By Brandon J. on October-17-2011 | Filed under News | Tags : 3, Cheddar, Cheese, Crunk, Electro, Family Force 5, III, pop | Share
Stream the entire Family Force 5 “III” album right here on AOL. Thoughts? [Thanks iamjustin]
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my head hurts
Musically, it’s fun and interesting. Lyrically, it is barely a step above Ke$ha.
I second this. I love the music, but this is a drop from their already not-to-deep lyrics. Now it’s strictly about girls and partying apparently, other than “Not Alone”.
I’ve got better things to do. Even jesusfreakhideout only gave it two and a half stars.
I quit trusting album reviews on JFH a long time ago.
That’s funny. I almost always agree with JFH’s reviews.. sometimes word for word. Am I still allowed here? :)
Haha nah bro, you’re good. I still go there to get others’ opinions, but I take it with a grain of salt. There are times I really disagree with them such as with Seventh Time Down and Ashes Remain (both still get heavy play from me), but there also other times where we agree (case in point, Oh, Sleeper, Switchfoot, and Needtobreathe).
I sort of stopped paying attention to JFH after they reviewed Derek Webb’s Stockholm Syndrome a 2. But I still check back every few weeks to see what they’re digging.
I read JFH just because I like reading reviews. I usually disagree with the majority of their reviews and I think they are overly positive to bigger artists. Thus my surprise that they gave this such a poor review. Seems like the lyrical content has let FF5 down.
Eko, I wrote the review. Although you might not have liked the review or myself as a reviewer in gereral, there are still great writers on JFH (and those who like SS). Thanks for dropping by as much as you do.
All of the writers are great, very professional. I meant absolutely nothing against you as a writer, I have read many of your reviews and they are all great and very well written. I just disagree with a lot of the ratings and such and SS is one of my favorite albums. JFH has gotten me into a number of fantastic albums, some of which were likely recommended by you.
I agree with Iaya97. I still love You Got It though. imo best song on the album.
I am sure they are a great group of guys and a fun band to see live but I just can’t get into this album. There are many albums by different artists that I personally don’t “dig” in the Christian market. Some of these albums I am vocal about and others I just quietly turn the channel so to speak. Some of the “cheese” and “cheddar” comments/tags are just little sarcastic jabs and nothing serious. I am sure these guys mean well with their music. We all have our personal tastes right? You guys aren’t all going to LOVE my favorite albums and vice versa. That’s what we call an “opinion”. I am just glad that I don’t have to review this for IVM because well, the score would be super low.
I for one don’t think that you should be able to voice your own opinion ON YOUR OWN BLOG.
Sarcasm aside, I think you do a great job covering all kinds of artists, whether they’re cheesy or not. Oh, and Family Force 5 announced that they will be recording a “3.5″ deluxe edition, surprising no one. You should definitely see FF5 live, though; it might make you a fan.
Maybe I’ll get that chance someday, hopefully.
liked them for a very short time after hearing some songs at my cousins house, but lost any taste for them after delving just into the surface of their lyrics, and then i didn’t consider them a christian band, and for me this has only re established that. Im disappointed in this band, i saw them with david crowder, francesca battastelli (probably didn’t come close to spelling that right) and a few other christian bands, it felt like a completely different show then when the other artists were playing. these guys could have the musical prowess of oh sleeper (i know not the same genre, but talent-wise) and i would still give them a 0/10.
Could have. oh. phew I thought you said you thought FF5 had the musical prowess of OS for a second.
haha, just realized i’d think i said that too at first if i didnt know :P and there are very few bands that can do what oh sleeper can musically.
I just finished this album all I can say is the album as a whole isn’t that good but there’s a few good songs good on this album mainly because weren’t cheesy. Also saying lyrically a step above Kesha is a little harsh more like a step below of Flight of the Conchords. If I could give this band advice write more serious stuff and if your going to continue with the sound you have now ditch the guitar player because i can barely hear any.
Don’t compare FF5 to Flight of the Conchords. “Albi the Racist Dragon” is storytelling in it’s most brilliant form. :)
If it wasn’t clear that ff5 sucks after dance or die, it’s pretty clear now.
Shameless self promotion alert; I have a review up on my blog, and I would love to hear any thoughts.
Hahaha! “Shameless self promotion alert.” This is what every obnoxious youtuber should say when they’re pestering people to see their videos.
Sometimes, one should just turn off their brain when listening to music. All in all, this music is for fun. Take it as that.
Hey look here guys I’m sick and tired of everybody dogging Family Force 5′s new album III. Family Force 5 did great on this album, Could the lyrics be more “spiritual”? Yes, could they of released another album similar to BUFPITB or DOD? Yes! But Family Force 5 has always been about having a Good time and they, unlike most bands nowadays actually change up their style of music Which is a Great thing b/c I get sick and tired of hearing to same kind of music over and over again from a band. This Cd is great overall, its different and very catchy. So Ignore the whole not enough “spiritual” lyrics b/c their are whole bunch of other “Christian” bands that don’t what so ever talk about God what so ever. So GREAT job FF5! Keep the Party Alive!
Thanks for getting this crap straight, dude. III isn’t their best work, but it’s definitely a lot better than a lot of the junk on iTunes nowadays.
