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Reel Big Fish - We’re Not Happy ’Til You’re Not Happy 
By Kevin Wierzbicki

Not quite a stinker, but this new release from Reel Big Fish is the sound of a band just about out of ideas. Ironically, the two most interesting songs here, although done tongue-in-cheek, are about failing in the music business. On “Don’t Start a Band” singer Aaron Barrett has a dozen reasons to back up his advice, including, “No one will show up, your songs all suck; you won’t get paid, you won’t get laid.” A song about beating the ‘sophomore slump,’ “One Hit Wonderful,” is delivered with an admirable devil-may-care joyousness that belies the song’s desperation. Other than these two, the set list is immediately forgettable, including the three covers added to pad the album’s length. First comes a horrendous cover of Morrissey’s “We Hate it When our Friends become Successful” that would have Mozzy rolling in his grave if he were dead. He might be after one listen. A version of Tracy Chapman’s “Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution” is also ill-advised while there is some redeeming value to RBF’s take on Social D.’s “Story of my Life.” So much for the theory that a ska beat will make anything sound good. RBF is a great party band live and they’ll probably rack up some sales on this one to audience members who’ve tipped a fair share of brewskies. Otherwise it’ll get thrown back. If you do pick up a copy, here’s a hint: put aside about ten minutes to find and listen to the hidden track.

CD Info 

Reel Big Fish - We’re Not Happy ’Til You’re Not Happy
Label: Jive
The Fire
Don’t Start a Band
We Hate it When our Friends become Successful
Turn the Radio Off
Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution
The Bad Guy
Story of my Life
The Joke’s on Me
One Hit Wonderful
Last Show
Say Goodbye
Your Guts (I Hate ‘Em)
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