Sound — 7
The new record from the Texas based pop punk, happy go lucky band, Bowling For Soup leaves much to be desired. I spent most of high school listening to these guys after hearing them for the first time on NHL 2001 (I think it was) playing Punk Rock 101. From there on in, I was hooked. I almost tabbed the entire "Great Burrito Extortion Case" but I have no plans for this train wreck. The use of synth becomes almost too much to bare. They do stick true to the pop-punk guitar and drum patterns but its over shadowed by the overuse of keyboards. Cut out the synth and terrible lyrics and you'd swear it was actually them but that ship has sailed I guess.
Lyrics — 3
The lyrical content on this album has to be the biggest let down. After hearing the first track, "Really Cool Dance Song" I threw up a tiny bit in my mouth. It basically uses the same format as one of Eminem's humorous songs which are awful. This comes as a shock because BFS was known for there heartfelt ballads and upbeat attitudes but now they seem to be missing any sincerity whatsoever. Jaret's voice is still exactly the same as on the other 7 albums that came before this and thats the only positive thing I can say about it. Nonsense ideas, voice overs and little children talking are not what I expected. Get it together guys.
Overall Impression — 5
Sorry For Partyin' comes no where close to pretty much every song they have released in the past, including B-Side recordings and cover songs. I'd rather listen to the cover of "London Bridge" by Fergie than the majority of the songs presented here, which says alot. Two songs I can stomach are "BFFF" and "Me With No You" and this is only because they mimic their old style. The best thing about this album has to be the cover art because these guys are still the masters of the photo-op. It's really discouraging that I wasted several months anticipating this record just to be stripped of my faith in owning another collection of songs to pick me up when I'm down. I'd say I'm a massive fan of BFS (or was) and even I didn't enjoy this, so skip this one if you just think they're "Okay". I'll take "Drunk Enough To Dance" or even "A Hangover You Don't Deserve' thank you. Sigh.