I like the cd. I pre-ordered it because I loved their first two cd’s. I know they don’t have the deepest lyrics, but that wasn’t my complaint. My only thing is the difference between fun party music, and the same trash that is played constantly on the average radio station. I’m not saying they’ve gone that far, but I am a little worried. I still love FF5. I’m actually going to one of their concerts next month.
Look. I loved FF5′s first album, thought their second album was decent, but this album just isnt that great for me. musically. You Got It and Not Alone are really the only tracks I care for. Get on Outta Here sounds like a bad remix of some cruddy song, dang girl is a good party track but it’s also my biggest lyrical complaint. Although I will say I appreciated the effort with the screams on ‘Can You Feel It’ but it still just wasn’t that great. The other songs really just kind of bored me… :P
Look, if you guys hate FF5 so much, quit posting about it. This is actually not that bad of an album.
So we should only discuss music we do like and pretend like music we care less for doesn’t exist?
I guess I’ll just go continue “hardcore dancing to my generic metalcore stuff” lol
hahaha i love that line
“OMG let’s all jump on any thread about Family Force 5 and make fun of them, it’ll be great!”
Btw, I dig this album because I’ve been waiting for a FF5 album for so long. They’re my favorite “fun” band to listen to. I love them, but there’s only certain times when I actually do listen to them. I didn’t pre-order the album because I was worried about how it would turn out, but after streaming it I’m definitely going to purchase it.
Sometimes I just need a break from my regular rotation of La Dispute, Listener, Showbread, House of Heroes, and From Indian Lakes, ya know?
it’s one thing when you don’t care for the genre….. for example, to me, Oh Sleeper sounds like a gang of transvestite men beating the crap out of eachother with shovels & farm equipment, resulting in all of them throwing up on one another. But i would NEVER critisize the integrity of Oh Sleeper as far their lyrics or personal lives go, that’s between them & the lord. Just as it is between FF5 & God… there are plenty of bands in the Christian (blackhole) Market that never mention God, Jesus, or even have spiritual centered lyrics. Good examples might be…. let’s see, probly 75% of the artist that have come from Tooth&Nail or SolidState! I won’t get on here & say that MxPx or UnderOath isn’t christian enough… that’s stupid & silly. As far as FF5′s music goes….”III” is an awsome addition to the dance/hiphop/crunk/lovesongs for hipsters genres…. if you are not interested in any of these genres, what gives you the credentials to critique or review this album?? you wouldn’t want me to give my take on an Oh Sleeper album would you?
one of my favorite bands reviewed on this site is sleeping giant, and if i remember there were a few who criticized them negatively in the comments of kingdom days, but i feel that’s part of what this site is. I like the fact you can read a review by the staff then read a lot more reviews in the comments. I gave my opinion on this band, and never challenged there relationship with God personally, just their lyrics based on what is said about their topics in the bible, since this is a christian site, there will be debates about that here. I didn’t read everyone’s post word for word, but it seems they all kept their opinions on the music and not the guys personally.
Well of course not, but that doesn’t mean we have the right to stop you if you wanted to do that. But even if we don’t have the “credentials to critique or review” an album, we are still entitled to our opinion and the right to give it just as you are if you chose to critique or review an album/artist in a genre you didn’t care for. And nobody here is criticizing the band members for their personal lives. There’s a difference in criticizing a band’s lyrics and criticizing their relationship with Christ, which none (for the most part) of us are doing. We’re giving our opinion on our personal perception of their lyrics/music. If we don’t think the lyrics are spiritual enough, that’s cool because it’s our opinion. Does that mean you have to agree with our opinion? No. But that’s what sites like this are all about. We tell what we like about some albums, and what we don’t like about others.
Don’t really understand the comparison between Oh, Sleeper and transvestite men beating each other with shovels and farm equipment. Why not just normal men beating each other? Was that necessary? I’d argue no.
obviously you’ve never heard transvestite men beating each other with shovels and farm equipment…
i love this album, top to bottom, good stuff!
Disappointment to me. Loved their past two albums, but not impressed with this one. Lyrical content aside, one of the highlights of FF5 is their energy, but this album sounded too much like the same mellow beat with only a couple songs that had barely any energy.
coming from someone who really liked their debut a lot, this is really, really bad.
It ain’t Dance or Die, but you gotta love the “Wobble.”
My favorite song is definately You Got It. And i really like the acoustic version that they put on youtube a few months back.
Only two tracks of this album manage to hold my attention which is a bit of letdown, I was really hoping for another solid FF5 release. I kinda hoped that this album would bridge the gap between “Business Up Front/Party in the Back” and “Dance or Die” but this wasn’t it. You Got It and Paycheck are both great songs though. The rest of the album has some moments, but the album just seemed to drag on for me. I’ll give it a month or so and give it another shot to see what I think then.
This album is weak.
FF5 has started a Kickstarter-like thing for…I really don’t know. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/familyforce5
It seems to be for a new EP called *shudders* “Junk in the Trunk”. Apparently “containing 5 tracks from our past including demos, original recordings and unreleased music”. I’m past caring at this point. Until they make an album full of songs like “Face Down” and “Replace Me”, I’m not interested.
…..wait I’m confused they’re raising money to release a demo that was already recorded? Or…mostly already recorded? Or…wat?
Sounds like they are just doing this to suck as money as they can out of their fans. Pretty weird.
Benny Hinn told them to do it. ;)
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