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As a long-awaited follow up to their self-titled debut album, FIDLAR have released their new piece of carnage into the world in the form of Too. Firstly, these guys are one of my all-time favourite artists and I have spun their first album countless times, which is why is was so excited to hear what this new material would sound like. I was extremely impressed with the singles that were released for this album, with songs like “Leave Me Alone” and “40oz. On Repeat” seeming to hark back to the old days of FIDLAR, where the drugs flowed and the music was harsh, thrashing and extremely catchy. The song “West Coast”, which was originally released on one of the group’s earlier EPs and included for commercial release on this album, seemed to be such an easily accessible surf-punk jam emulating a really fun loving road trip song.
Going in, I was ecstatic, and while the album did start out with a bang (the second song “Punks” absolutely blew me away as my unmatched song of the album), I was a little tired by the end. The songs seem to merge into each other and the flow is indistinguishably boring from one track to the next. Needless to say the album was extremely top heavy, with the only song really coming forward from the mess in the second half of the album being “Overdose”. It’s easily the saddest and (to a point) quietest song on the album, chronicling one of lead singer Zac Carper’s three overdoses.
The downside to this album is the repetitiveness of the message in the lyrics. A band can only oppose authority and their parents so much before becoming contrived and lame. With that being said, in recent interviews with Carper, he does discuss in depth the shocking horrible series of events that led up to and ultimately influenced the making of this album. There isn’t really much else I can say about this album without explaining the reality of why it was written, which to be honest would just bum you guys out, and that’s not what FIDLAR are about.
My advice, go give this album a listen and just take for what it is—a fun, thrashy piece of modern day surf punk that’s good to have a jam to and will pick your spirits up because FUCK IT DOG LIFE’S A RISK!