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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
How do you know that Family Force 5 are a funny bunch of fellows? Well, they name their album after everybody's favorite haircut, the Mullet, for one -- and if that didn't tip you off, there's also the fact that they have a drummer called "Crouton." But if you caught the Pulp Fiction reference in their band name "Fox Force Five. Fox, as in we're a bunch of foxy chicks. Force, as in we're a force to be reckoned with. Five, as in there's one, two, three, four, five of us" and hoped that it meant that Family Force 5 might be clever will find Business Up Front/Party in the Back a disappointment. But that assumes that anyone had expectations for the first album by ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
How do you know that Family Force 5 are a funny bunch of fellows? Well, they name their album after everybody's favorite haircut, the Mullet, for one -- and if that didn't tip you off, there's also the fact that they have a drummer called "Crouton." But if you caught the Pulp Fiction reference in their band name "Fox Force Five. Fox, as in we're a bunch of foxy chicks. Force, as in we're a force to be reckoned with. Five, as in there's one, two, three, four, five of us" and hoped that it meant that Family Force 5 might be clever will find Business Up Front/Party in the Back a disappointment. But that assumes that anyone had expectations for the first album by this band of "3 blood brothers and 2 friends." That's how they describe themselves on their MySpace page, which is also where they unleash their band manifesto: "they decided to make world history by playing a concoction of blended sounds!! Our music b uplifting and has a great message!" sic. Well, they're being partially truthful. Family Force 5 do indeed play a concoction of blended sounds which, to the untrained ear, may sound like metallic riffs and rap rhythms learned from Limp Bizkit, but given a tongue-in-cheek makeover by piling up all sorts sounds from the '80s, from analog synths to the theme from Knight Rider to harmonies lifted from urban soul records to samples of Beastie Boys' samples to Speak & Spells, which are heard on about three tracks and name-dropped in the opener, "Cadillac Phunque." Their music is indeed uplifting, if your definition of uplifting is, to paraphrase Eddie Murphy, partying all the time -- and that pretty much happens to be their message, too, since every one of the 12 songs on Business Up Front is about having a good time even the "X-Girlfriend" and bitchy "Drama Queen" seem to get smacked down; they won't get with the program and party. So, Family Force 5 don't take things too seriously, which is fair enough -- rock & roll gets boring when bands get serious. But the great unspoken rule is that, with a few exceptions, rock & roll can be seriously irritating when it tries to be funny, which is a problem that plagues Family Force 5. And, man, do Family Force 5 try to be funny! All three singers -- Soul Glow Activatur, Crouton, and Fatty -- sing in goofy voices that occasionally come across like the privileged bullies mocking the needy. They ironically sing "you cannot stop the body rock/you cannot stop the funk." They steal lines, even phrasing, from the Beasties, they tell all the ugly people to "put ur hands down." The jokes fly so fast and furious, it gets a little tiring, but they do manage a few hooks that stick even if they grate "Kountry Gentlemen" and "X-Girlfriend" chief among them. And they do have some musical acumen -- perhaps not enough to give this record either grit or kineticism, but enough to make it reasonable background noise at a party. [The Diamond Edition reissue adds three newly recorded bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624946229
  • Catalog Number: 49462

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cadillac Phunque (3:27)
  2. 2 Kountry Gentleman (3:23)
  3. 3 X-Girlfriend (3:38)
  4. 4 Drama Queen (3:51)
  5. 5 Put Ur Hands Up (4:20)
  6. 6 Love Addict (2:52)
  7. 7 Earthquake (3:05)
  8. 8 Replace Me (3:35)
  9. 9 Lose Urself (3:10)
  10. 10 Peachy (3:46)
  11. 11 Supersonic (3:07)
  12. 12 Numb (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Family Force 5 Primary Artist
Brad "20 Cent" Allen Guitar
Joe Baldridge Synthesizer, Vocals
Butch Walker Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Jieun Lee Talking
Jacob Olds Synthesizer, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Bethany Dick Talking
FF5 Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping
Cori Moon Talking
Derek Mount Guitar, Group Member
Solomon Olds Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Talking, Wurlitzer, Group Member
Joshua Olds Bass, Vocals, Synthesizer Bass, Group Member
Nathan Currin Percussion, DJ, Group Member
Technical Credits
Joe Baldridge Producer, Engineer
Butch Walker Composer, Producer
Joe Costa Engineer
Leon Zervos Mastering
Keith Tamashiro Cover Design
James Barber Producer, Executive Producer
Frank Maddocks Logo Design
Jacob Olds Composer, drum programming
Nathan Watkins Engineer
Whitey Krunck Engineer
Michael Pissari Cover Photo
Solomon Olds Composer, Producer, drum programming
Russ T Engineer
Nathan Currin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE it

    i love ff5, this album brought me to them. theyr'e 'crunk' rock is so unique, i don't mind listening to it over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Family High 5

