Big D and the Kids Table
How it Goes


4.0
excellent

Review

by FauxApathy USER (4 Reviews)
November 7th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overall, this album is very good. It manages to blend together Punk, Ska, and Pop-punk into one entertaining package.

Big D and the Kids Table always seem to be scraping by. A Seven-piece third wave ska band from Boston, they've always managed to pack shows, draw fans, and sell merchandise. And yet, they never seem to have any money.

With this album, Big D goes in a slightly different direction than their previous full length, Good Luck, but still manages to maintain all of what attracts fans to them. Gone are the dual vocals of Marc Flynn swapping rap-like verses in and out of lead singer Daves voice, but there are many tracks that feature the beautiful voice of Mariam Marz, including The Sounds of Allston Village, Safe Haven, and Girls Against Drunk Bitches. Singer David McWanes voice has evened out somewhat, it is still quite cutting, and turns many people away from this band.

If you can handle Stza Crack, I don't think you're in for too much of a problem with the vocals.

The most popular song on this album, and by far the fan-favorite is LAX. The song goes more for a pop-punk with horns feel, and is gimmicked up with redundant swearing. It is an excellent song, but I feel does not show this bands true potential as musicians and song writers.

Another fan-favorite on the album is the bouncy ska tune You Lost, You're Crazy. With it's interesting lyrics about a rumor spreading and it's fun back-up vocals interjected throughout the entire song, it makes this track a real fun one to listen to.

The albums heavier moments include songs Girls Against Drunk Bitches and Flashlight. Both work well, but people looking for straight ska may want to veer away from these two. Conversely to these, the lightest tone this album takes is the beautiful Safe Haven. It's very relaxing and really shows the diversity of this band.

Overall, this album is very good. It manages to blend together Punk, Ska, and Pop-punk into one entertaining package. How It Goes always has something new up it's sleeve, whether it be a instrumental such as The Sounds of Allston Village and the title track How It Goes, a more rock with horns type feel like Moment Without An End, or a song that's just plain.... fun. It even features a well done cover of The Specials Little Bitch.

Recommended Songs:
You Lost, You're Crazy
Cutshow
You're Me Now


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iarescientists
November 7th 2006


5863 Comments


Nice review.

I saw these guys at some huge ska festival last year, and I didn't really like them at all.

FauxApathy
November 7th 2006


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They had a much better live show when they still had two singers.

And of course you have to like the genre, or they'd be annoying.

iarescientists
November 7th 2006


5863 Comments


Yeah, I like "Tomas Kalnoky projects", but nothing else in ska really interests me.

711
November 7th 2006


1341 Comments


BIG D!
These guys rule. Awesome review

Catchthe22
November 7th 2006


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Big D is one of my favorite bands from their last two LPs. This one has so much variety and it pleases me all over. Some relaxing ska(Sounds of Alliston Village) , skacore(Youre Me Now), unique ska(Voice Alone) and mixes of it all(Chicago).

Zmev
November 7th 2006


983 Comments


All I have is Good Luck. I may have to check this.

slep
November 11th 2006


1604 Comments


this was the first ska album i ever got. can't wait for the new album.


FriendofTheDevil70
June 30th 2007


384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

these guys are pretty good. Im not sure if this is their best release or anything, but I enjoyed it. Good band.

DinosaurJones
September 23rd 2007


491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty solid CD. Best track IMO would have to be Chicago, I find it odd that nobody else mentioned it.

MonorailCat
October 20th 2008


118 Comments


I'll be sure to check this out

EvilBenson
June 24th 2009


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoyed this album. I'm glad I stumbled upon them!

AmbassadorGold
August 10th 2009


9 Comments


One of my favorite albums instrumentally, but a horrendous effort lyrically besides a few obvious songs

PanasonicYouth
August 15th 2009


7411 Comments


they played LAX at warped tour and it was fucking insane.

skocore
November 11th 2009


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I looked these guys up after a punter requested them one night in the club and I just can't get enough of em now, this is one of my most istened to albums atm.

Spec
March 11th 2012


27188 Comments


LAX is funny.

SkaCali
July 19th 2014


59 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is pretty good but 1h20 mins of ska is wayyy too much



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