Bobaflex - "Apologize For Nothing" (CD)
Reviewed by Sundown on August 23, 2005
Apologize for Nothing is Bobaflex’s sophomore album, released on TVT Records. This album is not Bluegrass or Country, which are the types of influence I would have expected from a band who originates from Point Pleasant, West Virginia. In fact the music draws from many different styles and incorporates elements of funk, grunge, metal and hardcore into many of the tracks.
The first song, Six Feet Under, is a straight forward grunge rock tune, with a driving rhythm and hook style riffs during the chorus. Better Than Me is a totally hook driven song, which is also totally addictive; I caught myself singing along after the first chorus; this song is an anthem for all West Virginians and rebellious youth everywhere. The opening for Family is reminiscent of Pink Floyd which then busts into punk rock chorus, than 80’s hair-band guitar solos, making this song a unique track on the album and in music as a whole.
The two songs, Bright Red Violent Sex and Don’t Lie Down with Dogs, are both sexually charged songs, covering themes of consensual S&M, STDs and oral stimulation, all of which are probably the major reason for the Parental Advisory sticker on the corner of the cover. Don’t Lie Down with Dogs being an almost purely funk based rock song with hip hop and R&B style vocals. Medicine and Turn The Heat Up are both reworked songs from Bobaflex’s first album, they both have some different vocal elements and added distortion or engineering which their originals did not have. The ninth track on the album, Guardian, is a hard hitting song with a fat-hook chorus and chunky riffed verses, this is my favorite song on the release, “I start to change now, hey yeah, I’m not the same now, hey yeah,” will stick in my head for a long time.
It is very difficult to classify Bobaflex; they truly blend many styles to create something different. The lyrics are whimsical and wild, though touching on deeper issues, with four of the five members singing different parts throughout the course of the album. The band has a sound reminiscent of many others yet like nothing else I’ve heard. This release has a sound which is accessible to many audiences, every song changes up quickly, with every track being short and tight, all fit for radio or MTV. Perfect for the soundtrack of a future Heavy Metal animated feature.
Highs: Crazy vocal styles
Lows: Two songs are carried over from the first album
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