And we’re back. I know, I know, you all have desperately missed the reliability and punctuality that you’ve come to love and expect from Swole Ear. Well, I’ve returned from the wilderness that is Northfield, Minnesota, and am back in the Chi-ish. Hopefully, Carleton College’s Summer Writing Program has worked some kind of miracle, and this blog will turn into something worth your time.
But probably not. Anyway, here’s what I think about Foxy Shazam.
You know how sometimes, you can just tell that you’re going to love a record based on the first few seconds of the opening track? Well, that’s not the case here. This record opens with about 30 seconds of a couple of dogs barking. Those woofs and barks slowly synchronize, and then melt away into a powerful, arena ready, mosh-tastic stream of over-the-top happiness. I knew that I was going to love this record based on the first minute and a half.
You know me; I’m a sucker for catchy hooks, enthusiastic vocals, and an overall sense of happy. That’s exactly what I got out of Foxy Shazam’s Foxy Shazam. This record is relentless. It pounds you over the head with rainbows and sunshine (if you ignore a lot of the lyrics) for all of its 43 minutes. It’s pretty much screaming “YOU WILL LOVE ME” with a Heath Ledger Joker style grin on its face. And guess what, you will love it, unless you’re devoid of a soul.
Sure, lots of the lyrics deal with breakups and the suckyness of life. On the other hand, a good portion are about happiness and bright futures. Ultimately, this record bleeds pure awesome, and if you don’t like it, I don’t like you.