Album Review: Reggie And The Full Effect “No Country For Old Musicians”
(By Brandy Cordova) Reggie And The Full Effect’s first album in over five years, and their first on Pure Noise Records, released today, November 19, 2013. No Country For Old Musicians is the long-awaited new album from multi-instrumentalist James Dewees, whom launched a Kickstarter project in March to fund the new album. It is also the last album to ever be produced by Ed Rose (Kurt Cobain, The Get Up Kids) at his Blacklodge Recording Studios in Kansas.
The introduction gives you the feel of country-western music, but then it rear-ends a punk mobile and the sounds that then come out of the speakers is pop/punk influence. The sounds change genre quite abruptly from one sub-genre to the next. “DMV”, which features Common Denominator, has a heavier, edgier sound to it, like what is heard in “Guerrera” earlier in the album.
Within the midst there are dance beats like in “Who Needs Another Drank” which features Floppy Disk, and “Sundae, Booty Sundae”, which features Fluxuation. “Fowlin’ Around” and “We Make a Breakfast” sound like something you would hear on a children’s movie. The rest of the songs vary from indie-rock, pop, punk and alternative. Each has their own unique lyrics that are pretty ridiculous for the most part. It reminds me of NOFX and Tenacious D mixed together with Reggie And The Full Effect’s own sound.
I would have to say that Dewees did an awesome job of blending genres into one album. Lyrics are beyond hysterical and are masterful. The entire album has something for everyone.
The band played Riot Fest Chicago in September 2013, and right after announcing the upcoming, No Country For Old Musicians, Reggie And The Full Effect also announced that they will be headlining a tour with Dad’s and Pentimento early 2014 in support of No Country For Old Musicians.