Family Force 5
The Third


2.5
average

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
March 15th, 2013 | 21 replies


Release Date: 03/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While the decisions made behind this reissue of the group’s third album are puzzling, fans will be fond of the new tracks.

The Third, a reissue of Christian crunk rock act Family Force 5’s third album III, has some peculiar features about it. The album subtracts three of the ten songs on the original version of III, and replaces them with “Superhero” from last year’s digital re-release of the album, and the two new tracks from the III.V EP, “Zombie” and “Cray Button.” Now, reissuing III with the tracks from the III.V EP for the purpose of having all the songs in one convenient place would make sense, but doing away with three tracks off of the original album was not a necessary move at all. The Third is ten tracks in length, the same as III, but keeping the original amount of songs and adding merely three new songs to the mix is the most common of occurrences with reissues, and one would think that a thirteen track album would not be out of the question at all.

Fortunately though, even if it may seem like a limiting and overly-condensed move, Family Force 5 thankfully made the decision to eliminate only the weaker cuts on III, and replace them with new tracks that are much more hit material. Despite the songs not showing any real progression for the crunk group’s sound, both “Cray Button” and “Zombie” have better potential for success as singles, as they both bring bigger and catchier hooks to an album that was hook-oriented to begin with. For variation’s sake, “Superhero” works with “Not Alone” to tone down the album’s predominately bombastic attitude for a few minutes of melodic soul searching, reminding listeners of their faith and serious side in soaring – albeit generic – Christian rock anthems.

Even if the track listing is rearranged quite a bit from III, not much on The Third is different consistency-wise. This time “Superhero” and “Not Alone” conclude the album on a more passionate note than the ridiculousness of the blitz beat-laden hip hop song “Get On Outta Here,” but aside from that, these are really the same flow of tracks, and just like on III, it is damned near impossible to take Family Force 5 seriously. Not that they intend to be taken seriously, their over the top blend of punk, crunk, hip hop, pop, and rock has always been just made with a mindless good time in mind. The problem lies in the way Family Force 5 deals with genres and mixes them together, which is in such a bland and processed way, that the group seems to simply infuse the bare minimum of a style’s aspects into a song, stir it with other styles they’ve done the same with, and then doesn't bother to venture anywhere further with either one of the various styles. It’s a shame because, as there was on III, there’s much unexplored potential for rap metal fusions and pop punk combos, that are never taken advantage of on The Third because of Family Force 5’s odd obsession with sterilized crunk music.

What Family Force 5 does benefit from here on The Third, and always have, is their knack for making unrestrained, colorful, and dazzling dance-club bangers for the Christian circles. Family Force 5 have a talent for taking crunk music, which nearly always comes with profanity, lewd themes, and vulgar subject matter, and only retains the style of the beats and force of the personality without any of the dirty aspects of southern crunk. They blend crunk with just enough pop to make it accessible and clean for Christian audiences to let go to their own type of humor-tinged crunk music without the coarse language and sexual themes that are well-known qualities of the shameless genre.

The tracks that were replaced here were throwaways anyway, and most likely won’t be missed by fans excited to have the new songs, which still deliver the wild crunk tunes that bring the hooks while keeping it clean that Family Force 5 is popular for providing, and ultimately make The Third a stronger album overall than III was.



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breakingthefragile
March 15th 2013


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Before anyone asks, I have know clue how one of my longest reviews in a while ended up being about an album by Family Force 5.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2013


20155 Comments


Their third album is called III and this is called third lol

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breakingthefragile
March 15th 2013


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I was pretty confused at first by what they were going for with this.

TooLateToGoBack
March 15th 2013


1780 Comments


similar bands: brokencyde

will be sure to stay away

breakingthefragile
March 15th 2013


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Their music doesn't have vocals or subject matter that's anything like brokencyde, don't worry.

fromtheinside
March 15th 2013


19148 Comments


this band was fun live back in like 2006

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joshieboy12345
March 15th 2013


5371 Comments


Their band name sounds like a spaceship in some shitty animated show.

toxin.
March 15th 2013


12802 Comments


you're posting reviews at quite the pace

joshieboy12345
March 15th 2013


5371 Comments


I think he's keen for the big 100.

benkim
March 15th 2013


2188 Comments


Meh

Friday13th
March 15th 2013


2750 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I've had the displeasure of hearing this from my brother. Worst album yet and the tweaking hasn't helped. Their first two albums I admit were mindless fun but this album is a mindless bore.

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TrstN01
March 15th 2013


800 Comments


I give this a 1 for being completely unnecessary.

savagecabbage
March 15th 2013


2105 Comments


how is this band popular

Tyrannic
March 15th 2013


3262 Comments


something about christian crunk doesnt sit well with me...

aww yeee poppin communion bottlezzzz


Brostep
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2013


3539 Comments


obligatory "lol crunk" comment goes here

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 15th 2013


10663 Comments


You need to slooooooooow doooooooowwwwwwn

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TooManyFriends
March 15th 2013


759 Comments


Wobble is my least favorite song in the world right now and it's not close

paradox1216
March 15th 2013


521 Comments


The first two albums were awesome and poppy and then this came out and it was...AWFUL. ugh.

joshieboy12345
March 15th 2013


5371 Comments


This band were never awesome.

bloc
March 16th 2013


35024 Comments


Business up front, party in da bak



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