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Truth And Soul

Fishbone

1988

Truth And Soul

Album Summary

Truth and Soul is the second album by American funk-rock and ska band Fishbone. It was released on September 13, 1988. As is typical of the band's history of music the album features a wide array of genres including punk, ska, reggae, soul, funk, and blues. Additionally, Truth and Soul includes the band's earliest foray into hard rock and heavy metal music. The album begins with a cover version of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead", originally from the soundtrack to the film Super Fly.

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Rating

2.87

Votes

4691

Genres

  • Metal
  • Funk
  • Reggae
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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Fuck me, what an assault on every one of my senses this is. I guess you aren't supposed to take it seriously, so I won't. A helter-skelter of magic, colour and bonin' in the boneyard. One of those 80s albums where they just threw everything at it and hoped for the best. Freddie's dead. Wild. Truth and Soul.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

Fishbone does something new and unexpected on TRUTH AND SOUL (…he notes about this 33 year old album…) mixing metal, ska, soul, funk and punk with reckless abandon creating something fresh, surprising and really fun! I already knew the opening song “Freddie’s Dead,” but definitely not this funk/metal version. A great cover that retains the spirit of the original but is definitely their own. “Ma and Pa” is one of the best songs about divorce I’ve ever heard. I loved the little calliope-like descending note thing suggestive of a carnival. This interesting little embellishment reappears in later songs. The horn-forward, jaunty “Question of Life” is a ska/funk song exploring the relationship between God and man with some great saxophone. A funky fun look at a heavy subject! “Pouring Rain” is one of the albums slower songs that took a couple of listens for me to fully appreciate. “Deep Inside” goes full punk-metal-ska rebellion complete with screams challenging the squares (“plus you’ve got a blender by General Motors and a Tonka toy up your ass”). “Mighty Long Way” could almost be a great 80s TV theme in a good way (some of my favorite songs are 80s TV themes!). Great lead guitar and an upbeat, positive message about friendship. “Bonin’ in the “Boneyard” opens with fantastic funk bass and horns and comes complete with dog bark breaks. This song really smokes - made me really want to see Fishbone perform live! Funk and metal come together in the service of societal inequality in “One Day.” Great little sonic embellishments pepper this song — tick-tock sounds, a pinball-type effect, traffic noises — along with a surprising but really cool metal guitar solo. Looking for a ska/metal/punk/funk/out-of-control-carousel song warning quite directly of what is currently happening in the US? Then have a look at the sublime “Subliminal Fascism.” Incredible! “Slow Bus Movin’” addresses racism in America with a great chorus and some B-52s-esque backups. ‘Round and around and around they go, bus been going mighty slow, Brothers in the back seat come to the front, People gettin' hostile wanna kill someone.” It’s been 33 years. This bus been going mighty slow indeed. Another highly-topical fantastic-sounding song “Ghetto Soundwave” tackles police shootings and poverty in Fishbone’s funk/ska style. Fantastic song. TRUTH AND SOUL sticks the landing on a message of hope with ”Change.” A sharp sonic departure from the rest of the album, this mostly acoustic guitar song would make a perfect campaign theme. Fishbone is inarguably an incredibly talented group effortlessly able to blend a wide range of styles with great hooks and interesting, highly topical lyrics. It is filled with musical surprises that make the album even better. TRUTH AND SOUL is a great time and I will be back for more!

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Fri May 28 2021
4

The black ska band from the 80s that all the white ska bands from the 90s copied. Are we surprised? One of my favorite things about this whole 1001 albums thing is finding all the predecessors and progenitors. I like how *FUN* this album is. It's sassy, it's naughty, it's just some boys playing around on their trombones. It probably gets a 4.5 from me. 4 seems too low (I've really been tossing out 4s a little too easily), but 5 seems a bit too high. It's not as polished as it could be.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

This is an weird mix of rock and ska/reggae, but once you get used to it it's actually rather pleasant. It was unexpected, fun to listen to, and I ended up liking more than I expected.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

Excuse me, I am too busy to write any notes about this album because I'm building a time machine so I can go kick my college-age self in the hiney and tell her to pick up a Fishbone cassette or two. She would have really loved this album. Listening to this was a wild ride! Such a range of styles. No two songs are alike: there were spoodly metal guitar solos, some funky ass bass, soulful keys and horns, ska rhythms and danceable beats, and some swoon-inducing twelve-string guitar. Fun tunes with lyrics to match but also upbeat songs that belie their serious social justice lyrical content. I had a great time listening to this and will listen again and again to make up for lost time.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