    This band is one of the coolest bands I have ever heard!! They rock plain and simple!! I STRONGLY recommend it. Buy this CD Now!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Business up front, PARTY in the back... Family Force 5 has the right feel to it. the combo of hip hop and rock is the best I've ever heard... I recommend it to anyome that is willing to give it a try. once you go there, you wont go back... TRUST.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dance!

    Whoa! Family Force 5 is amazing! Their style makes you just want to get up and break dance, even though you might not know how. It's so fun and energizing, I don't know why anyone wouldn't love this album. So if you're looking for a way to get up in the morning with a good attitude or something that you can jog to, then here ya go. Though be careful if you're listening to it while you're running you could end up in a different country when you're through because of all the energy it gives!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This CD has to be one of my favorites ever! The music just makes you want to drop everything and go crazy. Its amazing music from an amazing band!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD!!

    FF5 has got to be one of THE best bands I've ever heard!! They're lyrics are just plain awesome, and the music is so much fun!!! I'm not much of a dancer myself, but when I'm listening to this CD, I just dance my heart out! Their CD is amazing, and the band is just awesome! Props to Family Force 5!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    wow what a band of friends. you havent lived till u listen to their songs and become involved. FF5 are outstanding i wish i could meet them, my friends and i are going to start a band like theirs and continue outreaching and spreading the love og god through "in" music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazingggg

    Business Up Front/Party in the Back is one of the best albums to buy. Family Force 5 mixs so many different genres into one album. Also, they have so much energy on the album as they do at live shows, it's impossible to hate it! If you want to listen to something funky, new, and just plain awesome, buy this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweetness in the Purest Form

    Okay. So Family Force Five just basically rocks. Everyone who likes sheer, unadulterated rock should invest in their collection by buying this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    I love this CD! It's awesome! If you don't have it...buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FF5 = LOVE

    As happy as I am that the guys are finally making it big, it kinda makes me sad because I knew them way back when the only had a 5-song EP they sold at shows for like $6. Nevertheless, Family Force 5 is an amazingly talented group of southern gentlemen (that's right, REAL gentlemen! They DO exist!) and this CD is like an instant party. So get up off your computer chair, grab some cash and your car keys, go buy this album, AND GET YOUR CRUNK ON! =D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gahh! family force five is the shiznet!!

    I absolutely love this band!!!! you have not lived till you see them live!!!!! This CD is sooo awesome and i love it to death!! Keep up the crunkness ff5!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kick a$$

    i stumbled across this album, in stores and was strapped for cash, but soon purchased it online. it was the best darn 14 bucks i ever spent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THIS CD!!

    THIS CD IS AWSOME IT LEAVES ME DANCING ALLL DAY LOONG !!!...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    The one thing i really loved about this album is that the sound is so original. It makes me want to dance and alot of my friends loved it even if its not what they normally listen to. These guys are amazing and they should keep up the good work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Cd is oh so Crunk

    This CD is everything you ever wanted.These guys have their own unique sound they don't sound like any other band(s). Their lyrics are fun, cool, and make you come back for more so check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD ROCKS!!!

    Ok, Everyone should get this cd because it is so CRUNK!!! This is a cd where you can dance and you can probably relate to the music. FF5 is one of the coolest bands ever made. If you don't get this cd you haven't lived life, you are missing out on so much fun. Anyone who has this cd will tell you that....so get this cd cus we need to keep it C.R.U.N.K. in the U.S.A. !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keeps Jiving all night

    this album has a great mix of music and songs that get you moving no matter what. I would personaly say this is a must have album for everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZINGGGGGGG

    So basically Family Force 5 is amazing. Purely talented. They have the beats to make you move. When you listen to them, you won't want to sit still. Trust me. To sum it up, you should buy their cd. It's one of a kind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This album is the best album of All TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the songs are amazingly wonderful and everyone should listen to them!

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