On Family Force 5’s third full-length album, conveniently titled III, it seems like the band has hit something of a wall. The first two albums were great pop albums filled with catchy tunes that had cheesy yet memorable lyrics, all wrapped up with an intense amount of passion. III has a few tracks that are catchy, but the cheesy lyrics that aren’t quite as memorable this time around, and for about half the album, lack the passion, intensity, and loudness that the group is known for. Although this isn’t a bad album, the songs move in a hit or miss fashion.
Album opener “Can You Feel It” packs the loudness, intensity, and passion that the group is so well known for, featuring heavy dance beats and screeching Steven Tyler-esque vocals provided by Soul Glow Activatur. It’s a pop song at its best and a great addition to the catalogue of Family Force 5 signature sounds. Plus, you just have to love the incredibly cheesy yet witty line, “Your haterade is pourin’/ It tastes like Krypto-Light.” Hit.
Immediately following such an exciting track, the band placed the highly unmemorable “Paycheck” in the number two spot. Not only is it not very exciting musically, but it is lyrically stupid. Musically, the song starts with a catchy beat, but never really builds to anything, and this beat gets old fast. Lyrically, it has the corny factor without the wit. It is a song all about being broke, and overall sounds whiny and pessimistic. Miss.
Next up, “Wobble,” though not brilliant lyrically, has a catchy beat, and is overall just a fun track. It is meant to be a dance track, and fulfills its purpose well. The song is similar to many of the best songs from Business Up Front/ Party in the Back and features the catchy tag line, “Lemme see you wobble,” which will stick with the average Family Force 5 fan. This track is also a good introduction to the band for new fans. Hit.
Skipping down a few tracks, “Tank Top” is potentially one of the most annoying songs released in 2011. An accurate comparison is the song “Doggy Bounce,” at the end of Flight of the Conchords Season 1. Though this track is comedic genius and adds to the humor of the show, it isn’t quite as funny when an artist puts something that almost sounds the same on their actual album. Stupid, repetitious, and it has the line, “Hey, yo, tank top/ Make that tail drop.” Miss. Total miss.
The album ends on a great note, seemingly to apologize for the bad and mediocre songs. Closer “Get On Outta Here” is yet another excellent dance track with an off-putting yet catchy dance beat. This song has the intensity and excitement that makes it an album best. Hit. Complete hit.
Though it isn’t a bad album, III is overall lacking, but does have a few excellent tracks.