I have loved this band for a long time now, and the fact that they were around for the punk scene in the late 80's early 90's here in los angeles is amazing. great music, amazing band

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

This album is a roller coaster ride. You would never guess that it was all the same album. My favorites are the ska song Ma and Pa and the funk tune Bonin in The Boneyard - btw, what a song name! The guitarist sounds like he is simultaneously trying to sound like Earl Slick and Eddie Van Halen. This of course isn’t possible but he sounds good trying. Some of the stuff, like Subliminal Fascism, doesn’t work for me but that comes with the territory with so much genre hoping. The next tune Slow Bus Movin' brings me back. The one bizarre thing is that the bass seems to be mixed way too far in the background. Many of these genres need the bass more up front. I tried to bring it forward as best I could with my amp but that doesn’t negate the production. Perhaps it’s due for remastering.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Pleasent surprise. Sounds like King X and Faith No More. I had no idea that band existed.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Not a band I’m familiar with and after listening to this I feel I’ve not been missing out much. A poor man’s Meatloaf, if there is such a thing it’s Fishbone. I realize I may have offended 2 sets of fans with that and for that I’m sorry.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

An interesting mix of Reggae and rock influences that tries but misses the mark. Marred by overlong arrangements, dated synths, and questionable vocals.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
1

This fusion of rock, metal, punk, ska and jazz produces the worst of all worlds. Cringe-worthy

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

Me encanta el disco, tiene una mezcla de estilos perfectamente combinada, y teniendo tanto Ska es un logro mayúsculo.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

I’m pretty sure this album sucks to most people, and my memories listening to it were fantastic. Love this one!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Awesome, eclectic, fun.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

One of the first all-black crossover bands, and one of the most influential for the generations to come. A blast. Lovely.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Loving the funky ska vibes and the frantic bass.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Such a fun album! Fishbone is fantastic, a mix of so many genres making a unique sound.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Wow there’s loads going on here and I really like most of it. I’m already recommending it to people, I can’t understand why this has less than 3 stars?

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

Despite my sordid past in the scene, I had fears of hearing “ska” again after all these years, but of course this was different. It was more punk than ska, and everything I loved about the scene back then.

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Wed Sep 16 2020
4

Ska, punk band from the 80's that sounds nothing like 80's music.

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

All over the place musically. kinda jam band like

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

bonin'... good time boys...

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Surprisingly very good. Probably a great live band

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Funk-rock muy curioso y animado.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

On first impression, I thought they were Sublime. THEN I thought they were a better Sublime. I've really grown to like and appreciate these guys. I get Phish vibes in here too. They are a cool group overall- how have I not heard of them? Change, slow bus, and bonin' are my favorites.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

C'est UNE des grosses découvertes de mon projet, quel album !

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Such a tough one. I listened through multiple times convinced myself I loved several tracks. When I went back though only a couple really stuck. Freddie's dead was such a great progressive track for the late 80s

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Fun lyrics. Political. Mix of Rock/Funk/Ska/and more. Enjoyed!

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Fun! Surprised I had never listened thru before.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Cool blend of funk, reggae, and hard rock!

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Like a mix of ska with rock and something almost psychedelic at times. Weird but fun.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

I actually like this. It has a unique sound but it's upbeat and exciting. You go, Fishbone.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

It's fun!

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Fantastic, great variety of songs, feels like a band at the top of their game.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

I enjoyed this more than I was expecting. There are a lot of genres packed into this album spanning funk, ska, and some metal and new wave influences. The lyrics reflect a punk ethic and the music is energetic and joyous

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

I like this one.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

By name, I thought that maybe I had heard of this band before. Once I started listening, I realized that I was familiar with some tracks from this band, but not this album in its entirety. I am a bit ambivalent about it. The funk-rock style and the kind of cheekiness in their tone would normally appeal to me, but today it just kind of missed the spot. Actually, listening to this album just made me want to seek out something more funky (which I did). I even gave it a couple of listens thinking that maybe it just needs to grow on me...but two listens wasn't enough for the roots to set in. I will try it again on a different day and give it the benefit of the doubt for my rating.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Great mix of genre, I really liked a lot of the songs on this. Favorite track: "Ma and Pa"

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

I loved the funk/soul/ska/rock vibe of this album! Each song had a little bit of something different to it. A very fun listen, some great brass moments throughout which is always a plus.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

A lot funkier than I expected!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Ma and pa

