Dance or Die
By Jenny Bennett, Content Coordinator, GospelMusicChannel.com
Call me crazy, but I've never been a huge '80s music buff. I'm always a little skeptical of music that makes me laugh. I know; too serious for my own good. But I admit there's no denying the appeal of Family Force 5's upcoming '80s-infused album, a tone it takes immediately with the infectious opening track "Dance or Die." Songs well-suited for the silver screen (a sequel to The Breakfast Club or a Vin Diesel action flick, perhaps?) as well as live performances, dominate the project. The energy they emit and the actually quite musical way in which they scream still defines this group, which chooses to remain light on spiritual content and just dance. The kids love it, and I can see why. I'm most impressed by the electronically melodic "How In the World" which shows off lead singer Solomon Old's vocal prowess, the band's first indirect reference to Jesus with "DIE-4-YOU," that incorporates an echoey microphone, giving the effect of a live performance sound, and the above-average positive message of "Radiator." It is really interesting to hear what innovative things these guys do with their arrangements. And rumor has it an engineer friend of theirs has custom-built a drum machine for their live shows that you've got to see to believe. Their performances are where it's at, but it's cool that that quality really comes across on the album.
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