 19th 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

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Eko
August 19th 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

hmmm apparently sputnik doesn't like lines that begin with spaces

bloc
August 19th 2012


34951 Comments


If that was supposed to be a dolphin...

AnEpicDeath
July 2nd 2013


190 Comments


This review has a bit too high band discussion to album discussion ratio, but it gets the job done. Pos'd.



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