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

I don't think I know this band, though I feel like I've seen that fish skeleton before. The album cover looks very late 80's/early 90's. So here we go. The album roars out of the gate with Freddie's Dead. The opening riff makes me want to hear more. I love the heavy duty bass and funky vibe, reminds me of Faith No More. The next song has a more island / reggae feel. By the third song we are full ska. I am so sorry this is the first time I'm hearing Fishbone. Some of the little flourishes a little too 80's, and a few of the songs are a little less successful for me (Pouring Rain, Bonin' In the Boneyard). But in the main, this is great stuff. PS after the album was done Spotify helpfully played Two Timin' Woman a collaboration between Little Richard and Fishbone. Bullseye on that one, Spotify, thank you. :)

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Stilig

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Had not heard anything by this band before and what a surprise this album is. A fair few changes across the tracks all for the good.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Very interesting funk/metal/ska hybrid. Never heard of these guys before but they kinda slap!

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

If this album was just the single of "Cry Baby" I'd still probably give it 4 stars. But I like enough of the other ones to cement my vote like a zeppelin made of lead. But good comp to Joe Cocker, Craig! I had never thought of that, but now it's all I can think of. Also, somebody buy me a Benz.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Having read the band described as punk-funk-reggae-metal I was filled with dread. Am I just a snob? Nonetheless, this is a four star album that I'll most likely never listen to again. Kicking off an album with a funk metal cover from Curtis Mayfield's best album is a ballsy move - but, as is shown again and again, Fishbone have the chops to pull it off. I found this to be a lot of fun whilst pottering about my kitchen - a mini-riot of genres and styles painted in bold technicolour. Evidently they're great musicians. However, it doesn't stick - this is fun in the vein of a fairground waltzer ride; good craic whilst it lasts.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

A band with Ska, funk and metal influences turns out to be very fun. Favourites: "Freddie's Dead", "Ma and Pa", "Boninx In the Boneyard"

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Sun May 22 2022
4

Unexpected delight. Lashings of ska, funk, rock, pop, and Prince, with a strong DIY punk aesthetic. Funny, witty and for once an album with social commentary that doesn’t feel forced. They threw everything including the kitchen sink at this record and most of it stuck.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

This one was fun, ska with an 80s vibe

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Unusual in a good way! I like the weird harmonies and creativity, I'll be revisiting this one

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

This album had a little bit of everything. Certainly more inline with my tastes

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Fishbone are one of the best live bands I have ever seen; they play a wide ranging and eclectic range of styles (metal, punk, funk, ska, etc) with versatility and high energy. With a solid rock core, augmented with multiple singers, keys and brass, they blew the audience away in the early 90s. This album is where they first starting bringing the metal elements into their sound, and really becoming what Fishbone are. They are also starting to turn their minds to more political material, with more lyrical concern particularly on race issues (although there are still plenty of party tunes on here). That said, the common wisdom on Fishbone is that their records never really captured the incredible live band they were, and this album (which I really enjoy) shows that partially to be true. They are a bit stilted in the studio, and the recording is not all it could be. Interestingly, I had just been listening to Alice Cooper's Billion Dollar Babies immediately before switching to playing this, and this sounds tinny and thin by way of comparison with Bob Ezrin's 70s production. It could be an artifact of the period in which it was recorded, and/or modest recording budget. Their next record, Reality of my Surroundings, has a much fuller sound, and they are the better for it. But this belongs on the list as an example f a truly eclectic band that could bring the goods in any style they brought their mind to.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

RHCP out- Fishbone’d Fishbone, but they’re still fun to listen to occasionally

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Surprisingly good fun

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

Wasn't expecting to like this! "Freddie's Dead," "Question of Life," "Pouring Rain," "Bonin' in the Boneyard," and "Deep Inside" are definitely my faves

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Liked this more than I thought. Good listen.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Funk-rock muy curioso y animado.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Highlights: Freddies Dead, change, ma and pa. The album is a little all over the place but the instrumentals are always exciting and its a fun and interesting album that is enjoyable to listen to

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

C’est cool. Belle énergie. Beaucoup de talent. La prouesse technique prend quelques fois le dessus sur la musique et c’est dommage. Ça vieilli plutôt bien. En fait, ça sonne 8-10 ans en avance sur son temps.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

thus far, this 1001 albums list has not contained very much ska--which is already a genre that gets ignored too often. but this is some original ska, before it took off in the nineties and aughts. but more than that, fishbone did some creative work with playing ska with metal an funk, starting off from the opening track being a cover. i'd describe many of these songs as snappy. it's gotta be the trumpet's frequent and dominating presence! the trombone and saxophone helps, too. there's a lot of smoothness here, too. even though there's some metal in here, the album still comes across as a smooth and easy listen. something this album excelled in was making every song creative and original. it never felt repetitive, boring, or stagnant.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Freddie's Dead from the album is a classic protest song

