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Mixing business with fun

CD review of "Business Up Front, Party in the Back"

CD review of "Business Up Front, Party in the Back"

June 05, 2007|by EMILY NELSON

You could describe Family Force 5 as hard-core rock-rap-funk-punk mixed in one big, groovy, good-smelling pot of stew.

This crafty group, hailing from Georgia, gave each other nicknames. Soul Glow Activatur, aka Solomon Olds, sings lead vocals and plays guitar; Crouton, aka Jacob Olds, sings and plays drums; Fatty, aka Joshua Olds, plays bass and sings; Nadaddy, aka Nathan Currin, plays keytar and turntables; and Chap Stique, aka Derek Mount, plays guitar.

In their debut CD, "Business Up Front, Party In The Back," these five creative musicians can't be limited to one genre of music. As the lyrics to the opening song, "Cadillac Phunque," say: "Growing up as a kid in Marietta, I put those beats all into my sampler."

Although some of their riffs sound like they could've come straight off a Rage Against The Machine CD, their rap flow is as powerful as the Beastie Boys'.

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"Supersonic" shows a lot of their sound-effect talents, like the electrified finger snaps in the intro, the buzzing noises, and various, indescribable keyboard and synthesizer sounds throughout the song. My dad is actually a fan of this likeable track. A similar song with a similar vibe is "Numb."

The catchy "Earthquake" is bound to get you stomping and chanting. But not all of their songs have happy lyrics. The tunes "X-Girlfriend," "Drama Queen" and "Replace Me" have unique lyrics but seem to be centered around a girl missed by the songwriter. Soul Glow Activatur sings in "Replace Me": "Desperation, needing you, every last breath, I scream for you."

This whole album is fun and funny, beginning with the album name - it describes the mullet hairstyle. I suggest that you check out this funky masterpiece.

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