Bowling for Soup
A Hangover You Don't Deserve


2.0
poor

Review

by SandbitchButthole USER (19 Reviews)
June 20th, 2016 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forgive and forget.

Whenever someone plays a song by Bowling for Soup, I get chills. Not the kind of chills you’d want to get. More like the chills you get when someone pours ice water down the back of your shirt. Their inescapable presence in the mid-2000s came to a head with 2004’s A Hangover You Don't Deserve, an album so one-note that its catalog of 18 songs couldn’t even get the band a second hit. I assume everyone snapped out of their delirium and realized that music had more to offer than this. So thankfully, the band’s reign over the Top 40 ended mercifully quick around 2006. And while a part of me wants to leave this album to the tar pits like everyone else has, I wish to return to this album one last time before it slips back into the deep recesses of my lizard brain.

The album starts off with the ever-annoying Almost and the first thing you’ll notice when you hit play on A Hangover You Don't Deserve is that the lyrics are as lowest common denominator as pop could get:

”I almost got drunk at school at 14, where I almost made out with the homecoming queen, who almost went on to be Miss Texas, but lost to a slut with much bigger breastes.”

See, using the word “almost” in every line may have seemed like a good idea on paper, but in practice it's almost unbearable. And if that “breastes” line didn’t make your skin crawl, I applaud you. The instrumentation doesn’t help much at all, what with that simplistic guitar work that’s all too familiar in the world of pop punk. I’m not saying that the music is necessarily bad here. It has a few moments of catchy hooks or an okay line. It’s just that so much of it is so bare-bones and it all blends together after a certain point.

Lets be honest with ourselves, people only bought this album for one thing and one thing only: the single. The only way a rock album so devoid of talent could’ve went Gold back in 2004 was if there was an earwormy single attached. The song 1985 fits that description quite well, and I’d be a liar if I said it wasn’t catchy as all hell. But even this song ticks me off. You see, 1985 was actually first recorded by forgotten pop punk band SR-71, meaning Bowling for Soup’s only decent song wasn’t even theirs, minus a few lyric changes. The original was no masterpiece by any means, but it just goes to show you that even one of the few highlights on this relatively dim album can still disappoint me in some manner. That, my friends, is the power of this album; nay, this band as a whole.

The bulk of the album is about unfruitful love, as many songs here have our leading man dealing with breakups with borderline psychopaths who spend his money, give him the finger, throw fits, and make him get on his knees and beg them for their forgiveness. Now, I can understand why lead singer Jaret Reddick would be drawn to writing about this topic. Perhaps he wanted to tap into the “dudes-who-blame-women-for-their-problems” market, a demographic that musicians from every era have dove into from time to time. And that’s all well and good, but Bowling for Soup is not charismatic enough to pull that shtick off.

While I do sympathize with people caught in a very unhealthy relationship, writing an entire album surrounding it is not a good idea. But the singer (or whoever’s perspective these songs are meant to be in) also contradicts himself a lot on this album, acting as if he doesn’t need love on some of the tracks while others have him wailing like a lover scorned. It’s very jarring having one song dedicated to dumping someone when the next is about you pining for your lover to come back to you.

All in all, Bowling for Soup’s A Hangover You Don't Deserve is exactly what you’d expect: very generic 2000s pop punk, and its aged like milk. While it’s not necessarily terrible my any means, it has plenty annoying lines, unnecessary swearing, and weak musical performances to send it below mediocrity in my eyes. But that’s still not enough for me to hate it. My best advice to you when you give this album a spin is not to think about it. Don’t tear your hair out over how dumb this album is, because it’s not worth it. It's background noise for a depressing party or a particularly upbeat funeral. Unless there’s a wave of 2000s nostalgia sometime in the near future, I don't see Bowling for Soup coming back. Just forgive them of their trespasses and move on. You’ll feel a lot better afterwards.



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SandwichBubble
June 20th 2016


9252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Usually I wouldn't waste my time reviewing an album that's already been reviewed, but the other review of this album doesn't seem to be that popular.

