In my review of last year’s ‘Single Album,’ I found myself contemplating just how forgettable the songs must have been that didn’t make the cut for what was intended to be a double album. I mean, how good can they be if even Fat Mike himself said the songs that make up ‘Double Album’ aren’t up to par with their predecessors.
Things start off promising enough with previously released single ‘Darby Crashing Your Party’ and ‘My Favorite Enemy,’ both trademark NOFX songs that you can’t really fault except that they have already written songs just like them dozens of times before. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there on.
‘Don’t Count On Me’ comes packed with a multiple personality disorder, starting off with a twangy riff, before racing off at breakneck speed and then dissolving into an attempt at reggae. More not-so-good reggae can be heard in‘Johanna Constant Teen,’ an ode to a dominatrix who stayed with Fat Mike in New York and pushed him to complete his musical, which was as unmemorable as this song. ‘Punk Rock Cliché’ more than lives up to its title and ‘Is It Too Soon If Time Is Relative?’ finds the band taking potshots at Stephen Hawking.
After having heard ‘Double Album’ and remembering a rather uninspired NOFX show from last Summer, I think they made the right decision to pull out the plug. Or in Fat Mike’s case, the buttplug. They have seen it all, done it all, played it all and have nothing left to prove. Better to call it a day on your own terms, than ending up on life support.
Double Album track listing:
- Darby Crashing Your Party
- My Favorite Enemy
- Don't Count On Me
- Johanna Constant Teen
- Punk Rock Cliche
- Fuck Day Six
- Is It Too Soon if Time is Relative
- Three Against Me
- Gone With The Heroined