Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CD Review: Reel Big Fish Sing About Revenge With "Candy Coated Fury"

California ska/punk band Reel Big Fish return with their seventh studio album, “Candy Coated Fury.” It is the band’s first release of new original material in over five years and deals indirectly with the subject of relationships. The one thing with this album, is that Reel Big Fish never lost their sense of humor when singing about breakups and friendships lost.

The fourteen song release begins with the up-tempo ska beats of “Everyone Else Is An Asshole” with full blown horns and “tongue in cheek” humor. The punk feel of “She’s Not The End Of The World” tackles the subject of dealing with a break-up, while the funk horns of “Don’t Let Me Down Gently” give the cover song a great old-school ska feel. The highlight of the album is the duet of “I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore,” as singer Aaron Barrett comes as close as possible to a love song with some great one liners. Their California sound comes out on the west coast beats of “Your Girlfriend Sucks,” as the band pays tribute to Madness with “Don’t Stop Skankin.” The album closes with a cover of When In Rome’s “The Promise” which ends on a mellow note.

Reel Big Fish are currently in the middle of a European tour, but look for more U.S. dates to be announced soon. Please visit for more information.

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