Bowling for Soup
Lunch. Drunk. Love.


3.0
good

Review

by UnstableConnection1 USER (52 Reviews)
December 1st, 2013 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bowling For Soup dishes up lunch on album number twelve...

2013 has been a big year for the Texan pop-punkers Bowling For Soup, as they creep ever closer to their 20th year anniversary as a band. This year saw them perform their last European tour and also release their twelfth studio album Lunch.Drunk.Love. Unlike 2011’s effort Fishing For Woo’s Bowling For Soup have asked for help this time around, by fan funding the album via pledgemusic. Despite not being overly successful in recent years, Bowling For Soup have remained consistent and loyal to their fan base; a factor which is heavily prevalent throughout the entirety of Lunch.Drunk.Love.

The very first chorus of opening track ‘Critically Distained’ perfectly sums up what listeners can expect for the rest of Lunch.Drunk.Love. Lead singer Jaret Reddick wastes no time in stating Bowling For Soup’s mission statement; “we’re not here to change the world, we’re here to laugh at others”. This line shows that Bowling For Soup are aware of the lack of critical appeal the material they produce has, but they simply don’t care. This light hearted romp initially lead by an acoustic guitar, quickly turns into the up tempo rocking affair Bowling For Soup are known for. Despite not seeing the band members pushing into any new territory, ‘Critically Distained’ features a number of witty lyrics and a funny reference to the Gin Blossoms which brought a smile to my face.

From here on in Bowling For Soup keep playing to their strengths and rarely stray from the formula they are renown for on the remaining thirteen tracks. ‘Since We Broke Up’, ‘Real’ and ‘Normal Chicks’ all feature hooky electric guitar riffs, combined with Reddick’s tongue in cheek lyrics and catchy vocals. ‘Normal Chicks’ is one of the albums highlights, which also gets an extra tick of approval for referencing Olivia Munn, whilst ‘And I Think You Like Me Too’ sees Bowling For Soup referencing their own song ‘1985’. The rest of the album follows a similar vein, although overall it feels slightly slower in tempo compared to previous releases and also features a few serious moments such as the cover of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians song ‘Circle’.

At the end of Lunch.Drunk.Love. it becomes even clearer that Bowling For Soup solely made this album for their fans and don’t care about external opinions. Fans dug deep in their own pockets to help make this record happen and some also were even invited into the studio, to help out with the backing vocals. These backing vocals from fans can be heard on numerous tracks, but perhaps the best example is the pledgemusic exclusive ‘Award Show Taylor Swift.’ This track could have easily made the actually album, but instead was a bonus for pledges and features the hilarious line “I can’t find a parking space driving in my car, now I’m crying teardrops right on my guitar.”

It may have taken twenty years but Bowling For Soup have finally created consistent back to back solid albums. Just remember there is nothing new or ground-breaking to be found on Lunch.Drunk.Love. but it sure is another fun hell of a ride.



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Snake.
December 1st 2013


21389 Comments


I'm a little upset that this band still exists.

Crawl
December 1st 2013


2557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album was pretty boring

Pheromone
December 1st 2013


6720 Comments


this album finally get's a review and you give it a 3/5. tsktsk best BFS album.

Digging: Bad Brains - Bad Brains

demigod!
December 1st 2013


49295 Comments


bruce springsteen
madonna

Pheromone
December 1st 2013


6720 Comments


something something nirvana

demigod!
December 1st 2013


49295 Comments


there was u2 and blondie

Pheromone
December 1st 2013


6720 Comments


And music still on MTV Her two kids in high school

Crawl
December 1st 2013


2557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

they tell her that she's uncool

cause she's still preoccupied

with 19-

demigod!
December 1st 2013


49295 Comments


19

Crawl
December 1st 2013


2557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

1985

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2013


24233 Comments


Best BFS album in years

Digging: Millencolin - SOS

KILL
December 1st 2013


81233 Comments


fucking terrible band wow

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2013


24233 Comments


Lol oh boy

KILL
December 1st 2013


81233 Comments


ur a bitch but i luv u anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxXXxxXXXxxx

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2013


24233 Comments


Hey hey hey hey... You make me sick, but don't ever go away!!!

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2013


4455 Comments


or ya know we can talk about the review which is pretty solid

demigod!
December 1st 2013


49295 Comments


bruce springsteen [2]

BigPleb
December 1st 2013


57040 Comments


These dudes are sweet fellas for sure

Crawl
December 1st 2013


2557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, they've been my guilty pleasure for years

Crawl
December 1st 2013


2557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol i like Sorry for Partyin



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