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

A really good funky ska-ish album. Enjoyed almost every song and will definitely listen to their other albums.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Very 80s movies soundtrack to begin with but each song seemed to change genre, really interesting and fun

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

an odd mix of genres but thouroughly enjoyed

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

76/100

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

Refreshingly eclectic: straight rock, ska, funk, pop, acoustic ballads. Really good. Immediately listened to it all again to make sure. I vaguely remember this band at the first Reading Festival I went to in 1993 and they put on a good show.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

-"Ma and Pa" is a nice upbeat song -Cool horns on "Question of Life" -"Pouring Rain" is a vibey slower jam that has some nice start-stop moments. The horns and drums help keep it interesting -"Deep Inside" is a quick blast of guitar rhythms and drumming fun -Big old funky bass groove in "Bonin' In the Boneyard" -Definitely a fun funk rock album. It had huge potential to be a 5 star album with just a few tweaks. Either way, it's a super strong album and definitely some enjoyable funk

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Thu Sep 03 2020
3

rad

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Thu Nov 26 2020
3

Socially conscious ska funk-rock is better on paper than in practice, at least in this case. Best track: Change

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Really nice variety!! Have not heard that from a single band over a career let alone and album.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

very punk rock. nice riffs and vocals.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

The Urge did it better.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Interesting album bridging from the Grateful Dead into ska, punk, & other 90s jam bands. Not something I'll seek out again, though.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Pretty interesting

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Very nice

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Wed May 05 2021
3

confusingly funny

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Not my style of music but I actually listened and I can see why some would consider it great

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Mon May 24 2021
3

passt schon - 3

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

There's some cool sounds here. Lord knows I love a good ska album. This was, overall, kind of flat unfortunately. I don't feel that the hard rock elements melded well with the other sounds on the album.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Call me Lloyd Dobbler cause we're about to get some truth and soul up in here. Funky, Punky and Ska tinged this is groovy as all get out.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Je ne sais pas quoi en penser. C’estbon mais j’ai l’impression d’avoir ecoute 4 ou 5 artistes. C’est rock parfois, funk, blues, folk? Je n’ai pas eu detounes memorables. 3.25

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Funky.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Interesting mix - re-listen

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Pierwszy raz slysze hamerykanska ske, po pierwszym tracku myslalem, ze to bedzie jakis klasyczny rockers, a tu taka niespodzianka juz na kolejnym kawalku, typowo skaowe brzmienie jamajskiej biesiady, a im dalej tym dziwniej, bo dochodza jeszcze funkowe ciagaty, wiec jest to dosc orginalny miks, czegos takiego nie slyszalem w slojej sluchaczowej karierze, ale najblizej bym do czerwonych goracych papryczek czili i ich krwawego cukrowego seksowego magika rownal ten album, jesli chodzi o vibe, na plejke leci ghetto soundwave bonin in the boneyard

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

More melodic than anticipated. A more polished effort from a band known for being frenzied.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Was looking forward to this based on the 'funk-rock, ska' description of the band, but it never really go me going. It felt like it started fairly well but fell away. 2.5 round up.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Bags of musical talent and good energy. I like all of the musical influences and all the genres that they've mixed together but at times it feels like mixture doesn't quite work and it'sa bit disjointed as an album. Maybe a case of less is more. Enjoyed it and could imagine they'd be wicked live, but not an album I'd be desperate to revisit. 6/10

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Levyn kansikuvan perusteella pelkäsin toista Shamenia, mutta tämähän olikin rokkia! Aikamoinen vastakohta juuri aiemmin kuuntelemaani Virgin Suicides -levyyn. Ei kuitenkaan nouse omille soittolistoille. Ei oikein tuo funk-viba lämmitä, vaikka ska-maista reipasta torvien töräyttelyä kuuluikin siellä täällä.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Puhallinsoittimista plussaa ja ihan kivat kitarat monessa biisissä, mutta tosiaan vähän ruuhkaa nuottiviivastolla ajoittain. Jotenkin ei sitten kuitenkaan kovin mieleenpainuvaa settiä. Kolmonen ihan vaan torvien ansiosta.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

My interest in this album lasted about 3 songs and then it didn’t really do anything for me. Toss up between a 2 and a 3.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

