Business Up Front/Party In The Back review by Family Force 5

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  • Released: Feb 7, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (40 votes)
Family Force 5: Business Up Front/Party In The Back

Sound — 10
The sound is a mix of hip/hop, pop, rock, industrial, and "crunk" music. It all blends very well, and it gives FF5 one of the most innovative, dynamic, and original sounds out there. I can honestly say that there is no other band out there that sounds quite like FF5. Whether it's dance floor jams (Earthquake, Supersonic), hard, thrashy, loud rock (Love Addict), or a wholly original power ballad (Replace Me), FF5 brings a fresh new sound to the table.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are, as impossible as this is to say, even cheesier than the lyrics off of "Two Lefts Don't Make A Right, But Three Do" by Relient K. Whether it's about being a "Kountry Gentleman," teenage breakups in "Drama Queen," or shaking it like an "Earthquake," these lyrics aren't going to win any Grammys. But hey, the lyrics blend well with the music these guys play. It's like Joe Satriani's vocals on "Is There Love in Space?": they're OK with his style of music, but with any other type of music they would sound horrible. The lead vocalist of the band plays off the vocals well.

Overall Impression — 10
One of the flaws of modern Christian music is that most of it sounds the same. Except for older Christian bands like Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, etc, most modern bands all sound alike. 2006 proved this wrong with two releases: The Elms' "The Chess Hotel" and this CD here. No other Christian (Or mainstream) band sounds quite like this disc does. These guys bring fun, catchy music to a genre that seems to be monotonous. These guys have what appears to be a dynamite sound. Overall, this is a good album. Highly recommended.

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    saw them live in anehiem, best show ever, espicially in a small venue where it was. oh and me and my friends saw chap stick and chatted with him before the show he is cool
    Well, I do agree with the idea that a lot of christian bands sound the same... but i think you would be surprised if you took a closer look. Either way, FF5 is killer.