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Vocals 4.75
Musicianship 5.5
Lyrics 3.5
Production 5
Creativity 1
Lasting Value 1
Reviewer Tilt 1
Final Verdict: 31%
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Family Force 5 - ReAnimated

Reviewed by: thekazeblade (06/18/13)
Family Force 5 - ReAnimated
Record Label: Tooth and Nail/III Entertainment
Release Date: June 18th, 2013


As a rule of thumb, generally remix albums never really rise above the original versions of the songs they are based on. Though there is the occasional remix that may actually improve upon its original version, for the most part they exist simply to approach existing tracks from a different angle simply for the purpose of seeing it from that new angle. As such, what you get as a result can range from fun to absolute garbage, and the difference between them depends entirely upon the strength of the original track, and the talent of the musicians remixing them.

So what happens then, when you take an album that's best songs can, at best, be considered mediocre, and at worst embarrassingly unlistenable, from a band who's last good album was released four years prior and create a remix album for it? Well, when that album is III, and that band is Family Force 5, the answer to the aforementioned question is a complete trainwreck so resoundingly soulless, boring and generic, it actually rounds the corner of depravity and instead introduces a paralyzing calm that isn't worth the effort it takes to conjure an emotion of disgust. Instead, you have what could arguably be considered worse: a remix album that fails to trigger any emotion whatsoever, positive or negative. This is ReAnimated in a nutshell.

If you were to observe FF5's previous stab at a remix album with Dance or Die With A Vengeance as you would a cardiograph, what you would see are moderate highs (D-I-E-4-Y-O-U), and deep lows (Cobra Starship's version of "How in the World) in terms of quality, but overall a fairly typical and harmless remix album. While not great, at least the original album it was based on was enjoyable and fun. What you would see when looking on the same scale for ReAnimated, what you would see is a complete flatline. There are no high points, but there are no particularly contrasting low points either, leaving the album completely forgettable. If I had to hazard a guess as to why this is the case, my answer would be that this is what you get when bad songs are remixed competently (but not fantastically) from a purely technical standpoint. By "technical standpoint" I mean the synths and drum machines all come in when they're supposed to, but they bring no hooks, and actually remove any hooks the original tracks may have had, leaving a shapeless gray blob where an album is supposed to be.

Curiously, while the majority of the album consists of songs from III and its related EP and re-release, two remixes of songs from the band's first LP Business Up Front, Party In the Back are also included. The remix of the song "Love Addict" is a rather depressing reflection on the downturn of quality Family Force 5 has allowed creep into their discography. While the original version was energetic, quirky and attention-grabbing, the remix downplays all of the original's memorable hooks and energy, re-enforcing the now obvious fact that this is only a shell what once was the band Family Force 5. The second Business remix is that of "Put Ur Hands Up" is so purposefully bad, that it actually comes across as somewhat enjoyable in a bitterly laughable way.

There's very little more to be said about this album. Acknowledging that Family Force 5 was never genuinely fantastic, they still used to have a sense of stupid fun about them that it was difficult not to feel their infectious levels of enjoyableness. Now, I find myself feeling like what I can only assume a parent of a teenager does when the kid is brought home by the cops after some crazy party at 3am. The anger and frustration just bottoms out leaving nothing but the quiet resignation that this is what Family Force 5 has chosen to be and nothing I will say can convince them otherwise. Without giving FF5 more credit than they deserve, they were at one point a fairly unique and fun band has resigned itself to trend-following mediocrity to a genre that is quickly dying. All that's left to do is hope that they decide to turn their direction around themselves. Well, I guess their new logo is pretty nice. That's something, right?

Recommended If You LikeReminiscing about the good old days when they didn't suck; dubstep, techno, remix albums


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12:06 AM on 06/20/13
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man what the fuck happened to these guys
12:13 PM on 06/20/13
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I was under the impression that these guys always sucked. I guess I may not have heard their oldest stuff.
07:35 PM on 06/20/13
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I was under the impression that these guys always sucked. I guess I may not have heard their oldest stuff.
I might just be blinded by nostalgia, but I've always enjoyed their first album "Business Up Front, Party In the Back." It was a weird mix of southern rock, hip-hop, techno and screamo. Even if other people don't look at it as objectively "good," it's definitely memorable and unique. I would recommend "Love Addict" and "Replace Me," and if you like those, keep going from there. If not, they probably aren't going to be your thing :)
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I might just be blinded by nostalgia, but I've always enjoyed their first album "Business Up Front, Party In the Back." It was a weird mix of southern rock, hip-hop, techno and screamo. Even if other people don't look at it as objectively "good," it's definitely memorable and unique. I would recommend "Love Addict" and "Replace Me," and if you like those, keep going from there. If not, they probably aren't going to be your thing :)
Exactly what this kid said.
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