I don't really know what this, it's all the '80s in one album. I think it would take a good few listens for me to decide whether I actually like it or not.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Kelpo levy. Välillä vähän all over the place, mutta kitarointeja ja bassokuvioita ihan mielellään kuunteli ja tietty torvien töräyttelyä. Erityisesti Ma and Pa ska lämmitti (timomanterismi intended). Tämän lisäksi poimin albumikahluun soittolistalle Bonin' in the Boneyard, Subliminal Fascism ja Slow Bus Movin'. Lopun Changes oli miellyttävä akustisen kitaran tahdittama slovari rauhoittamaan muun levyn funkskahtavaa tunnelmaa.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

bonin in the boneyard. contender for best named track we've come across yet. the ska bits are good too. the rest of it is well confusing.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Another new one to me. It's an eclectic mix of rock, soul, ska, and funk. Pretty fun. Maybe I'm just not in the mood, but it's not doing a huge amount for me, and feels like a plasticky mish-mash of things (which probably isn't fair to it). Recommended for fans of Sublime though, for sure. It might improve on future listens, but 3/5 for now.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

ma and pa, pouring rain, ghetto soundwave

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

FREDDIE'S DED. You know how much I love ska.....It was kinda fun, I guess? I mean, c'mon, Bonin' in the Boneyard?? Genius.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Pretty cool blend of early ska, metal, and alternative funk. Not sure I’ll come back but it was a fun listen.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

mix of ska, metal, punk, and funk.... the blend reminds me of Skankin Pickle a bit. I can see why this was such an influential band. Solid album.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

I didn't dislike this album but I didn't really enjoy it. I do not think I need to listen to it again. I was familiar with zero of the songs.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

Yeah, it's funky. Seem like the kinda band that would kill it on Saturday night at Womad.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

At times in this album, I'd be enjoying this band's creativity and managing to make some real music out of the chaos, such as with "Freddie's Dead" and "One Day". Then at other times this album just seemed set on grating my patience, like with "Deep Inside" and "Bonin' in the Boneyard". Overall I think I'm glad I listened to this, which is worth something.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

I remember this one. Some of it’s okay.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Started off a good soul/reggae vibe but soon caused ear blindness by sounding the same, tooooo long noise on every track.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

A fun energetic ska sound. 0RS

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

A little Fishbone goes a long way. Not a fan of their frenetic, over-the-top stuff. Prefer their slower pieces.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

There is a lot going on here. So many different styles all kind of on top of each other. And they're busy styles with a lot of instruments. Dirty guitar tones are kind of a cheesy 80's high gain sound that sounds somehow both too clean but also too gain-y (not sure how to describe, but it's not my favorite sound). Production is very 80's. It's all very over the top and chaotic. I feel like I want to like this because of the punk/funk elements and the kind of out of the box aspect of it. This is definitely not your typical top 40 music - definitely feels creative and fun... but it's a bit too much for me and it didn't really click with me. It's probably actually a 2 for me but I liked their vibe and the sort of throw it all at the wall attitude, even if it didn't really work most of the time for me so 3 it is.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Gott ska. Skemmtileg áhlustun.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

Siiiiiiiiick

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

I enjoyed this ska entry in the list. That pains me to say, because the chops and energy on many of the songs were excellent. Fishbone is a band I already feel like I want to like. But as an LP, this one is all over the place.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

First song in and not what I was expecting - I thought they were a Ska band haha Ma and Pa - the only song I knew already and it's great. Questions of Life - this pretty funky Mighty Long Way - great song, kinda gospelly rock, very funky One Day - I really like this too, great rythm and the guitar solo is nice. Subliminal Facism - unsure, might love it might dislike it haha Slow Bus Movin' - pretty cool, like a funky convoy song Change - God this is a shit song. I get why it's in the album and why it's at the end but it's just a pretty awful, generic sounding song. So torn on this album, some absolutely great tracks but equally as many that I didn't enjoy. I think 3.5 stars but I'll put 4 because the good songs are really good and I wouldn't mind giving this album another listen through in the future.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

I enjoyed the variety in songs. Fun to listen to

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

This album is a strange amalgamation of so many different music styles but it keep it interesting song to song!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

King's X, Faith No More, RHCP, and ska. Definitely intriguing. I can take it or leave it.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

I remember seeing a video of them playing live years ago, crazy kinetic energy, I bet they would be super fun live. Ma and Pa is a really fun song and the best one on the album. But their adoption of so many styles in one album makes it less cohesive and somewhat gimmicky eg the Van Halen like cover of Freddie’s Dead and the EWF-esque Boning in the Boneyard.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

