Sound — 9
To start off the review, I'm going to make mention of the sad fact that nobody has reviewed this gem of an album yet. While some may claim that ska is dead, this album proves those people wrong completely. Big D And The Kids Table aren't trying to change the face of music with this album, they are writing fun happy music from the heart. This album has exactly the type of sound that any type of ska fan will love. The album opens up with "Steady Riot," a catchy tune that shapes the serious yet fun mood of the album. As soon as it's over, "Noise Complaint" kicks in. This is just a fun happy type of song that makes you want to skank untill your knees break. "Shining On" promotes general happiness while telling a story, and is a standout track. "Souped-Up Vinyl" is my favorite track on the album personally. Filled with punk-esk verses and a great catchy chorus. From there, every song has it's own way of making you love ska.
Lyrics — 8
The album, lyrically, is extremely dynamic. Songs like "Hell On Earth" speak of tolerance to others. "Try Out Your Voice" speaks about your right and duty to vote. Once again, "Shining On" promotes happiness, how can you not like it? Dave just speaks his mind with his lyrics, and if you choose to listen, you won't be upset at all.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this is an album any ska fan must have. This is their best album to date. It's just a fun happy album that's easy on the ears. They shift styles flawlessly. Obviously, if your not a ska fan already this might not convert you, although it could. This is just a premium buy that won't ever have to leave your CD player. Every song brings it's own story, uniquely told and musically solid.