Family Force 5 – Dance Or Die With A Vengeance

By Tyler H on June-17-2009 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , , , , | Share

Family Force 5 – Dance Or Die With A Vengeance
Score: 2/5Score: 2/5Score: 2/5Score: 2/5Score: 2/52
2.7 (3 votes)

Artist: Family Force 5
Album: Dance or Die With A Vengeance
Release Date: 5/19/09
Label: Tooth and Nail
Reviewed By: Tyler Hess

Tracklisting:

1. Dance Or Die (The Secret Handshake Han Valen Remix)
2. Get Your Back Off The Wall (3OH!3)
3. Rip It Up (The Pragmatic Remix)
4. How In The World (Suave Suarez Remix)
5. Fever (The Toxic Avenger Remix)
6. Party Foul (Sami D’s UVS Remix)
7. D-I-E 4 Y-O-U (RAC Mix)
8. Share It With Me (Smile Future Remix)
9. The First Time (Matt Thiessen Remix)
10. Wake The Dead (Lalipop Remix)
11. Radiator (Jasen Rauch Remix)
12. Ghostride The Whip – Family Force 5 new song
13. Rip It Up alt. Alt Take (Croul-Glo-Activaton Version 2009)
14. How In The World (David Crowder Band uncredited (extra) Mix Ver 2)

When Family Force 5 broke into the scene a few years ago, they had this new and different sound about them that they called crunk rock, with its fast paced, frenetic and just plain craziness music. Their fan base grew exceedingly fast, with their tireless efforts both at shows and through their proficiency of social networking. Just last year they came out with a more danceable version of their sound with their sophomore release, Dance or Die. It was certainly strange thematically, but apparently placed them in some company of similar artists that decided to help them out on this re-mix project.

Asking some pretty well known artists in this newer genre, including 3OH!3 and the secret handshake, as well as the ever reliable Matthew Thiessen of Relient K to re-mix one song each from Dance or Die may help them cross-promote with some of the fans from those other bands. However, as an album this simply fails. Sure, some of these songs work pretty well individually, but as a group they just don’t flow well like the original did. Perhaps it was because each artist did their own song separately, rather than as a collaborative effort, but taken together it sounds like a poor mash up without any sense of purpose. There are too many times where the flow is lost and the fun is just plain halted because someone felt like toying around with the song more than was necessary. If anything, this album says less about Family Force 5 than it does about its friends. You can tell more if you’d like someone else’s band than if you would like Family Force 5 from this album. Personally, I’d rather have new music than something re-done worse than the original.

Overview: Though this may receive some fan fare for those who just want to dance, they are probably better off with the original than with this disjointed mish-mash effort that seems more like a cash grab than a worthwhile artistic effort.

Family Force 5 - Dance Or Die With A Vengeance, 2.7 out of 5 based on 3 ratings

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16 Responses to 'Family Force 5 – Dance Or Die With A Vengeance'

  1. linds4lif says:

    I disagree….I have both the original and re-mix and LOVE them both! But hey that’s your opinion…New music would have been cool, though, I agree with you there :)

  2. RJ says:

    Good review! I completely agree. I have a friend who picked this up and I was skeptical about buying it before I heard it. After I heard his I was sold on not picking it up, lol. The original was way better without a doubt imho.

  3. I saw these guys like a week ago….I dont get it…

  4. Jordan says:

    yay a negative review on IVM haha.

    I dont know if it would be possible but I think it would be cool to display the album scores along with their thumbnails on the right side of the website. I like seeing each album over there but it would be cool to see the score. it would probably lure people into reading the articles more also if they saw the score.

    buzzgrinder dot com does this and it definitely draws my attention.

  5. Josue W. says:

    This cd really sucks. Well, they really suck after they release their first album. One of the worst cds of 2009 so far.

  6. Brian F. says:

    I agree that the album doesn’t flow nearly as well as the original, but I still very much enjoy this album, and I think it deserves much more than 4/10. This blows most remix albums out of the water. But I’m sure you’re rating it as an album, not necessarily as a remix album. Still, better than a 4 IMO.

  7. wolve says:

    yeah this album sucks.

  8. Brandon says:

    I’m honestly surprised that this style is so popular.

  9. isaac says:

    I cannot relate to this. I’ve tried, but to no avail. Too many of my favorite bands break up or start to suck eventually, and bands that are musically vaporous and meaningless take up the whole spotlight. Maybe those two things are connected, but it’s hard to be an optimist when this is the norm.

  10. fusse says:

    back from over a week of hiatus! Jordan: technically not possible with the current system how the articles are published :( sorry. good idea though.

  11. jon says:

    this band sucks plain out

  12. daguitarmaster says:

    i think that this album is great. the original DOD is definately better, but these were remixes that other artists did. what do you expect? try making brittany spears do an as i lay dying song. wouldnt be the same, no, but it would be awesome to hear!

  13. Levi G says:

    I guess I grew out of these guys or something, but I have no problem with people liking them. By far one of the best live acts making rounds in Christian circuits that I’ve seen. They’ve never been good at lyrics, but their music is solid and catchy.

  14. schlottermann says:

    I’m not really a fan of the entire album, but I do like the Secret Handshake mix of Dance or Die. Maybe next they’ll move out of the 80’s and into the 90’s sounds of The Brothers. *sarcasm*

  15. DJ B.K. says:

    Meh, not a fan of the remixes but still a big fan of the band in general.

  16. Chris says:

    Ah, Family Force 5, the reigning kings of Christian Auto-Tune.

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