El primer disc amb cara i ulls de la banda, abans dels dos dobles que els garantirien una posició destacada entre les bandes alternatives dels 90. Aquí ja es dona la barreja de funk, metal y r&b marca de la casa, més extrema que la d'altres bandes com Peppers, FNM o Urban Dance Squad... Grans temes com 'Ma and Pa' o 'Change' es barregen amb altres que destaquen més per la seva voluntarietat que pel seu punch

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC - 1988 edition Jack of all trades, master of none.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

3.5/5 for this record, a lot to like but I just can not take that ska shit seriously for some reason, the first leg if this album sounds like something that would be featured on the show LazyTown. The whole album has some variety though and the second half is more funk and protest songs so I would say overall this was a very good album and I would be inclined to give it another listen sometime in the future, closer to 4/5 but I can't justify that with a couple of the tracks sounding too much like the 90's if that makes sense. Great cover of Freddie's Dead though!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

This is one of those albums I'm glad I listened to once just for how weird it is, but I don't know that I need to ever listen to it again. It's not bad by any means, but it doesn't have any consistency in theme or genre, so it's hard to think "I'm in the mood for this genre or that genre, so I'm going to listen to Truth And Soul".

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

Great band, but this album is too chaotic and unpredictable. There’s no cohesion throughout it’s just like a spastic ADHD foray through styles and tones. Love the song Ma and Pa, reminds me of my pal Peattie and the mix CDs she used to make for me.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

I can tell this album was very influential but it's aged poorly and sounds cheesy today

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Surprised to see a ska album here. Haven't heard of it before but I enjoyed it.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Lot's going on here. There's a fusion of a bunch of different styles on this like funk, soul, maybe some rock and reggae. Generally, these are styles that encourage loose, free form playing. However, this is a tight album with boatloads of discipline and measurement in this music. Boatloads of discipline is good, but boatloads of weed is better. And that's what it'll take to get these guys to relax a little. Actually, listening to this makes me need a boatload of weed to relax a little. In any case, it's evident these guys like playing music together and have put in a lot of time. The sound, even if it were less constrained, isn't my jam, but some people (like government employees and tax collectors) might enjoy this album's strict recipe for creating music.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Really enjoyed some of the songs on this album

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Felt well produced. Pleasing voice and instrumentals. That said, this just did not reach out and grab me. No specific reason, just meh. Solid C

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Alright...

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Mixture of good and bad.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Really didn't expect to like this. Pleasantly surprised.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Not into it. Remake of Freddie's Dead not near as good as the original.

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Decent ska album, but didn't stand out much to me.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

Opening track is a banger but a bit up and down after that.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Nothing bad, but nothing stood out either.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Well this starts out with a truly appalling cover version of Curtis Mayfield's classic "Freddie's dead", which took about forty seconds for me to truly hate. However, we've now moved in to a more enjoyable ska-ish feel. Is this the link between two step and California aka? Pouring Rain is dismal. It has the ska horns, some of the basslines - slowed to a dirge. Terrible. Overall - this album has some great ska on it. Anything that isn't ska is bunk. And that Mayfield cover makes me want to cry.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

It's like if Huey Lewis and the News were a ska band. Mostly upbeat songs and overall just a fun album to listen too. Not a big ska fan but I enjoyed most of it.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

I have never listened to Fishbone before. This album was a fun listen. The singer had a lot of energy and put that energy in each song. That being said the flow was very disjointed. There’s ska, punk, heavy metal, funk… but Fishbone was entirely able to balance those flavors as an overall flow. The album is a collage of the life of the band and it is a fun ride.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

Joyful, energetic, funky and soulful. Rocks surprisingly hard at times. Tonally it's a little all over the map, but this is still a pretty fun listen. Fave Songs: Ma and Pa, One Day, Pouring Rain, Freddie's Dead, Question of Life, Ghetto Soundwave

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

Seems disjointed and the album really lacks a good flow. It was fun to listen to but I like other Fishbone better.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Haha it's so inconsistent you never know what genre the next song will be. But as a skahead, I approve. It's 80s so they incorporate excessive influences from glam metal. Nothing like the blend of rock and funk bands like RHCP were about to concoct, but more like the funk rock of Prince, especially with "Bonin in the Boneyard." Some of the songs just don't work at all, the worst being the short "Deep Inside." The high energy, wild lyrics, and inconsistency make them sound goofy, but like in a more positive way than the abomination of Ugly Kid Joe. It tends to be bright, busy, and catchy. Favorite: Ma and Pa, Pouring Rain, Bonin in the Boneyard, Slow Bus Movin

