Flobots
Survival Story


1.5
very poor

Review

by Curse. USER (64 Reviews)
March 15th, 2010 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rise Against's "Hero of War" as a hip-hop album. Stay far away.

“Handlebars” had the quickest turnaround from entertaining summer song to bane of my existence that I think I have ever witnessed. It was played ad nauseam on every radio station due to its ability to fit into both rap and rock crowds, however the album Fight With Tools itself showed a band with a couple good ideas that were ultimately undone by their own belief that they are “the one voice of the people.” The problem with that belief is that it creates a delusion of grandeur that surrounds the album, sucking some in, and shoving others away. The messages on Fight With Tools were so heavy-handed that it took people out of the music but not in a way that made them think; it either made people more pretentious in their beliefs or it pissed people off because they disagreed.

Now on to Survival Story. Largely the same as their major-label debut, the Flobots stick to the formula in which they are most comfortable, except at the same time trying to add a sense of “epic-ness” which, for the most part, fails. The first four tracks fly by with nothing to grab at your attention, as it seems that most of the ideas are being recycled from their debut, with slight changes. The production also makes the entire thing seem so overly manufactured. The only time that something interesting is thrown at you is the Tim McIlrath appearance on “White Flag Warrior,” which was probably set up at their PETA meetings.

Also, lets get this out of the way; not one member of the Flobots has any sense of flow. Whenever any of them steps up to the microphone, what comes out is monotonous, with no sense of the beat around them. On top of that, the lyrics that come out are so straightforward that it feels like listening to Air America Radio for fifty minutes. Metaphors are nearly nonexistent because they would do nothing but get in the way of bludgeoning you with their message. Easily the worst song on the album, however, is “Whip$ and Chain$” (I c wat u did thar) which hilariously combines terrible vocals and lyrics with one of the worst excuses for a beat that has been heard in recent times.

As it all comes together, this album comes off as Fight With Tools part two, with an even greater sense of pretentiousness. The indie-hip hop combination is mashed together awkwardly, something that their debut actually did pretty well. The album sacrifices easiness of listening in favor of trying to make every song grand in scale, and as a result, the album keeps tripping over its own shoelaces. If you enjoy having linear views shoved down your throat by way of awkward rapping, then this album is the one for you, but for everyone else, this is just another sub-par hip hop album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Curse.
March 15th 2010


8057 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album is so, so bad

Emim
March 15th 2010


27673 Comments


A HEEEEEEEROOO OF WAAAAAAR
IS THAT WHAT THEY SEE


Horrible song.

Titan50
March 15th 2010


4588 Comments


Enjoyed their debut, but this sounds awful

Handlebars will always be awesome though

Romulus
March 15th 2010


8507 Comments


Yeah this is really bad. Good review.

VicariousIntent
March 15th 2010


1626 Comments


Aww man, are you serious? I really enjoyed Fight With Tools a lot, so this is pretty crushing. I think I'm gonna give a listen anyway. Good review, even though I don't agree with everything you said about the band.

tiesthatbind
March 15th 2010


7441 Comments


CAUSE IT'S THE FLAG THAT I LOVE
AND THE FLAG THAT I TRUUUUUUST

Bulldog
March 15th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I agree. Pretty good review as well. There were some parts where I had a good chuckle. Pos

Zip
March 15th 2010


5312 Comments


Hero of War wasn't that bad a song and they did great with the video. Egh, whatever. Don't like this band so I'll avoid.

erasedcitizen
March 15th 2010


716 Comments


Some of these lyrics almost make me positive that they're fucking with us.

Ire
March 15th 2010


41948 Comments


I HAVVVEN'T HEEARD APPEALL TO REAAASON YET!

shortone323
March 15th 2010


883 Comments


Good review. I heard that Handlebars was really good from someone back when it was popular, but I didn't really see that when I checked it out. Doubt I'll bother with this, especially since this seems to be even worse.

JimmyPopAli
March 15th 2010


156 Comments


I CAN RIDE MAH BIKE WITH NO HANDLEBARS NO HANDLEBARS NO HANDLEBARS!

Never liked this band, the amount of acclaim they got baffled me.

Bulldog
March 15th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I CAN RIDE MAH BIKE WITH NO HANDLEBARS NO HANDLEBARS NO HANDLEBARS!




Moar liek, i push u off ur biek wen u ried it wiht no handlbarz

Enotron
March 15th 2010


7695 Comments


You stole my negative review.

Curse.
March 15th 2010


8057 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I sincerely apologize





NANAH NANAH BOO BOO

Romulus
March 15th 2010


8507 Comments


Did I mention to you guys that I can, in fact, guide a missile by satellite?

GnarlyShillelagh
Emeritus
March 15th 2010


6385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

IN A HOLLYCAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUST

Bulldog
March 16th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

What the fuck is with their idea for hip-hop instrumentals? Who the hell stood up and proposed, "HOKAY GUISE, LETS PUT ELEKTRUK GEETAR, VYOLEN, TRUMPIT, AND DRUMZ TOGETHAR AND C WUT WE GET"?



Better yet, who thehell allowed that person to stand the fuck up and say that, without saying "Sit down you stupid cock"?





elephantREVOLUTION
March 16th 2010


2966 Comments


fight with tools was decent. i was hoping they would step it up with this album. oh well. pos'd

TheGiantCrunch
March 17th 2010


107 Comments


DONT KNOW A BEAT THAT CAN KEEP YOU LONLEY



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