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Reel Big Fish - Cheer Up (2002) Retail CD
Superb. I'm not a particular fan of ska really, but I have to say this is very, very, very good. And it's very appropriately titled, I can't help but smile when I whack this in my stereo.The band picked a gem of an opener in "Good Thing", for aaaaages this was my favourite song and it's just so good! Everything about it makes you smile, the vocal harmonies are flawless, it's one of those songs that you love, but you're not really sure why. There isn't anything special about it when you break it all down, but as a song with everything together, it gives you a great feeling. Even my mom likes thismore… song! The first 5 tracks are great ska, but not conventional ska at all. You won't find any upstrokes on the top three strings off the beat - the trademark ska style. RBF have really broken the mould with the opening 5 tracks. I love the inventiveness of the songs, really well done guys.Tracks 6 through 8 revert back the usual ska structure, but they're still very good. If you're a hardcore ska fan, you'll appreciate these tracks, but if you don't really like ska-by-numbers, skip the tracks, you've still got some killer tracks to come.It all goes very experimental after track 8. Tributes to different people that have nothing to do with ska pop up in "Rock 'N Roll is Bitchin'" (one for the Kiss fans) and a superb a cappella version of "New York, New York". More inventive ska in "Dateless Losers" - a particular favourite of mine, and "Valerie". Also, "Brand New Hero" (completely stealing the riff out of "By The Way" by the Chili Peppers and shifting up the neck of the guitar slightly) shows us that RBF have taken ska to another level.The real quality of this record lies in the creativity of the Fish in largely ignoring conventional ska methods and techniques, and blown open the possibilities for ska bands - if these guys can fuse together good-time rock 'n roll with chirpy ska, then everyone should start doing it too. Buy it, you won't regret it
|2||Somebody Loved Me|
|3||Ban The Tube Top|
|5||Where Have You Been|
|7||What Are Friends For|
|8||A Little Doubt Goes A Long Way|
|11||Rock N Roll Is Bitchin|
|12||New York New York|
|15||Brand New Hero|
|17||Kiss Me Deadly (Bonus Track)|
|18||Rock It With I (Bonus Track)|
|19||Give It To Me (Hidden Track)|
- Reel Big Fish - Cheer Up (2002) Retail CD
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