Foxy Shazam
Gonzo


2.5
average

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
April 8th, 2014 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just because it's free doesn't mean you're not allowed to complain

On the title track of Foxy Shazam's fifth LP, lead singer Eric Nally bemoans that 'Hero's are something only Dave Grohl sings about', expressing a brilliant sense of cynicism we have come to expect from these gaudy glam punks. The problem? Everything it's wrapped in isn't particularly good. The mixing job sounds flat, the guitars seem tapered where they should be recklessly jabbing and, especially for a record produced by Steve Albini, being propelled by a surprisingly placid rhythm section. The drums don't echo and smack with fury, the bass doesn't grind along and you'll be damned if it doesn't take you more than half-a-dozen listens to pick up the groove hidden inside. Commendably released though it may be, Gonzo is hardly anything special.

It's sad too; 2012's The Church of Rock & Roll was such an exciting and camp take on glam punk that, under the control of equally OTT Justin Hawkins, dripped with sexual fury and political humour. Now the band appear to have groomed themselves and ditched the overly glam image they originally pertained to- in the process, they forget that's their identity. On "Poem Pathetic" and "Brutal Truth", the band make it severely unclear as to what is they're trying to achieve. While one side sees a camp horn section start up and Nally exercise his lungs in the art of stupidity, the other sees a band trying too hard to control their over anxious state and instead crunch along with excessive accenting. It's uncomfortable (almost unbearable) to listen to.

Overall though, what's most depressing about this is the production job- for the most part, it both disappoints and detracts from the experience. Some tracks such as "Tragic Thrill", "Have the Fun" and "Don't Give In" suggest brilliance but rarely touch it. The matter of the fact is Steve Albini's mixing job is so unbelievably rudimentary that it makes the album appear to be undercooked demoes. It's difficult to make out that iconic Albini sound within, but he's hardly to blame. With a band known for their OTT sense of fiasco, attempting to be a dressed down indie glam act is nothing but a bad move. Motifs are questionable and the proof is in the pudding, this carries absolutely none of the excitement of their previous records.

It leads to a barrage of questions; Where's the iconic sense of European comedy? Where's Steve Albini's punishing mixing job? Where is all the raw excitement that comes from the medium and released method? Unfortunately (disappointingly, moreover), it's nowhere to be found.



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Green Baron
April 8th 2014


24765 Comments


i like it

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 8th 2014


15046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

church sucked fucking dick i have no doubt this is better if all you s/t loving garden shitters hate it

Green Baron
April 8th 2014


24765 Comments


@Arcade it was a reference to their song "I Like It"

kinda duped you but ehh

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 8th 2014


15046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos

Green Baron
April 8th 2014


24765 Comments


I've been posting that everywhere hoping someone would take the piss

Green Baron
April 8th 2014


24765 Comments


I love songs about fucking

Green Baron
April 8th 2014


24765 Comments


I love songs about fucking

HenchmanOfSanta
April 8th 2014


1994 Comments


What a disappointment. Listening back to the Church of Rock & Roll I can't believe this the same band. This just sounds like a tired and undercooked demoes. Well, feedback appreciated.
If you can't believe this is the same band that made the Church of Rock and Roll, you really won't believe that they also made the Flamingo Trigger.


FromDaHood
April 8th 2014


9112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I still love Flamingo Trigger

Green Baron
April 8th 2014


24765 Comments


love=2.5

FromDaHood
April 8th 2014


9112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

P sure it's a 3.5 and it could probably be higher

Green Baron
April 8th 2014


24765 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/44548/Foxy-Shazam-The-Flamingo-Trigger/

EDIT: Ah, nevermind, rating is a 3.5

ILJ
April 8th 2014


6941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

i don't think this is terrible but it is terribly underwhelming

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2014


16360 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band had a good thing going before they went all piano rock

Digging: Crimeapple - Viridi Panem

Green Baron
April 8th 2014


24765 Comments


before they started singing about big black asses

HenchmanOfSanta
April 8th 2014


1994 Comments


I still love Flamingo Trigger
It's legitimately one of my favorite albums of the past 10 years and they pretend it doesn't exist. When they played my school for free I talked to the merch guy about it and he said that Warner Bros. wouldn't reissue it. They're the only band whose first album is better than their first album (though I do like Introducing a lot).

Son of Mr. Pain
April 8th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

All of their albums kick ass except for this one.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2014


11152 Comments


Isn't Steve Albini's MO to underproduce/be hands off with production? Seems like the completely wrong kinda producer for something like this.

Son of Mr. Pain
April 8th 2014


24951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, well, they wanted to flip a bitch on their sound I guess. I can respect that if it's done correctly. This is not.

XingKing
April 8th 2014


14964 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Everyone rating this album a 3+ is delusional



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