Brace Yourself for the Mediocre
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Sep
- Hello Lamewads
- You're with Stupid
- Red Eye to Miami
- Say Sayonara
- How Your Halo Fell
- Day of Pigs
- You're Still the One
- In Excelsis Deo
In late 2003, thousands of disappointed-yet-grateful fans bid a fond farewell to much beloved ska-rock band Five Iron Frenzy. Since the occasion also quietly closed the door on FIF's side project Brave Saint Saturn, it left many wondering if they would ever hear the knockout vocals and witty songwriting of Reese Roper again. All is not lost now that the new five-piece band Roper has risen from the ashes.
On their debut
Faith-based subjects are present but scarce. Lead single "Amplify" challenges us to live our lives "loudly" proclaiming Jesus is Lord, and "How Your Halo Fell" comforts a broken heart with the love of Christ.
The key ingredients are here to satisfy fans of the genre and of FIF, yet there's the sense that Roper (the man and the band) has settled on too conventional a sound. Not to suggest that the album title is a warning, but the music lacks the variety and hooks that once made FIF so fun and unique.