Before the Denver-based band Flobots consider having a guest singer appear on an album, maybe they should consider putting the handlebars and training wheels back on its bike.
Or wait for another presidential election to come around.
â€œSurvival Story,â€ the follow up to the bandâ€™s 2008 breakthrough album â€œFight With Tools,â€ might have the band scrambling for survival.
All of the lyrical creativeness that made â€œFight With Tools,â€ a unique blend of hip-hop and alternative rock is completely drained from â€œSurvival Story.â€ Musically, the band presents itself as the Flobots, but throughout the album there are times the band seems to lose itself.
On â€œWhite Flag Warrior,â€ featuring Tim McIlrath from Rise Against, the band implements the use of a banjo, which takes away from the overall anti-war message that the band is trying to convey simply because its annoying.
â€œGood Soldierâ€ and â€œSuperheroâ€ bring plenty of creativeness to the table as far instrumentation goes, but once again, lyrically the Flobots seem to have nothing important to sing.
Overall â€œSurvival Storyâ€ isnâ€™t awful. However, itâ€™s just not quite on the same level of the expectations created by â€œFight With Tools.â€
The lyrical shallowness of the album alone calls into question whether or not this Mile High City six-piece only has a political agenda or if thereâ€™s something beyond the dropping of bombs that gets these incredibly talented musicians going.
Either way, thereâ€™s no handlebar bike tricks coming from this band anytime soon.
Music reviewer Ian Mahan can be reached at email@example.com.