Just like The X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, Bowling For Soup have returned for another bout of fame but, unlike Strictly and Shite-Factor, I’m happy for their return. Sadly, this may well be BFS‘s final album, at least that we’ll see live in the UK, as they’ll no longer be touring here after October. Now, I completely understand this as the band members are becoming a bit long in the tooth to be spending months on end overseas in a cramped tour bus and staying up all hours. Nevertheless, it’ll be sad to see them avoid Britain like the drunk girl at a party.
‘Lunch. Drunk. Love.’ is album number 12 from these Texan punk rockers and it takes BFS into the realms of doom metal. The drop-tuned, dark riffs create this ominous atmosphere that haunts you for the duration of the album. This, accompanied by Jared‘s terrifying, throat tearing screams are those that are found in your wrost nightmares. Nah, I’m just kidding. Like always, ‘Lunch. Drunk. Love.’ is more of the default BFS sound of well written pop-punk melodies.
Compared to the band’s earlier albums, ‘Lunch. Drunk. Love.’ is way more mature that their other releases, with the majority of the album consisting of rock anthems and power ballads. There are still the happy-go-lucky chirpy numbers like ‘Normal Chicks’ and ‘From The Rooftops’, but even those are still high brow considering they’re from the same band that brought you ‘My Wena’. It makes sense considering the age of the band and what their influences are.
Though the songs are all well-written, ‘Lunch. Drunk. Love.’ is still a case of more of the same. After 12 albums, the drinking references and raspberry blowing are just annoying and have lost nearly all of their charm. There are no ‘1985’‘s or ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’‘s on this album, not by a long shot, but that doesn’t make it a write-off though. This album isn’t exactly essential listening, however, it is a pleasant listen with some really well-written, heartwarming songs. I imagine BFS as the old guy at the bar who won’t shut up, but in this case, you should listen to what he has to say because, despite his age, he really has something pretty decent to offer.
If you’re interested in listening to the more mature and softer side of BFS then take a listen to the power ballad tracks, like ‘How Far Can This Go’, ‘And I Think You Like Me Too’ and ‘Circle’. Then just bask in their loveliness.
Written by Andy Roberts
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