Big Fish - Why do the Rock so Hard?
You for Not Moshing
the moment you've all been waiting for.... the followup album
to Turn the Radio OFF! YAY! I know all you ska kids
are going nuggity over this news. The "sellout"
ska band has returned with Why do they Rock so Hard?
and it is another quality work. You can tell they have progressed
over the past few years, afterall they have done a lot in
the meantime. Other than spending time touring, they have
started their movie careers, portraying themselves as the
house band in BASEketball (soundtrack
and put up a cover of A-Ha's "Take on Me" for the
album's title speaks well for the album. Guitar is much more
prominent on this CD, almost making it a rock album with an
added horn section at times. This is not a bad thing though,
as they pull off the sound well, with guitar solos and all.
The horn section has improved greatly in the time since we
last heard the band too. More solos, crazier riffs, and some
cool lip slurs are all here. "Thank You for not Moshing"
sounds more like punk ska than any of their early stuff, close
in style to some of Green Day's more recent work. This is
no shock though, seeing as how RBF offered up their horn talent
for Green Day in their latest work. Although some of the tracks
sound like rock songs, there are still plenty of total ska
tracks as well, especially "You Don't Know" and
"I'm Cool" (which sounds similar to early Sublime).
not lost any of their smartass attitude in the lyrical department
either. My favorite track is "Thank you for not Moshing,"
a song that basically rips on all the hardcore moshers. "When
I'm in the pit / I'm gonna punch and kick / when I'm in the
pit / I'm gonna fuck up shit." They are still cocky as
hell in their lyrics, and I laughed my ass off when I reviewed
are a die-hard ska fan, you already know not to buy this disc,
unless you are different from those I have found. Most die-hard
ska fans hate Reel Big Fish, but if you don't fall into this
category you are sure to love it, especially if you liked
their last album. They have progressed in many ways, and "everything
be sure to listen to the hidden track for some fun extra-curricular
Do They Rock So Hard?
out of 5.0