Forever the Sickest Kids - The Weekend: Friday
Record Label: Universal Motown
Release Date: November 17th, 2009
You love them or you hate them. There seems to be no gray area for Forever the Sickest Kids. Their first album, Underdog Alma Mater, was a mega hit for their genre. Their follow up, The Weekend: Friday, is the first of a three part EP series instead of one full album. Hopefully the rest of the weekend is better than this Friday which starts out as a party and ends up blacking out. Painfully.
The first few tracks have them back to their signature style. "Do Or Die" is full of catchy hooks and a strong buildup to the chorus. However, the first sign of change from Underdog Alma Mater is definitely the increased synth. "Tough Love" is the first mishap of the weekend. The absolutely awful vocals in the first ten seconds already take much of the appeal out of the song. If you can get past those first ten seconds, the song isn't terrible, but good luck. Luckily, the highlights of Friday are up next. "She Likes" is easily the catchiest song on the album, and even though the chorus is easily a ripoff of about fifty songs out already, you won't forget this song. Friday hits a peak with "Take It Slow". Forever The Sickest Kids moves away from their pop track with a pop-punk song All Time Low wishes they had thought of.
However, this is where the good Friday goes bad. "Hip Hop Chick" is so tremendously bad that you don't think they could get any worse. It's extremely electro heavy with awful lyrics such as "Don't ask me why I'm with/A hip hop chick." Friday rebounds a bit with "What Do You Want From Me". This song is a grower that may take some time to get into. That brings us to the last track, "Hawkbot". This song makes "Hip Hop Chick" seem like a Grammy winning song. It is that horrid. I can't even go on how awful this song is. The band didn't even mention this song on their Alternative Press track by track review. I can see why. It's a pathetic hip-hop song with absolutely no guitar. Just don't listen to this song. There's no point even giving it a chance.
Maybe Forever the Sickest Kids are geniuses. Maybe this is a concept album trying to focus on the progression of a Friday night. Maybe they purposely made the end bad to symbolize where partying hard on a Friday night can go. However, I think we all know that wasn't their intention. If only there was a way to split an EP in half, I'm sure many listeners would get this EP. But, sadly, the monstrosity of "Hawkbot" and "Hip Hop Chick" make the second half of it impossible to even listen to. It's definitely an album to purchase single songs online. Let us hope that Saturday and Sunday have better outcomes.