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Bowling For Soup - Fishin' for Woos Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 7
Lyrics 6
Production 9
Creativity 7.5
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 75%
Member Ratings
Vocals 5.5
Musicianship 5.5
Lyrics 5.67
Production 6.33
Creativity 5.67
Lasting Value 5.63
Reviewer Tilt 6.25
Average: 58%
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Bowling For Soup - Fishin' for Woos

Reviewed by: Alex DiVincenzo (05/16/11)
Bowling For Soup - Fishin' for Woos
Record Label: Que-so Records / Brando Records
Release Date: April 26, 2011

I know what you're thinking: "They're still around?"

Yes, not only are Texas' own Bowling for Soup still an active band, but they have just released a new record, Fishin' For Woos. After a ten years and six album with Jive Records, Fishin' For Woos marks the return of Que-so Records. The label was started by the band in 1994 to release their full-length debut, and they've now teamed with Brando Records for their eleventh studio album.

The band once again delivers their upbeat and uplifting brand of polished pop punk. As usual, their spin on the genre features a heavy focus on the pop aspect. While no one would call Bowling For Soup a punk band - you won't find any angst-ridden songs here - what's more anti-establishment than a rock band that sings about happiness?

From the opening pick slide of "Let's Pretend We're Not In Love" to the somber yet bouncy, acoustic closing number, "Graduation Trip," Fishin' For Woos is vintage Bowling For Soup. The album features the catchy tunes fans have come to expect from the band, such as the humorous rocker "Here's Your Freakin' Song" and lead single "S-S-S-Saturday." The ode to everyone's favorite day of the week includes an infectious gang vocal chant.

Speaking of classic Bowling For Soup, the band recorded a new version of "Guard My Heart" for the release. A demo of the song, originally written by basset Erik Chandler, has been floating around online for over a decade now, and frontman Jaret Reddick re-worked the tune. It has a slightly different feel than the rest of the record but manages to fit in.

"Girls In America" is a sugary pop number even by Bowling For Soup standards. Unsurprisingly, the track was co-written with Zac Maloy and Tommy Henriksen, both of whom have worked with some big names in mainstream music. Regardless, it maintains the Reddick's tongue-in-cheek lyrics, such as "American girls, I love how you blow me away / Id like to get inside each of you one day."

"What About Us" slows the tempo with a melancholy tune about love loss, complete with a reference to Weezer's "Undone - The Sweater Song" and a chorus straight out of an '80s power ballad. The album's obligatory ballad, however, is "Turbulence." It's a song that proves that the band can be serious when they want to. Gabriel Mann of The Rescues provides piano and backing vocals, adding a welcomed layer to the heartfelt song.

While certain bands excel at evolving their sound with each release, Bowling for Soup are content with maintaining their tried and true sound. Yes, the guys are pushing 40 and still singing about naive relationships and potty humor some 17 years since they started, but their fans wouldn't have it any other way. And with good reason; after having released upwards of 150 songs, they are still pumping out solid tracks and, perhaps more importantly, having a good time while doing so.

Bowling for Soup are not a band that is meant to be critically dissected; instead, they are one that fans enjoy for their catchy, happy-go-lucky tunes. There is something comforting about a group you can always rely on to put a smile on your face. Mindless? Perhaps. Fun? Unquestionably. With yet another pleasant album in their canon, the band will no doubt continue to receive the woos they desire.

Recommended If You LikeBowling For Soup, pop-heavy pop punk, summer, smiling, fun

www.bowlingforsoup.com
 
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07:02 AM on 05/16/11
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Good review. I wrote one for theywillrockyou.com and basically said some of the same things. I agree, BFS is not a band that has a matured all that much, but they stil pump out fun pop-punk tunes. I enjoyed this album.
07:02 AM on 05/16/11
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good review man, love these dudes
07:50 AM on 05/16/11
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Good review. I wrote one for theywillrockyou.com and basically said some of the same things. I agree, BFS is not a band that has a matured all that much, but they stil pump out fun pop-punk tunes. I enjoyed this album.
Just checked out your review. Really liked the opening analogy.
07:53 AM on 05/16/11
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my favorite is i've never done anything like this, hilarious and catchy
01:03 PM on 05/16/11
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One part you might wanna fix:

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After a ten years and six album with Jive Records...and they've now teamed with Brando Records for their eleventh studio album.
I don't know which is right haha
01:52 PM on 05/16/11
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One part you might wanna fix:


I don't know which is right haha
Six albums with Jive. Eleven total. Meaning five albums that were not released on Jive. Math.
02:05 PM on 05/16/11
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Just checked out your review. Really liked the opening analogy.
Cool. Thanks!
02:11 PM on 05/16/11
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Six albums with Jive. Eleven total. Meaning five albums that were not released on Jive. Math.
Haha thank you.
04:40 PM on 05/16/11
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I feel a woo coming up 'cuz
10:15 PM on 05/16/11
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Not to be critically dissected, because if it was, it would be torn apart.g
08:48 AM on 05/20/11
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Nice
02:01 PM on 05/21/11
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This band also has a little bit of a country vibe to them too. Punk-rock 101 will always be my favorite track by them, it kind of brings a tear to my eye.
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