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Saw them live when I was 23 in open air festival Rotterdam and remembered the energy they had when playing live. And associated them with the Cross Over music of around 1990, say Urban Dance Squad's Mental Floss for the Globe and e.g. Love Rears Its Ugly Head by Living Colour . So started listening with high anticipation, but was disappointed a bit. But was somewhat disappointed, found this album bit too cheesy for me, 3 stars.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Another band I always thought I should know. I can tell this is good musicianship and a couple songs caught my attention. However, I actually listened to this album 2X and it kept fading into the background. Just did not move me.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

These guys fall under the "I appreciate what they're doing but they're not my jam" category. I had their first album back when it came out and I dug it OK. The sound on this one reminded me a lot of 80s-era Zappa but without the memorable hooks. They're killer musicians, and I like how they can seemingly play anything under the sun. There's a lot going on, some of which is interesting. "Freddy's Dead" was cool but nothing else stuck with me. I'm going straight down the middle with a 3.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

I was surprised to see Fishbone's name among those included on this list. I owned "The Reality of My Surroundings" and "Give A Monkey A Brain And He'll Swear He's The Center Of The Universe" and saw these guys live a couple of times, but that was the extent of my explorations into the band and I don't own either of those CDs anymore. Let's do this. Damn, these guys are woefully underappreciated. This album deserves a 4-star rating based on the bass playing alone. I had to look up John Norwood Fisher's name because I should know it. He's badass. But it's the whole band. The blend of styles, the musicianship — these guys are on fire. It's at least a 3.5, but I think I'm going with a 3 because I like the songs better on "The Reality Of My Surroundings" (I listened to most of that right after this was done). It may be a matter of familiarity, though it's been a long time since listening to that album. These songs were a little more of a springboard for Fishbone's antics, and I definitely enjoyed it. I'll be listening to more from their catalog just to explore some more.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Funky

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

A lot of fun this album

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Good

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Bonefish

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Pretty good, never heard it before, but it was enjoyable.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Never thought I'd see Fishbone on here. Just the right music to get someone into the groove.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

3/5 very upbeat instrumentals

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Went into this not knowing what kind of music to expect and came out of it still not really knowing what kind of music 'Fishbone' made/make. It's ska, funk, hair metal, soft rock, 80s pop... Definitely a bit Faith No Moreish at times. It’s all over the place and often quite cheesy, but usually fun. Ma and Pa & the Pixies-esque Slow Bus Movin’ were my favourites.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

I really wasn't expecting to hear funky ska from that album cover. I don't know if this really works as an album, but it's a cool-enough collection of tunes ranging from the aforementioned ska and funk to glam metal and punk. Maybe just focus on one thing though, boys. Take some adderall.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

So very wonderfully chaotic. This record is not cohesive at all, but boy does it sound good! Even with the mish-mash of genres and the overall messiness of the album, it's such a fun listen - just a show of Fishbone's sheer talent and musical skill. Sometimes you just gotta let those creative juices burst, and that's what these guys did with this record. Although, sometimes the burst was a wee bit too much. Favorite tracks are Freddie's Dead, Ma and Pa, and One Day.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

So, this is definitely ska. Just in the 80s with Black folks, before it was a "thing" in the 90s and 2000s with white folks. This is definitely super funky and not overly reliant on copious amounts of loud offbeat trumpet, though. This was unexpected for sure, but I definitely enjoyed it. It's a pity that ska music ever strayed away from this.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Kind of a crazy mix of music. Funk, Reggae, Ska, and some Rock. It's a fun album but it's a bit all over the place. 6/10.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

First ska of the list, nice! Ma and pa was the best track by far. I don't know how to rate this. Never heard such a strange mix of styles in single album before. I listened to it 3 times though so that must say something.... Yes ska, yes rock, yes heavier rock, yes reggae, yes funk, just not all on the same album! I enjoyed the ska, reggae and heavier tracks but then there were some really mediocre sounding tracks too which let it down (One day, slow bus moving and change). Too confusing Some songs would be a 4 or 5, some would be 1 or 2.....