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onionbubs
June 20th 2016


10785 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol the dos rec

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DinosaurJones
June 20th 2016


10031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Man, this really is a pretty terrible album. Almost is a catchy song, but yeah, the lyrics are awful. I used to be kind of into this band, but they were always lower tier to me. Now, I find all of their music to be rather irritating.

SandwichBubble
June 20th 2016


9252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@DinosaurJones At least you've rectified your mistake. I have friends in their 20s who still like Bowling for Soup unironically.

onionbubs
June 20th 2016


10785 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

theyre really good at being annoying.



theres not one song without some stupid line that pisses me off from them. and their vocalist is one of the worst in the genre.

SandwichBubble
June 20th 2016


9252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

their vocalist is one of the worst in the genre




You're not wrong about that, but pop punk vocals all blend in together for me. They're borderline indistinguishable as lyricists and vocalists.

onionbubs
June 20th 2016


10785 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

nah there are plenty of groups that stand out

SandwichBubble
June 20th 2016


9252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@onionbubs Maybe more modern pop punk is okay (I wouldn't know), but 2000s pop punk was mediocre at best (with a few exceptions, of course).



I guess I shouldn't make blanket statements. I rescind.

DinosaurJones
June 20th 2016


10031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There was a lot of generic pop-punk for sure. And there still is. But there's definitely some standouts, yeah.

BlackLlama
June 20th 2016


2177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Boo! This is their funnest record. Ohio is possibly one of my favorite BFS tunes.

glorybox94
June 21st 2016


967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dude the lyrics to trucker hat are god awful.

CaimanJesus
June 21st 2016


3739 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4eQb0vP3lQ
So this exists

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onionbubs
June 21st 2016


10785 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol forgot they did that. god the more i think about this band the more i hate them lol

TheMoonchild
June 21st 2016


1128 Comments


These guys to me are the Electric Six of pop punk.

Outside of the obvious novelty, I never got the idea of taking music like this (silly for the sake of it) being enjoyed unironically... especially by people over the age of 15.

BlackLlama
June 21st 2016


2177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How can anyone hate on the Phineas and Ferb theme song? Shame on you good sir. Shame on you.



"I never got the idea of taking music like this (silly for the sake of it) being enjoyed unironically... especially by people over the age of 15"



I don't know how old you are. I'm nearing 40 and I love music like this for the sheer fact that I don't have to think about it. Yes, I enjoy prog, death, ambient, etc. as much as the next internet hipster. Sometimes though I want music I can sing along and play steering wheel drums in my car to. Hair metal and pop-punk scratch that itch nicely.

TheMoonchild
June 21st 2016


1128 Comments


I'm 24 and enjoy pretty much everything.

I like novelty music, that is if there's something more to it than just that- The Darkness to me is a perfect example. They've got talented musicians and Justin Hawkins has one awesome voice... yet their songs are so silly and at times downright stupid that you just have to love the sheer irony on display. But if your music exists solely on novelty then there's a problem. If it's just "look how funny we are and people love us because of it!", well, good on you that people enjoy your music, but what else is there to it??? I can appreciate that the song "Get Your Hands Off My Woman" is basically just a song-length excuse for Justin Hawkins to scream "motherfucker" at the top of his lungs, but there's catchy riffs and excellent talent surrounding it to make it memorable.

BlackLlama
June 21st 2016


2177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm sure I probably said the same thing at your age to the people that were loving on bands like Creed and Staind. Back then it was tantamount to suicide to play that shit around me.



Of course, it still is hahaha. As much as I have come full circle on a few bands I still can't stand the entire "butt" rock genre.

ArsMoriendi
June 21st 2016


25034 Comments


Is this the album with the Satan spawn known as "1985" on it?

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BlackLlama
June 21st 2016


2177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Her dreams went out the door, when she turned 24 m/

DinosaurJones
June 22nd 2016


10031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

BFS have had a few songs that I don't mind, but as a whole, I don't think they're that great.



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