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Interesting stuff.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

The first track was very guns n' roses so I was a bit uninterested and then the Ska kicked in and I was wowed. Unfortunately there's a couple of those OK rock songs interspersed in the great Ska. I'm torn between a 3 and 4 because of that.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

One remembers wanting to be as funky as "Ma and Pa" and "Bonin' in the Boneyard" and "Ghetto Soundwave." Alas, one was not, not really, in one's heart of heart. The horns are a major plus here. While the overly thumpifying bass and fly, bouncy ska-punk mash-ups worked only briefly, and only on a few cuts and gave rise to much that was meh and much that was outright annoying. If there was room for only one superstar band from this genre and time, one wishes it were Fishbone and not the RHCPs who became increasingly insufferable over the years and ultimately, absolutely execrable.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

A nice album, didn't hook me totally but is a cool blend of styles and influences. 3 stars.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Funny but nothing more

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

I thought Fishbone was a ska band, but the ska influence on this album is minor.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

80’er rock, nice vokal, melodisk, reggae-vibes

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

not for me.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Okay in parts. Not really my things.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

4

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Not my tempo

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

I now have a greater understanding as to why Theon Greyjoy hated that hornblower. 4/10

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

really weird album. sounds like a bit of jazz, 60s and 70s pop and then a sprinkling of 80s rock as well. the singer has a flexible definition of sticking to one genre as well and it doesnt really work that well as a combination

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

not my favorite kind of music

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Nah, not for me really.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Ei oikei herättänyt tuntemuksia. Pari ok biisiä, mutta ei puolustanut itseään tällä listalla.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Just not a fan.

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Tue May 11 2021
2

Don’t really know what to make of this one. Kinda liked it, kinda didn’t. Some Prince vibes at times

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

aikamoisia nää jankutukset jenkkilästä (?)...

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Mon Mar 15 2021
2

Not my cup of tea but a couple of okay tunes.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

First song sounds like something that would be on guitar hero. Then we go into ska. Album has a bit of an identity crisis. Not bad but not really my cup of tea.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Haven’t heard the group before and it’s a genre I normally like, but this was not my favorite album.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Pretty funky, but nothing too memorable here.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

meh, got bored listening to this one

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Wed May 12 2021
2

average

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

Not for me

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Didn’t enjoy.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

Time has not been good to Fishbone. We didn't enjoy this much. 15 year old me in a mosh pit enjoyed it

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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

Very dated sound, high energy but weak vocals, scattered approach.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

Kinda boring

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

I'm sure I've heard something from Fishbone before, but I could not tell you what. I want to like Fishbone, but I don't think I do.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

It's obvious these guys can do anything but I found the genre jumping to be annoying Ma and pa is good

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

Funk rock and funk metal are genres with the cards stacked against them. It's taking the cleanness out of funk and the edge out of rock/metal. Fishbone, in comparison to their contemporaries (RHCP, Faith No More, Sugar Ray), is slightly more successful in this regard, but it still comes out as being a bit of a wash. The ska-inflected bits are better than the others, but it still doesn't end up feeling sounding all that great.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

I can’t do skaw

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Never even heard of Fishbone before. After sitting through Freddie's Dead, I wish this were still the case. A sort of jam on Curtis Mayfield by technically competent but soulless musicians. Ma and Pa sounds like ska punk, but with tons of synths, and the same problems as above. What I will say for this is that it has no consistent genre. Goes from the above to metal to some sort of hideous Billy Ocean pop but punkier. This band never made it - Red Hot Chili Peppers did. I'm not sure either is a present I'd want, but I'd have liked to hear what Fishbone sound like without a producer who appears to actively hate them. While I hated the songs, the genre agnosticism kept this from being the worst chore (looking at you, The Eagles and Sade).

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

Naaaaaah

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

Wasn't into tbh

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Sun Oct 31 2021
2

Funk rock.Agradables, sin más.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
2

Muy mnie

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Don’t have too strong opinions on this album. It had a variety of styles throughout and went by pretty quick. However it never really intrigued me. 4.1/10

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Sun Dec 05 2021
2

Am told that Fishbone had been known as a ska band and that they were venturing into harder and "more serious" rock. I didn't love this venturing. I mostly liked the ska parts. I really prefer the Curtis Mayflield version of "Freddie's Dead," (although as I often notice, I like Fishbone's better the more times I hear it). The album really moves around the styles, meaning it's hard to get a sense of who Fishbone is supposed to be, and none is really a favorite style of mine, meaning it's hard to want to hear more. But I don't disagree with it being in this list. Definitely interesting things happen. I liked "Slow Bus Movin'" and "Change" the most. The latter song really doesn't sound like anything else on the album, though.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Its OK, asides from a few songs I don't think I'd relisten, it's just not for me

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Sun Dec 12 2021
2

The best of this album IMO: - Pouring Rain Sounds like each song belongs in a different album or band. Ska, blues, metal, reggae... I like diversity but it doesn't sound well in this album. It's like they don't know what their band is about. Weird album. 1.7/5

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

Not a fan of this one. Felt a too avant-garde 80s vibe, going for something unique. Respect the effort, just doesn't land for me.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

I can see how this might appeal to some, but it's not really doing it for me.

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